One of the many reason to see Catherine Breillat’s sumptuous adaption of Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly’s Une Vieille Maîtresse (The Last Mistress) are the impeccable Anaïs Romand designed costumes. Though period films have always been a source of design inspiration there are few whose costumes rise above the veritable sea of faux Napoleonic copies. All the hustle and and bustles rarely are able to be more than just rented eye candy but the ornate Romand gowns with their softly vibrant tones and shimmering fabrics resonate as real. The clothing looks worn and lends an air of authenticity to the often melodramatic events of the film itself. Of course the sartorial fancy is not reserved for the ladies – Brelliat’s chief libertine, Ryno de Marigny has some of the most ingenious costumes of the whole film. His powder blue suits and elegant refinery are made all the more dashing by the striking actor, Fu’ad Ait Aattou.
The entire film is a Meisel editorial waiting to happen – don’t be surprised when you see it in Vogue Italia.