On January 30, Little Women, directed by Greta Gerving, premiered. And despite the fact that this is already the eighth screen version of the novel by American writer Louise May Alcott, the excitement for the film this time became special. It was nominated for an Academy Award, and the cast with Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Lauren Dern and Meryl Streep deserves all the accolades.
Costume designer Jacqueline Durran (by the way, she is also the author of costumes in the films "Pride and Prejudice" and "Atonement") in an interview with British Vogue noted that the decisive moment in her work was not only textures and details, but also colors … She studied the characters of the characters and chose one or another shade for each.
We asked psychologist and coach Anna Baranova to comment on the portraits of the main characters - sisters Joe, Meg, Amy and Beth, as well as their mother Marmi and Aunt March. It turned out very interesting!
Joe (Saoirse Ronan)
Primary colors: red and indigo
Anna Baranova, psychologist, coach, author of books on psychology and self-development: “Red is a symbol of passion, energy, sometimes even aggressive. It is not surprising that this shade prevails in the clothes of Joe's older sister. According to the plot, this girl is distinguished by activity and independence, she knows exactly what she wants from life, and for the sake of her dream of becoming a writer she is ready to go against the opinion of Aunt March (and no one dared contradict her).
Also, for the dresses of the heroine, the colors were chosen, which are most often chosen by people focused on career and self-development, blue and black."
Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran: “Joe is the most active among the sisters, she wants to build a career and live by her own rules. That is why there are no corsets in her costumes, with this we wanted to show her love of freedom."
Meg (Emma Watson)
Primary colors: all shades of green, from light to rich emerald, and lavender
Anna Baranova, psychologist, coach, author of books on psychology and self-development: “In Meg's wardrobe there were many green shades of clothes that symbolize both the energy of calmness and the energy of life, procreation. And these energies are very suitable for the character of the heroine: she spends her whole life taking care of her sisters, her relatives, she does not quarrel with anyone and loves to solve problems peacefully. Also, the heroine leaves her dreams of an actress's career in order to create her own family - to get married, become a mother (that is, continue her family).
In the elements of her clothes, we can also observe lavender - a shade of lilac with a pink undertone. Most often, this color is chosen by romantic and gentle girls who believe in goodness and love for life, and also treat any trials of fate with humility. That was exactly what Meg was."
Amy (Florence Pugh)
Primary colors: blue tints
Anna Baranova, psychologist, coach, author of books on psychology and self-development: “Amy most often wears blue dresses - a symbol of lightness, serenity, freedom. And it suits her rather frivolous, dreamy and trusting character very much."
Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran: “The most fashionable of the sisters, from early childhood she strove to decorate herself. When she moved to Paris, she began to dress even better, according to the latest trends of the time. Her style was influenced by the paintings of the Impressionists, whom she admired, but tried to compare with her own works. It's amazing that she tried to be beautiful in any situation, even in difficult times and during mourning."
Beth (Eliza Scanlen)
Primary colors: brown, pink
Anna Baranova, psychologist, coach, author of books on psychology and self-development: “Brown is a symbol of stability, and pink is the color of kindness, innocence and romance. It is not for nothing that these shades were chosen for Beth, a girl who is true to her ideals and is ready to sacrifice herself for the good of others."
Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran: “Unlike fashionable Amy, Beth didn't care how she looked. She loved being at home, so her indoor and outdoor clothes were almost the same."
Sisters' mom - Marmi (Laura Dern)
Primary colors: blue and green with the addition of bright red details
Anna Baranova, psychologist, coach, author of books on psychology and self-development: “Blue is the color of reliability, green is a symbol of calmness and at the same time life, and the details of the red shade speak of originality. All this is very suitable for the judicious, wise and at the same time progressive and modern Marmi. She is definitely the embodiment of the ideal mother."
Costume Designer Jacqueline Durran: “Marmi, as the most important in the family, had to look strict and bright. We chose Victorian outfits for her that were different from her daughters' outfits. And to emphasize the progressive nature of the heroine, we diluted the images with bright details - unusual prints or a red ribbon."
Aunt March (Meryl Streep)
Basic colors: black, dark brown
Anna Baranova, psychologist, coach, author of books on psychology and self-development: “Aunt March is the most strict and conservative in the family. She wears dark clothes made of expensive fabrics, handpicked with incredibly delicate taste. And she, like no one else, suits the shades of brown, symbolizing reliability and stability, as well as black, which speaks of her as a confident woman in herself and her thoughts."