Fancy making your creative mark on an official campaign for the most fabulous film of the season? Of COURSE you do. Focus Features wants to see your stunning, digitally-illustrated posters for Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. Here’s some inspiration to help you capture the glamour of Paris, the drama of Dior, the elegance of 1950’s silhouettes, and more. 

1950s fashion and the drama of Dior

Take a closer look at the designs that have made generations of women (and men) swoon – dresses with shorter, fuller skirts, pinched waists, and accentuated busts (check out some examples here and here). 

Watch the trailer above and pay special attention to the aesthetic details, from hair and make-up (check out the killer nails at 1.08) to jewellery and millinery. There are plenty of interesting visual parallels and contrasts, too - from feather dusters to fur trims, headscarves to tiaras. Which of these could you bring to life in your artwork? 

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One look at a Dior dress is enough to make Mrs. Harris fall in love with the label and alter the course of her life forever.  

As was the norm in the 1950s, the costumes in the film are heavily tailored and altered to have the perfect, form-skimming fit. Most of the outwear (coats, hats) is made from beautifully fine wool, and the dresses are all nipped-in at the waist and flow down to calf-length.

 
 
 
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Prominent busts, cinched waists, full skirts and the silhouette of a trim yet hourglass figure was all the norm for fashion in France in the 1950s - and heavily influenced by Dior. The very first haute-couture ready-to-wear licensing company was founded in 1954, allowing this decade to be truly transformational for fashion. The war-torn 40s were over, and fashion was a fun celebration of the luxury and cultural advances that followed.

We'll always have Paris

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The City of Love plays a key role in this movie. Paris represents mythical romance, yearning, and the unbridled thrill of following a lifelong dream. How might you bring to life the spirit of the Louvre, the Sacre Coeur or the Notre Dame? Consider the curves of the Seine, the spiralling arrondissements (in the shape of a snail on the map of Paris), or the sweeping upwards arcs of the Eiffel Tower. How might this geometry shape your art?

We can’t wait to see the treats you’re going to send us. For a dash of extra inspiration check out some iconic Parisian imagery from our friends at EyeEm and Ello. Bon chance!

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