40s Vintage Style: The Edge of Love
My favourite shot from the film. Gorgeous 1940s red coat and tooled vintage bag
The award for the most ridiculous, stonkingly bad film I saw all last year goes to The Edge of Love, starring Sienna Miller and Keira Knightly (should have been a clue right there). It is a biopic loosely based on a love triangle between Dylan Thomas, his wife Caitlin, and their friend Vera Phillips. In fact the interpretation is so loose as to be almost entirely disconnected; the director admits in an interview with the Times that there is no evidence that there was any affair, but adds “We wanted to find the dramatic truth about the characters”. Which I think translates as “the story wasn’t interesting enough so we just made it up and hoped no-one would notice”.
On the plus side, the film has some lovely 1940s vintage clothing; in particular I like what the girls wear once they move from London to cold, windy Wales. There are loads of sweet little cardigans layered with puff sleeve shirts, ruffled floral tea-dresses, socks and wellies. I am sure it is entirely unrealistic given the rationing and shortages that were in place in Britain at the time, but this is one instance in which I am happy to allow artistic licence.
Watch only if you wish to see Keira attempt to master a Welsh accent. (Spoiler: she fails. Our favourite line was ’damn yow for making me love yow’).
Striped short sleeve cardigan and pink floral tea dress, honeycomb cable cardigan and houndstooth pencil skirt
Blush pink embroidered cable knit cardigan
Pointelle cardigan and Fairisle vest
Long socks and turned down wellies. Tea dress and embroidered cardi on Keira and pleated pink wool skirt with lace blouse and grey trilby on Sienna
Does anyone know what this kind of knit is called? I’m not sure whether it is a kind of cable or something else
The floral embroidery on this cardigan is gorgeous, and it matches perfectly with the pale eggshell blue dress
Striped cardigan and peter pan collared blouse. Agitated blonde woman.
Detail of Keira’s cardigan from the first shot
Cream ribbed knit top
Military ‘boyfriend’ jacket (ha!) worn over the ubiquitous tea dress
(why would you sleep with skanky old Dylan Thomas when Cillian Murphy is on offer?)
A few delicate silk dressing gowns
Sassy black hat (need to remember to wear hats to the side more often)
…and the rest of the outfit. Burgundy velvet skirt, suitcase and sunglasses
Coat detail. I like the single button at the top, the gathering over the bust, the neat little belt and the power shoulders. Much smarter than most of the coats we get around in these days.
Which is your favourite outfit? Or am I alone in my 1940s cardigan obsession?