How to Sum Up Your Main Character and a Film Through Wardrobe
What if Films were Shop Windows? or How to Sum Up Your Main Character Through Wardrobe
They say one image equals a thousand words. Manchester based photographic poster artist Jordan Bolton took this premise and gave it a twist: one wardrobe equals a film.
In his latest series, Bolton explores fashion and costumes in film by reimagining films as shop window displays. Each poster is made by recreating the costumes of a character from an iconic film in miniature and arranging them in a handmade shopfront.
Here is what Bolton says about his creative process, which is a precise and dedicated one:
“First I search out films which have a single character whose clothes are in themselves interesting to look at and express certain characteristics.
I make the posters by watching through the film, and taking screen shots of every outfit. Then I decide which outfits of that character I think best represent their overall style, for instance in Breakfast at Tiffanys and Clueless, the main character wear many outfits, so as I don’t have the space to show them all, I choose those that touch upon different aspects of their style.
I make the outfits from paper, usually by separated the piece into different sections and then fitting them together as they would be if the clothes were actually being made. For example, if it is a jacket, I will separately make the sleeves, lapels, torso, cuffs, buttons, all out of paper and then glue them together at the end, I found this was the best was of achieving a realistic look.
I make the actual shop front out of foam board, which I cut out and stick against a paper background, then I place the paper clothes on a mannequin I make out of wood and arrange that in the shop front.”
Which characters come to your mind when it comes to emblematic wardrobes? The first that I thought of was Django, because of the blue outfit, then Lizbeth Salander (although it’s probably more the hairstyle that comes to mind first), and of course it’s hard to avoid mentioning Harry P.
You can find Bolton series on his Shop.