There are celebrity style moments that fit perfectly, and then there are moments that really stick with you, moments you try your best to recreate at home. In ‘Great outfits in fashion history‘Fashion editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.
Perhaps one of director Wong Kar-Wai’s best films is “In the Mood for Love,” a visually appealing, slow-moving romance released in 2000 but set in New York. 1960s Hong Kong. Although it depicts a long time before I was born, something about the lush cinematography, exquisite wardrobe, and incredible plot makes me feel has an inexplicable connection to the film.
“In the Mood for Love” starring legendary Cantonese actor Truong Man Ngoc as Mrs. Chan, a secretary who suspects her husband of cheating on her. Her neighbor, journalist Chow Mo-wan (played by Tony Leung), also raises similar suspicions about his wife. As the two come together to solve the puzzle of their spouse’s infidelity (with each other anyway), the protagonists also begin to develop forbidden feelings for each other.
The film’s brilliance is enhanced by William Chang’s costume design. Fashion is used as a means of plot throughout – the coincidences of each protagonist’s spouse is what makes them unfaithful. But perhaps the most amazing work is the rotation of cheongsam (or qipao) that Truong Quoc Vinh wears. Based on CNN STyle, Chang has nearly 50 pieces of traditional Chinese clothing, only about 25 showing up in the final cut.
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The above still captures the climax of the film, as the two characters attempt to confess their love to each other. Cheung wore a beautiful floral print cheongsam in purple, green and magenta. The texture of her outfit matches the look of a modern cheongsam, which has been tweaked for enhanced hemlines and a more body-hugging silhouette from its traditional cut. Cheung wore her hair up in a high bun to better reveal her starry high collar, the tight dress was perhaps a metaphor for her emotional tightness. The sleeveless style decorated with roses and daffodils is made of thin chiffon and set on structured tweed.
The light-colored ensemble effectively contrasts the dimly lit hallways and dark alleys where much of the film takes place, as well as the mostly darker wardrobe worn by Chow. Cheung completed the look with a simple brown purse and silver earrings, which made the dress stand out.
Explore the gallery below for cheongsams and cheongsam-inspired pieces that express the same feeling as Truong Man Ngoc in “In the Mood for Love”.
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