Thursday, December 26, 2013

Original American Hustle movie costumes on display...

On my recent return from the U.K. to L.A. I was greeted by a veritable cornucopia of movie costume exhibits at ArcLight Hollywood, everything from fantasy costumes from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to Joaquin Phoenix's film wardrobe from Her (more on those soon) and probably the most fabulous displays of them all were these over-the-top 70's inspired costumes from American Hustle.

American Hustle costume exhibit at ArcLight Hollywood
original American Hustle movie costumes
American Hustle movie costume exhibit
American Hustle movie costumes
American Hustle Bradley Cooper Amy Adams movie costumes
American Hustle film costumes
American Hustle movie costumes
American Hustle movie costume exhibit ArcLight Hollywood
These five fabulous outfits worn by the all-star cast in David O'Russell's acclaimed new crime comedy drama were designed by Michael Wilkinson and photographed on display at ArcLight Hollywood cinema on December 21, 2013.

You can also see his costume designs in Watchmen, Sucker Punch, Tron: Legacy and most recently his new Superman suit design in Man of Steel.

American Hustle movie billboard
American Hustle movie billboard
American Hustle is based on the real life FBI ABSCAM sting operation of the late 70's and early 80's, when a con-artist is recruited by an unorthodox FBI Agent along with his partner and lover, to go undercover into the corrupt world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

Costume worn by Bradley Cooper as Richie DiMaso 
in American Hustle
Bradley Cooper Richie DiMaso costume American Hustle
Bradley Cooper American Hustle costume
Bradley Cooper American Hustle costume jewelry
Bradley Cooper American Hustle Richie DiMaso costume
Bradley Cooper American Hustle costume shoes
In the movie Bradley Cooper plays the wild FBI Agent 'Richard "Richie" DiMaso' who catches the small-time con-artist duo and recruits them to work for him.

Apparently the Costume Designer was influenced by such films as Goodfellas and Atlantic City, plus referenced magazines, TV shows and advertisements from the era to help create the period looks, and Saturday Night Fever was especially influential for the look of Bradley Cooper's Bronx born character, like this silk shirt and scarf outfit.

If you're a fan of the actor, be sure to check out Bradley Cooper's police costume from The Place Beyond The Pines (he must be attracted to playing law enforcement characters).

Dress worn by Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser 
in American Hustle
Amy Adams Sydney Prosser dress American Hustle
Amy Adams dress American Hustle
Amy Adams Sydney Prosser costume American Hustle
Amy Adams Sydney Prosser American Hustle dress
American Hustle movie costumes
Amy Adams American Hustle costume shoes
Amy Adams American Hustle Sydney Prosser movie costume
Amy Adam's plunging Studio 54-style halter sequin dress may not have been in the middle of this costume display, but it certainly was the 'wow' centerpiece of the exhibit and literally dazzled from its display case.

In the film the actress plays 'Sydney Prosser', former stripper, and the business scam partner and mistress of Christian Bale's 'Irving Rosenfeld' con man character. This outfit is clearly not worn by a damsel in distress, but rather a master manipulator who is able to play both her lover and her FBI handler.

If you love the actress, be sure to also check out Amy Adams movie costumes from Enchanted on display.

Costume worn by Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld 
in American Hustle
Christian Bale Irving Rosenfeld American Hustle costume
Christian Bale Irving Rosenfeld outfit American Hustle
Christian Bale American Hustle movie costume
Christian Bale American Hustle costume cuff detail
Christian Bale American Hustle shoes
Christian Bale Irving Rosenfeld costume American Hustle
Christian Bale once again morphs into someone almost unrecognizable in this new movie, with the aid of a comb-over, some facial hair and about an extra 40 pounds of weight from his usual muscular Batman physique, or even more than his ultra-skinny look for The Machinist.

He plays the conman 'Irving Rosenfeld', based on the real-life 70's sting operation con artist, Mel Weinberg, and wears this signature blue suit in the movie (which is even featured on the promotional billboards and posters).

For a more familiar look for the actor, be sure to check out Christian Bale's Batman suits from The Dark Knight trilogy on display.

Dress and fur worn by Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld 
in American Hustle
Jennifer Lawrence Rosalyn Rosenfeld American Hustle costume
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle film costume
Jennifer Lawrence Rosalyn Rosenfeld American Hustle dress fur
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle movie costume
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle costume shoe
Jennifer Lawrence American Hustle Rosalyn Rosenfeld costume
Not content to dominate the box office as 'Katniss Everdeen' in The Hunger Games movie franchise, Jennifer Lawrence also stars as Irving's unstable wife and mother of his child in this movie, again showing her amazing range as an actress.

Amy Adams dazzling dress may be a real showstopper, but 'Rosalyn Rosenfeld's' white dress and luxurious fur makes for a real spectacle too.

Costume worn by Jeremy Renner as Mayor Carmine Polito 
in American Hustle
Jeremy Renner Mayor Carmine Polito costume American Hustle
Jeremy Renner American Hustle movie costume
Jeremy Renner American Hustle outfit
Jeremy Renner American Hustle costume shoes
Jeremy Renner Carmine Polito American Hustle costume
And finally of the lead cast, here's the suit, complete with frilly shirt, worn by Jeremy Renner as 'Carmine Polito', the mayor of Camden, New Jersey, who the FBI target to entrap and use in their sting operation.

If you're a fan of the actor, be sure to check out the bomb suit from The Hurt Locker, the film which propelled Jeremy Renner's career into the Hollywood A-List.

You have to agree, this was a pretty spectacular display of costumes, especially as they were worn by so many big Hollywood names.

Buy the movie soundtrack: American Hustle

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