I have finally watched La La Land (you may have seen me mention it here) and it was as amazing as everyone says it is. It’s got both Ryan Gosling (I’ve loved him since The Notebook) and Emma Stone (one of my fave female actresses) in and the costumes, which all seem to be made in primary colours, are beautiful. I think the costume designer has done an incredible job with the clothes in the film.
One of the main reasons I wanted to go to the cinema to see La La Land was because of the fashion. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you really should. The trailer shows some of the amazing costumes that Emma wears, but it goes without saying that you can see them in better detail in the film.
Although I’d really love to recreate each one, there are a few dresses that stand out in particular for me, so I thought I’d do a round-up of the costumes I loved. Read on for more.
Here are all my favourite dresses from the film, why they’re so wonderful and how I might recreate them. Let me know whether you agree with my choices!
A special mention goes to the lilac dress, the navy belted skirt, the denim shirt and navy jumper combo, the pink collared dress and the blue shift dress too, which I also loved.
The blue dress
I mean, look at it! It’s electric, it includes a plunge neck and a flowing skirt. What’s not to love? This is a perfect dancing dress in a really striking and bold colour. In the film, this dress has a sweetheart bodice underlay with a halter neck, wraparound, overlay. If you have any suggestions on how to recreate this one, I’m all ears!
The yellow dress
This one is my actual fave for its classic style, short sleeves and a cinched in waist. Plus Emma’s character wears it to dance with Ryan! It’s not plain as it appears in the trailer, but instead has flowers all over it. It has a vintage feel so I’m hoping there’s a pattern out there that is similar. Although I’ve yet to find the perfect sewing pattern, this vintage McCalls one comes quite close.
Here’s another view of the beauty from behind:
The navy dress
This dress, that Emma wears in an iconic scene, screams out to be made in a Flora bodice in a beautiful navy silk. The skirt is a little bit flowier than it appears in this photo though so I’d probably hack the bodice or self-draft a separate skirt.
The green dress
Look at the sweetheart neckline, the slightly off-the-shoulder look of the dress (and Emma’s face as she wears it). This is a glamorous dress and calls for a special occasion to wear it. Although the skirt is more of a circle skirt, a hack of the Cambie dress might work.
Here’s another pic:
Purple is my favourite colour and this dress certainly makes me want to recreate it straightaway. This is a definite wear-to-a-ballgown beauty and looks slightly like the blue dress above but a little more elegant. It’s actually very Marilyn Monroe, don’t you think? Although Emma only wears this briefly in the film, it’s very similar to the blue dress, although not quite the same. This Vogue pattern could be a contender if I were to make it myself.
The white dress
Again, what a beauty! I think this is the very same dress bodice as the green one, but it has a different skirt, which is slightly longer and has a couple of layers. This dress has the sweetheart neckline, the slightly off-shoulder sleeves and it’s backless too! It’s definitely a contender for the number one dress in La La Land, except that the yellow dress is more wearable everyday. The Cambie pattern could work once again, but I’d obviously want to hack the back bodice pieces to make it backless.
If you’re looking for dresses in all the colours of the rainbow, the costume designer for La La Land is probably your best bet! Now I’m going to have to go and watch the film again!
All images are screenshots from the film