Funny Face: finished!
Last night I spent a while uploading my final screenshots to the Funny Face section of Project Audrey here. I’ve been putting it off for a bit, as it’s a time-consuming process. Especially because Funny Face is such a costume-heavy film! Which I’m sure was entirely deliberate, and is part of its “wish-fulfillment” allure for an audience. After all, Audrey Hepburn’s character Jo not only gets to star in her very own solo catwalk show, but also gets to model a glamorous array of outfits for a magazine photoshoot around Paris. But so many outfits means that some of Audrey’s costumes get literally only seconds of screen time (which also makes getting decent pictures tricksy!).
I love the film’s photoshoot sequences- Fred Astaire’s character attempts to coach Jo how to model for the camera by giving her little stories and reference points: “A rendezvous at the opera. Two seats. He didn’t show up. You’re furious. When I say go, walk down with fire in your eyes and murder on your mind…”
And then there’s the moment he realises Jo has outgrown him and can now make up her own stories: “I know. I’m a princess at a ball. The bird is Prince Charming, turned into a bird by a sorcerer. But we’ve decided not to let it spoil the ball and to go on dancing as if nothing had happened….”
(By the way, I’m intrigued by the skirt on this particular dress. The roses look as if they are embroidered on a fairly thick silk, but as such a thick silk wouldn’t gather into the waist, it looks as if the embroidered section is mounted on a thinner silk around the hip:)
While screenshotting, I started to notice the sheer number of gowns Audrey wears that have floating panels at the back:
(A number only equalled by the vast array of sailor collar jackets that Kay Thompson’s character Maggie Prescott seems to have tucked away in her wardrobe…)