We’ve been looking forward to Colette (2018), the biopic about the French author (born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 1873-1954) of works including Gigi and Chéri. Keira Knightley stars, with Dominic West (The Hour, The Devil’s Whore) as her husband Willy and Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark, Death Comes to Pemberley, The White Queen) as a potential love interest. The film is set during their marriage, which was 1893 to 1906, and focuses on Colette’s initial years as a writer trying to come out from under — quite literally — Willy’s thumb.
The film screened at Sundance in January and has a limited U.S. release on September 21, 2018 (probably to qualify for award season?). Wider release is slated in the U.K. on January 25, 2019, and then watch for more in America and elsewhere.
Keira can (not always! Sometimes I like her!) irritate me as much as the next person, but I’m really digging the costumes, and what I see of her performance in the trailer looks good (I only spot one clompy moment!):
The costumes were designed by Andrea Flesch, a Hungarian costume designer who has a number of films on her credit list; only the Tulse Luper Suitcases series jumps out as being historic.
Colette is depicted as being modern — she’s a woman writer who is going to have some same-sex relationships, so her wardrobe reflects her crossing of gender boundaries. They’ve definitely referenced some photos of the real Colette, which makes me pretty happy! Here’s two practical suit-esque outfits, one earlier than the other:
Now, working through the trailer, skipping costumes that aren’t clearly depicted:
Will you see Colette when it comes out?