Thursday, October 7, 2010
Sewing Scenes: Pretty in Pink
An excellent movie. Though I was a little young for it when it came out, I did—for some inexplicable reason—have the novelization. (Ah, the life of a young bookworm.) As I recall, the book had great descriptions of Andie's DIY New Wave style and, of course . . . THE dress. I did finally see the movie in recent years and it is a charmer, in the way that teen romances of this era so often were.
Funny side story: I saw Easy A this week, and the main character has a scene where she laments that modern teen life isn't like a John Hughes movie. (Sing it, sister.)
Another funny side story: there's a short sewing scene in Easy A! Have any of you seen it?
But back to the movie at hand.
I think it came as a bitter disappointment to vintage-lovers everywhere that Andie took this fabulous 50s prom dress . . .
The dressmaking idea at the heart of the movie, though, is that Andie takes something that isn't quite right and transforms it so it works for her—and so that it, in turn, transforms her. And isn't that what so many of these film sewing scenes are about?
What are your thoughts on THE dress, readers? Did you like it when the movie first came out—or has your opinion of it only soured with time?
Sadly, I was unable to find a video clip of the montage where she makes the dress. Please let me know if you can find it. In the meantime, take a trip down memory lane with the adorable trailer: