The Sartorial Style of Wes Anderson

Somewhere between fantasy and reality, the real and the surreal, the past and the present, lies a Wes Anderson production. With now a total of eight feature-length films under his tan leather belt, the American screen-writer and director is the creator of a recognisable movie world that is both foreign, yet familiar. A visual narrative that blends vintage elements with a timeless approach, coloured brightly and styled impeccably.

Grand Budapest Hotel

Jude Law, his wonderful Norfolk jacket, and Jason Schwartzman in ”The Grand Budapest hotel”.

If you’ve seen just one of his films, chances are you’ll remember the costume design just as much as the characters; the seventies tennis sweat-band of Richie Tenenbaum, Steve Zissou’s orange beanie and the tan leather luggage carried through the Darjeeling Limited. Such unique touches, along with an ensemble cast, is what we’ve all come to love and expect from a Wes Anderson film.

Darjeeling limited

“The Darjeeling limited”, a gentleman’s travel inspiration.

Since much of his characters are male, the menswear in particular in his films is incredibly inspiring. And far-reaching too, with endless references to riff off, from tailored suits to preppy Ivy League blazers, sportswear, tweed jackets, western-fashion, not to mention an endless array of hats. All crossing a range of unexpected colour palettes. Uniforms are also a particular focal point explored, from the neat khaki shirts and badges of the boy scouts in Moonrise Kingdom, to the red tennis tracksuits in the Royal Tenenbaums.


Jason Schwartzman in Wes Anderson second movie, “Rushmore”.

While the costume’s have always been impeccably tailored, Anderson’s latest film The Grand Budapest Hotel is the most sartorial yet. Set within a lavish hotel, the costumes are equally so. three-piece suits, military uniforms, tweed coats and 1920s-style concierge uniforms in royal purple all play a major role in setting the scene, as did the the bow-tie, worn by Gustave H in opulent red velvet.

Indeed, the costumes from The Grand Budapest Hotel are as good as they look on the screen, designed by Milena Canonero and made by the legendary Italian Tirelli tailoring house. Which just goes to show that while Wes Anderson’s characters may be the stuff of fantasy, the costumes are a wonderful reality.


Originally published on Monsieur London 

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