After working late making final tweaks to your upcoming collection, our small team took a trip to our local cinema to watch Christopher Nolan’s recently released and much-acclaimed Dunkirk.
General consensus was that Nolan did a decent job exploring the history of the evacuation, the Spitfire scenes were tremendous, Harry Styles can act afterall, and boy, did costumer designer Jeffrey Kurland nail that on-screen garb.
Much like our own design process, Kurland has since said in interviews that as well as looking through old archive newspapers and photographs, he and his team sought out authentic 1940s uniforms, examining the texture and tones used, in order to help prepare for the mammoth task of re-creating these for the thousands of actors working on the production.
Feeling inspired, we thought we’d pick out a few of our satorial highlights from the film and show you how you can add a few of those details to your own wardrobe this winter.
Before battle dress uniforms were changed to more lighter, breathable cotton fabrics, soldiers wore wool field jackets and trousers and in the film, the majority of characters are wearing woolen battle dress in subtly differentiated shades green and brown.
Made from a soft wool-blend, our long-sleeved overshirt features oversized front flap pockets, each secured with one of our signature gunmetal buttons and contemporary displaced shoulders for every-day off-duty dressing – issue #RE0418.
There’s not too much civilian wear seen through out the film, apart from the hopeful bursts of colour worn by characters seen on the small boats, en route to rescue the stranded soldiers. The red fisherman jumper worn by Tom Glynn-Carney as Peter, was hand-knitted by a lady names Jane Whatley from her home in Surrey.
As most of you probably already know, our knitwear collection is also made right here in England… and always has been. Highlights include classic Steve-McQueen style shawl collar cardigans, chunky fisherman style moss-stitch jumpers and commando beanie hats - issue #knitwear.
Tom Hardy as Farrier wears a full RAF uniform in the Spitfire cockpit scenes – a warm-looking fur-collared flight jacket, layered over a wool turtleneck jumper and a pair of leather flying gloves.
Featuring the three-seam detailing, as seen on an original 1930s pair that we found in the IWM archives, our officer gloves are made from a soft, real leather and lined with a comfortable cashmere, lambswool lining – issue #RE0232.
A black peacoat is an enduring classic. Originating in the 17th century, the name comes from the Dutch word for a pilot’s jacket ‘pijjaker’. As seen on Kenneth Branag’s character “Commander Bolton”, the style has been favoured by navies throughout history, but is equally at home on land. Our wool peacoat is double-breasted for warmth with a large, protective collar designed to keep out the wind and rain – issue #RE0123. Worn with a chunky ecru roll neck jumper - issue #RE0358.
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