Though the film is set in 1950s London, the ups and downs experienced by the designer are just as relevant today. At least according to Jenna Lyons, the former president and creative director of J. Crew.
“The things that are prevalent for every designer: feeling let down or emotionally spent after you finish something big, and on top of that, constantly wanting to hear feedback, but not wanting to hear feedback, wanting to know people love you, but not wanting to know people love you,” Ms. Lyons said. “Everyone goes through that. You give something of yourself. It’s always tense and emotional.”
Dresses — long, short, voluminous, sleek, layered, monochromatic and colorful — played an important role in the film. They reflected the inner turmoil of Mr. Day-Lewis’s character, and the turbulent connection between him and his lover.
Guests seemed to honor that role, showing up in elegant gowns, suits and furs. It was very cold outside, but plenty of toes were on display.
And what was it like to wear all of the film’s beautiful costumes? “I always loved dresses, like girls love them,” Ms. Krieps said, wrapping a scarf over her strapless dress. But, she added, “It was difficult to be so patient and sportive, and be a nice girl and sit still and not destroy the dress.”