Costume designer Andrea Flesch
assembled more than 50 outfits to define the title character in “Colette
,” a film in which period costumes strongly support the story of avant-garde French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, who lived from 1873 to 1954 and became identified with such issues as creative copyright ownership and women’s emancipation.
The film, directed by Wash Westmoreland (“Still Alice
”), stars Keira Knightley
as “Colette,” a girl from rural France who marries Willy, a sophisticated Parisian writer played by Dominic West
. Bleecker Street will release the picture Sept. 21.
Flesch aimed to define Colette as she embarks on her journey from country to city and from suppressed ghostwriter to literary fame, perhaps most notably for the 1944 novella “Gigi
,” on which the 1958 best picture Oscar winner is based. “From the beginning, Wash and I discussed our vision of the film,” she says. “What’s special in her character is that she always finds her way to be unique and modern.