Costume Designer Arianne Phillips for Madonna’s W.E. Movie

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Andrea Riseborough and James D’Arcy who play Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII in the movie modeled in the photo shoot for Vanity Fair magazine (Sep.2011).
The Oscar-nominated costume designer worked with such labels as Cartier, Dior, and Dunhill for the 60 or so wardrobe changes in the film – the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were the fashion icons of their day. Arianne Phillips says: “Wallis and the Duke both made a lifestyle out of presentation… It was a beautiful façade. He said that because she never got a title he gave her jewelry to make her feel royal.”

For 50 years the Windsors were known for their rebelliousness, their extravagance, and their impeccable taste, and “Wallis was the epitome of style and grace, and Andrea Riseborough captured this and so much more,”- says Madonna.
Photo: Tom Munro


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