It's probably true that Allied's lead actors, Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, could wear rags and still look stylish, but fortunately they don't have to.
Costume designer Joanna Johnston, known for her work in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Forrest Gump, and Saving Private Ryan, has clad the stars in a "lifted, glamorous, old-fashioned Hollywood style." Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Allied is a visually dazzling movie about duplicity, and Johnston's designs are a chic mask for the characters' threads of deceit.
All that aside, here's the best part: You could totally wear these looks today.
Marion Cotillard as Marianne Beausejour and Brad Pitt as Max Vatan
In this scene Marianne and Max attend the German Embassy in Casablanca, with an earnest mission at hand. "That's the most dressed Marianne is," said Johnston, "I wanted to her to be very goddess-like. I wanted her to be strong and soft. So it has strength in the construction at the top, but it's a fluid fabric. She's got enough to move and run and do what she's meant to do in this scene."
Marianne in Casablanca
For Max and Marianne's first meeting in Casablanca's Rivoli Club, Zemeckis opens on Cotillard's back, an aspect which Johnston played to. "I didn't want her to be like a beacon. I wanted her to be kind of subtle, to be sophisticated, sexy, and stylish," said the designer, "So I was going to put the sexiness on her back."
Marianne and Max in Casablanca
The opportunity to work with director Robert Zemeckis (again) and the script instantly attracted Johnston to the project. "There wasn't even a minuscule second of deliberation, I just definitely wanted to do it."
Max Vatan in Uniform
While Johnston has plenty of experience designing military costumes, the Vichy French in North Africa were an entirely new subject.
Marianne's Rooftop Dressing Gown
Lingerie from the 1940s was most often silk—particularly for a Frenchwoman, Johnston explained. "I do love the dressing gown on the rooftop—I love that print. You could wear that well today."
Johnston didn't want the costumes to feel like something out of the remote past. "They're beautiful and yet again, they look great today. I was mindful of doing clothing that looked good today."
As for her favorite costume? It changes depending on her mood, but the stylist did mention Marianne's rooftop dressing gown.
Marianne and Max in Casablanca Cafe
Ingrid Bergman, Katherine Hepburn, and Barbara Stanwick were several of the decade's icons that inspired Johnston's designs—"people that were just glamorous and evocative of their time," she says.
Max takes Marianne shooting
Marianne's Rose Tree Cottage Party
Marianne in Casablanca Cafe
"I had an idea that in North Africa she would be dressed in very clear and clean lines. There's a sort of clarity to her look, in shape, tone, and pattern."
Marianne's Mushroom-Picking Coat
Using color helped Johnston develop Marianne's character. "She goes into warm colors in London, and primarily cool colors in Casablanca," she said. "The clothes help the undercarriage of the story in a subliminal way."
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.