Django is off the chain.

“I like the way you die boy!”

So, it’s nearly a year since I first heard about this film, the new Quentin Tarantino film – Django Unchained. I was in London doing work experience at a film magazine – go figure and was researching upcoming releases and I’d be lying if I said I didn’t squeal a little when I heard about this particular film. Great director, excellent plot and fantastic cast – what’s not to like? Oh wait, the fact that back then the idea of having to wait until the following Christmas would be hellish but as the teaser trailers and images have surfaced, the excitement has continued and I have to say, it’s probably, now the most anticipated film of the year. I know what you’re thinking cough The Dark Knight Rises cough but Tarantino may just be ahead, we’ll see.

For those of you who may not know about it – 1. Where have you been? 2. Are you stupid or something?! 3. Let me tell you …

Django Unchained is a western film, both written and directed by Tarantino. It’s inspired by the 1960s film Django and even stars the original character of Django Franco Nero who has a cameo. Jamie Foxx plays Django who is a freed slave who treks through America with Dr. King Schultz played by Christopher Waltz – a German dentist turned bounty hunter. Why is Django freed? Well, Schultz requires his help to track town a gang of killers in return to be reunited with his wife Broomhilda (Kerry Washington) who they will have to free from Mississippi plantation owner Calvin Candie – played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

I told you it was a good cast and it doesn’t stop there – Jonah Hill and Samuel L. Jackson are also confirmed.

Best. Cast. Ever.

Of course, as the teaser images have been spiraling through the inter-web I have noticed how great the costumes are looking so I thought I would share them with you:

How exciting.

Django Unchained, is released Christmas Day 2012.

A (short and sweet) interview with Pulp Fiction and Almost Famous costume designer Betsy Heimann.

Who HASN’T seen Pulp Fiction?! Not many people I imagine. Everyone should have seen Almost Famous as well – a must watch, especially those of you who are interested in fashion, it’s 1970s heaven. I had the privilege of talking to the woman behind the classic white shirt, black high waisted trousers we see on Mia (Uma Thurman) in Pulp Fiction (I need the wig she wears!) and the hippy, denim and aviator sunglasses overload  in Almost Famous Betsy Heimann.

On Screen Fashion: How long have you been a costume designer? What inspired you to pursue it as a career?

Betsy Heimann: Lots of years… the career was suggested to me. That was an inspiring suggestion.

OSF: What is your favourite fashion on screen moment of all time?

BH: Eric Stoltz in his bathrobe and T-shirt and Omar Sharif in Lawrence of Arabia. The scene where he starts as a small speck on the horizon and finally comes face to face with Lawrence for the first time. All in black on a black horse; mysterious and sexy WOW.

OSF: You’ve worked on Pulp Fiction – how does it feel to be to have been involved in one of the best films of all time?


OSF: Can you explain Mia’s look?

BH: Mia is the female counterpart of a Reservoir Dog.

OSF: The suits Jules and Vincent wear are a memorable costume moment in the film – what image were you trying to get across with those?

BH: Quentin and I, were trying to continue the same look from Reservoir Dogs for these characters. We put Vincent in a Linen suit so he would look disheveled and a bolo tie, instead of a black tie, because he was a bit of a cowboy. Jules was the Preacher so I put him in a shinier suit and a button down collar shirt to echo that look.

OSF: What’s your favorite costume moment in the film?

BH: Eric Stoltz in his bathrobe and T-shirt. That was a labor of love.

OSF: You’ve also worked on Almost Famous which is well loved by anybody remotely interested in fashion – which character was the most fun to wear?

BH: Every character in Almost Famous was so well developed by Cameron Crowe. I loved bringing them all to life. It was a feast.

OSF: Were items custom-made or did you source items from vintage places?

BH: Except for the blue jeans, I designed all the principal costumes including the t-shirts and shoes.

OSF: How much research did you have to go through to make sure that you were accurately presenting the 1970s era?

BH: I had access to amazing research; buckets of it.

OSF: Do you have any interesting stories from either Pulp Fiction or Almost Famous in terms of costumes?

BH: I never kiss and tell.

Many Thanks to Betsy Heimann.

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