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In the wise words of Project Runway's own Heidi Klum:

As you know in fashion, one day you're in. And the next day, you're out.

According to an article by Collider, a possible collaboration of Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis, on a project that would see the talented duo tackle a 1950s-set fashion drama, could be in the works. This project could show a different point of view of how fashion impacted our society in that era through the eyes and talent of these two artists.

This could mark the second time these two join forces since the excellent There Will Be Blood in 2007, which gave Day-Lewis his second Best Actor Oscar.

Thomas Anderson is one of those rare talents that provides the audience with a unique perspective on obscure topics, just like Boogie Nights, his 1970s-set porn drama, did back in 1997. It showed us the point of view of the people involved in the industry and how, like everything else in life, you had to evolve or die. So, in a way, this project could address something more or less similar but on a larger scale. As we know, fashion has a huge impact on how we see the world and how we express ourselves.

As for Daniel Day-Lewis, what can't I say about this man? He is my favorite actor of all time and he is an accomplished artist. So, the only thing I could say about him, if he decides to go ahead with this project, would be to try to guess what could be his role in this.

The world during the 1950s was lucky to have such an amazing talent designing the future and setting trends that we still see today. The following fashion designers were the top talent at the time and Day-Lewis could use them as a platform for this intriguing project.

1. Christian Dior

This man arguably redefined the look of women after the war years and for years to come with his "New Look." If you ask me, Day-Lewis could be playing this influential character just as he did with Abraham Lincoln. Christian Dior's name is well known around the world and is synonymous with fashion. He could be the safest choice to play.

2. Cristobal Balenciaga

This Spanish designer emphasized more of the glamorous side of fashion and the silhouettes were the main focus of his designs. One of the most interesting aspects of Balenciaga was that he was one of the very few designers who could use his own hands to design, cut, and sew the models which set him apart from his peers in the industry and was considered almost an artist due to that skill.

3. Jacques Fath

Image(s) via (l) & LIFE Magazine (r)
Image(s) via (l) & LIFE Magazine (r)

Now, this guy is rather interesting. Jaques began educating himself about fashion and costume design by exploring museums, books and the seams of his mother’s and sister’s dresses. His story is more Hollywood-ready and audiences could relate to his rags-to-riches story and he was also responsible of bringing Dior's designs to a younger audience.

4. Pierre Balmain

Elegance, grace and the envy of all designers. Pierre Balmain popularized the Stole, which women took to draping over their evening dresses. He used to promote himself internationally and became rather popular in the United States with his ready-to-wear outfits. Around this time, he designing clothes worn by stars such as Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn. Someone that looks at Hollywood from the outside would be interesting to see in a feature film.

5. Pierre Wertheimer & Coco Chanel

It's obvious that Day-Lewis wouldn't be able to play Ms. Chanel (or who knows, Day-Lewis could surprise us) but in all seriousness, Coco Chanel was somehow retired at her 70 years of age from the fashion stage but looking at the influence of people like Dior, Balenciaga and Fath during this time, Chanel felt the time was right for her to re-enter the fashion world after being away for 15 years. Enter Pierre Wertheimer. Pierre was the main competitor of Chanel in the perfume arena but he decided to help her in reviving her couture house in 1954 and fully financed her. It would be interesting to see Day-Lewis playing a character that helped her rival.


So, there you have it. Just hearing rumors about these two teaming up is exciting. But this could be the opportunity for Paul Thomas Anderson to win his first ever Academy Award as a director.

Would you be interested in seeing Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis involved in a project like this? Let us know in the comments!

There Will Be Blood (2007)
There Will Be Blood (2007)

source(s):, wikipedia


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