There was a time (early/mid 2000s, I think) in which I was obsessed with a fashion accessory: gloves. My spirit guides were Carrie Bradshaw and May Welland: though totally different, the protagonist of Sex and the City and one of the main female characters of Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence had something in common – beautiful gloves and a peculiar grace in wearing them. At the time, I bought some lovely vintage pieces on eBay (which I’m still very proud of), but I haven’t worn them as much as I would. Using leather or embellished gloves in everyday life is unpractical, but the old flame has been rekindled after watching the latest film by Jim Jarmush, Only Lovers Left Alive.
The film speaks of a couple of vampires, Eve and Adam (Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston), beautiful and damned jet-setters who live in Tangier and Detroit, respectively. Their quiet dandy secluded lives are distrupted by Ava (Mia Wasikowska), Eve’s younger sister who lives in Los Angeles. Bina Daigeler, the film’s costume designer, did a gorgeous job with this character. Ava is a rebel who wants to enjoy life and the advantages of being a vampire in the 21st century; her style totally mirrors this attitude. I will show you all her outfits, but first let’s focus on her lovely wrist-length gloves.
Gloves have a specific function in the film: according to the director, they are his contribution to the “mythology of vampire films, which is a cumulative thing,” (the reference is to fangs, holy water, no reflections on mirrors, threshold-crossing and sparkling skin in the sun). “We added in these leather gloves that they wear when they’re outside of their habitat,” he explained. “Why? Cause we had something that was ours that we invented. And we thought it looked really cool.” Asking the host to remove one’s gloves (hence the title of this post) doesn’t seem to have a specific function, though; probably it’s only a courtesy. Obviously Eve and Adam wear gloves, too, but Ava’s are the most interesting ones. We see them in detail in the scene set in a Detroit bar where the White Hills are performing.