I don’t like writing about myself because I firmly believe I’m such a boring and old-fashioned person, but tonight let me tell you something. Along with music and literature, cinema has always been my way to escape reality. I’ve often found solace in the darkness of an empty cinema, where I’ve felt emotions I will never forget. The silver screen is a source of endless fascination because watching a film is not only a recreational activity: you’re willing to sit for more than two hours, to suspend your disbelief, to be entertained because you can’t help but yielding to the power of storytelling through images.
Isn’t it amazing and kind of magic when you meet someone who shares this same passion? I think I’m really lucky to have had a person – my friend Astrid – in my life for such a long time. We met in the early 1990s at university and we’ve been many times at the cinema together, whenever we had the chance to, in the afternoon (to watch Velvet Goldmine), in the morning (to attend early screenings at the Far East Film Festival) and of course at night (once we stayed up all night to watch Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Many awesome cinema memories are connected to her, so you may understand my excitement when she asked me to join her in a Tumblr project about film costumes. Everybody knows my passion for fashion in movies and tv shows: even if I’m not an expert, it’s something I like writing about because the garments worn by a character always tell a story on their own. It’s clear I’m not a witty or brilliant blogger, but I think I’m second to none when it comes to analyzing and finding references in different cultural expressions. I’m extremely meticulous and precise and I love knowing more about details.
For this reason, we’ve really done our best to make the blog – Film Costumes – grow; now that it’s been featured in the Tumblr Spotlight section and that it’s about to hit 10,000 followers, I think it’s time to show it some love here. You can follow the real deal on Tumblr or like our Facebook page. Astrid has rightly said we’re not rich, we’re not cool, our country is going through the worst economic and political crisis of the last decades, so it’s totally appropriate if we boast this tiny success a bit, right? I’m pretty sure Edith Head (one of my favourite costume designers ever) would approve.