Lauren Wades was a girl in jeans and T-shirt. But as the title credits for "Little Women" progressed, the new and lively adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's novel about the sisters in the New England of 1860, which has six Oscar 2020 nominations, including the best film, The 19-year-old English student was dreaming about wavy blouses, wide skirts and wide layers.
"I loved basically everything [Jo March] "Wades told The Post about the tomboy heroine of the movie played by Saoirse Ronan.
So he went to Anthropologie, where he quickly picked up a navy blue cotton and lace robe with a high neck and a frilly bib.
"I was like,‘ Oh my God! This is like the aesthetics of "little women"! "Says Wades, who lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina. "He had that Victorian touch, but he still felt comfortable and liberating."
Many women, and even men, have fallen in love with the elegance of the Civil War of "Little Women." Fans of the film directed by Greta Gerwig and her fashions are popping Instagram with outfits from the March sisters Jo, Meg (Emma Watson), Beth (Eliza Scanlen) and Amy (Florence Pugh), as well as their cute neighbor side, Laurie (Timothée Chalamet, impossibly elegant in the romantic romantic poems of the time, blouses and high waist pants).
"I had prairie dresses that had been sitting [in the shop] for a year, "says Lynnette Peck, owner of Lovely’s Vintage Emporium online resale store." Then ‘Little Women came out," and suddenly they just left. "
The madness led Kate Resler, owner of the Augusta Anne Vintage online store, to steal a vest of your own stock.
"It looks like the vest that Jo and Laurie wear in the movie," says 33-year-old Ralph Lauren, cream-colored and floral-printed. "I had it for sale in the store, but I decided to keep it for myself."
Men of appearance do not necessarily have to go second hand. Vintage-inspired outfits, with high necks, ruffles and full-coverage skirts, are also in vogue among high-end brands, including Gucci, Batsheva and Vampire’s Wife (a recent favorite red carpet).
"There is a tension of romanticism that permeates fashion in 2020," says historian Laura Anne Gust. "‘ Little Women "really talks about that desire to escape to a simpler and healthier moment. In addition, the costumes are beautiful and unique and really stand out on social networks. "
That's what attracted Park Sloper Deborah Colella to the movie. The 49-year-old dog trainer was already obsessed with 19th-century America: whisk her own butter, bake cookies from scratch and regularly dress up with ruffles and Edwardian jackets tailored to designers like Justine Tabak, who recently launched a "Little Collection Female themed capsule.
"I have the world's largest collection of neckerchiefs and ruffled blouses," jokes the British expatriate.
Now you can polish them with a layer of Pendleton woven in red, like the one Jo uses in the film.
"I fell in love," says Colella. "I spent hours on eBay looking for it, and I'm using it everywhere!"
While Colella loves period dramas in general, she says that "Little Women" spoke to her more than "Anne of Green Gables" or "Pride and Prejudice."
"There is something in this movie that makes it more modern and fresh, especially with costumes," she says.
That was intentional, the Oscar-nominated costume designer of the film, Jacqueline Durran, tells The Post.
"[Director] Greta Gerwig wanted the film to feel alive and modern, not like a vintage movie, "says Durran, whose curriculum includes the thirties drama" Atonement "and" Pride and Prejudice "by Keira Knightley. Clothes but leaves [the actresses] design them the way they feel comfortable. "
That meant unbuttoned blouses, bright colors and surprising combinations, such as a simple petticoat with fairy wings or a green military-style jacket with ornate gray embroidery. There is no rigid hoop skirt in sight.
"These are creative girls," says Durran of the characters. "I wanted to give clothes the feeling of something they would get out of their costume box."
That sense of fantasy resonated with Tatum Dooley, a Toronto-based writer.
"There was something so attractive in the way that all the characters moved, constantly running and touching each other and falling on the furniture while wearing these leggings with intricate embroidery and necklaces of Peter Pan and were simply really free," says the young man 26 years old . "It made me think that my life would be more fun and interesting if I wore clothes like that too."
So she spent $ 100 on a Isabel Marant newspaper vendor hat, like the one Ronan wears on the movie poster.
"It was a bit expensive for a hat, but I saw it and thought," I'll get it and I'll be Jo March, "says Dooley, who ordered it online.
When the package arrived, he opened it, and then sadly hit it again after trying on the hat.
"I thought you would look like Saoirse Ronan," says Dooley, "but I looked [frumpy] – as Susie from "The Wonderful Mrs. Maisel".
Still, she is not ready to leave.
"I will keep trying to find a hat," she says.