As pretty as Jude Law is, how does he fare in drag? With "Rage," a film directed by Sally Potter, we'll soon find out.
After premiering at the Berlin Film Festival in February of this year, "Rage" will debut worldwide, interestingly, over mobile phone on Sept. 21. More details for download are available on the film's official Website.
Along with pioneering a new film genre called "naked cinema"-- for its simple, interview-style aesthetic, "Rage" is also garnering press for the diverse cast of actors including Dame Judi Dench, Steve Buscemi, model Lily Cole and Jude Law ... in drag.
But Law and the cast was in good sartorial hands. Yale MFA grad and the film's costume designer Marina Draghici has a long list of fashionable accomplishments in film, commercials, TV and theater.
StyleList chatted with Draghici on how she became a costume designer and whether the handsome actor liked dressing like a woman.
StyleList: How did you become a costume designer?
Marina Draghici: As a child I always drew on the kitchen door, in chalk, to the dismay of my parents! While studying painting in high school in native Romania, I decided that I wanted to be a theater designer. I loved the way visual arts and storytelling came together creating a unique event.
SL: The story revolves around the death of two models. Was there a certain way the fashion industry dresses or a certain look that you and director Sally Potter were going for?
MD: Yes, there is a certain "look" in the fashion world. However, Sally Potter was interested in the resonances or echoes of that world. The concept for "Rage" was to elude to a visual sophistication that leaves room for the viewer's own "fill in the blanks".
SL: Sounds like the notes of a fashion show! Now for the fun, outrageous stuff -- how did you come up with Jude's drag queen looks?
MD: In the beginning of my talks with Sally, [Jude's] character Mink was written for a woman. As Sally kept thinking about the actor that would best embody the role, she became intrigued with the notion of yet another layer of artifice for Mink. She is not a girl, she is a guy! It seemed outrageous at first but Sally Potter has a fierce, original way about everything.
SL: Do you think Jude enjoyed or at least appreciated dressing up as a woman?
MD: Of course! He would not have accepted the part if he wasn't thrilled by the challenge and the fun of doing something different.
SL: Tell us, could he walk in heels?
MD: The format was "interview style." Lots of sitting on a stool. You must ask him how he fares in heels!
SL: How is dressing a man in drag versus dressing a woman different -- aside from the outrageous-ness factor, did you use different types of pantyhose or accessories?
MD: I think it all depends on the casting. Does one have a big male body to dress or a slender one? A big guy requires more technical tricks, a slender one can use clothing from a showroom. However, Jude's wedding dress in the film was custom-made in New York.
SL: Now that "Rage" is completed, what are you currently working on?
MD: I have two amazing projects I'm very proud of -- the movie "Precious" with big Oscar buzz opening on November 6 and a Broadway musical, "Fela!" opening November 23. Big happy times!
SL: How about your own fashion line? Would you ever design one?
MD: I'd love to, maybe. Everything is possible, from drawing on the home doors as a child to ... who knows!
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