Whilst it is only just set to launch in UK cinemas, Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated ninth film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is already a strong contender for the most stylish film of the year, and it’s not hard to see why. Set in Los Angeles circa 1969 - an iconic era for fashion - the film is brimming with strong looks, the most notable of which are sported by its two main characters, Leonardo DiCaprio’s struggling television star Rick Dalton and his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt.
As the pair wrestle with the prospect of their dwindling careers, they still manage to maintain an air of effortless cool, cycling through a series of punchy late sixties-style outfits, which renowned costume designer Arianne Phillips (who also worked on A Single Man, Walk the Line, and both Kingsman flicks amongst others) was tasked with putting together. She attributes her inspiration to the richness of Tarantino’s script, which provided detailed insights into each of the characters and the era in which they were getting loose. “This isn’t a movie about fashion,” Phillips told Vogue. “Fashion is a reflection of the culture, it’s a reflection of what’s happening at a specific time. There were real historic references to trends, but mainly these costumes came from the characters and their personalities as Quentin wrote them in the original script.”