Stories / December 2019

Get the Style: The Irishman

Martin Scorsese’s highly anticipated gangster epic The Irishman is 2019’s must-see, not least for the myriad style lessons…

If there is anything Martin Scorsese doesn’t do, it’s a half-arsed job. Never has this been more apparent than with his latest piece of work, The Irishman, an extraordinary three-and-a-half hour long gangster epic that has already been dubbed a modern classic, with critics calling it the director’s best work yet. Starring Scorsese’s long-time collaborator Robert De Niro alongside Al Pacino, Joe Pesci and Stephen Graham, the film charts the tale of a World War 2 veteran, Frank Sheeran (De Niro), who becomes a hitman and falls in with mobsters Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino), leading to decades of crime and conflict.

Filled with Scorsese’s usual hallmarks of gripping mob violence, a killer soundtrack and intense character-driven plot, The Irishman also happens to be brimming with style that we simply can’t get enough of. Renowned Hollywood costume designer Sandy Powell was in charge of costumes and styling - a mammoth task for a film that spans 50 years, but one she threw herself into fully, delving into intensive research and sifting through decades worth of trends. She chose to steer clear of the flashy wardrobes of mob movies like ‘Goodfellas’, instead opting for more subtle, everyday styling to suggest that this is a pack of smooth criminals who prefer to fly under-the-radar. 

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Aobh O'Brien-Moody