Style / November 2018

This Week We're Channelling: Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men

Channelling a villain is always fun, particularly one as stylish as Javier Bardem’s Anton Chigurh in the Coen brothers’ critically acclaimed neo-western, No Country for Old Men.

Javier Bardem plays the psychopathic but stylish Anton Chigurh in Joel and Ethan Coen's No Country for Old Men (2007).

No Country for Old Men (2007) is one of Joel and Ethan Coen’s most highly acclaimed pieces of work, and it’s not difficult to see why. The Oscar-winning film, based on Cormac McCarthy’s novel about a drug deal gone terribly wrong, has it all: violence, humour and fast-paced action, not to mention lashings of style. Set in the Texan dessert in 1980, it features many of the hallmarks of a classic western, albeit with added elements of film noir. Such an idiosyncratic intersection of genres makes for brilliant styling that reflects the intricately layered narrative: costume designer Mary Zophres was responsible for crafting an aesthetic manifestation of each character’s distinct roles, qualities and motivations, drawing attention to their underlying complexities and providing ample sartorial inspiration in the process.

When it comes to channelling the style in No Country for Old Men, there’s one particular wardrobe we’re inclined to covet - that of the chillingly remorseless hit-man Anton Chigurh, portrayed tremendously by the inimitable Javier Bardem. In typical villainous fashion, Chigurh’s unchanging ensemble is dark and unembellished: he’s the perfect embodiment of an archetypal ‘bad guy’ - albeit a supremely stylish one.

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Aobh O'Brien-Moody

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