I was lucky to catch the film Restoration on television this afternoon. In it, Robert Downey, Jr plays Merival, a 17th-century English physician the royal court adopts for the purpose of marrying him to the king's mistress. He changes tremendously throughout the film, and his development held my interest. I actually quite like the story, and the costumes are to die for. Another 17th-century period piece I love, The Man in the Iron Mask, with Leonardo DiCaprio, showcases similar designs. The lush, red and gold colors, billowing robes, high collars, wigs, and ornate gowns transport me to a fashion fantasy world. Not to mention, the characters wear puffed sleeves and still look chic. There is much about past ages I would not want to experience, but at least it seems like some people had many amazing dress-up opportunities.
And, ok. RDJ looks sexy in that wig!
Anyway, Restoration is a fun movie to watch on a lazy afternoon. As a final note, its old movie poster hangs at The Flicks, my favorite Boise theater. I always wanted to see it for that.