Arianne Phillips Discusses Costume-Designing Madonna's New Movie, W.E. & Other Stuff
In "20 Odd Questions," the Wall Street Journal’s Weekend lifestyle section gets the dish directly from Madge's longtime sartorial collaborator, the designer behind the threads for famous flicks and even more famous musicians. (Inspired by Phillips's work, we styled the outfit on the far right.)
On her long relationship working with Madonna: "The first time I dressed Madonna, for the Oscars in 1998, not only was it loved and complimented but also judged. I learned how things are received. If I let people's opinions influence my work, I would never be able to do my work."
On historical accuracy of creating the world of American fashion icon Wallis Simpson: "At a certain point you have to research everything, digest it and then kind of spit it out and create this world cinematically."
On her favorite Royal: "Anne Boleyn."
On unexpected friendships: "One of the greatest experiences of my career was having a meeting with Larry Flynt when I was researching for 'The People vs. Larry Flynt.'"
On her life & work mantra: "I always figure out what I am wearing from my shoes up and start a character from the shoes up, too. I do love a heel."
- Lesley Scott