fig.: Left on the image Mia Wasikowska in her role 'India Stoker', right, 'Stoker' director Park Chan-wook. Photo: (C) 2012 Twentieth Century Fox. Mia Wasikowska made her debut to US audiences as the tormented and suicidal teen 'Sophie' in HBO's series "In Treatment"; directed by Rodrigo Garcia. "In Treatment" focused on the relationship between a therapist (Gabriel Byrne) and his patients. In the meanwhile, her filmography grew with main roles like in Tim Burton's retelling of Lewis Carrol's novel 'Alice In Wonderland' (2010, starring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway).
Fashion pieces and costumes at the new movie 'Stoker'
On 20 January 2013, the movie
'Stoker' (worldwide release starts in February) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 2013 where the main actors Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode posed for portraits which appear on lifestyle-celebrity channels like on Just Jared with details about their fashion pieces such as Mia Wasikowska's Prada cardigan and Chloé top.
Reviews of the family-drama-horror-mystery story 'Stoker' can be found already in various media where the role of teenage girl 'India Stoker' (starring Mia Wasikowska) evokes associations with fairytale characters Cinderella and Alice (The Guardian), and inspires to attributions like "alienated, almost supernatural" such as on Exclaim.ca. Exclaim finds elements of Freud's psychology in Korean director Park Chan-wook's pictures which tell the story about the relationship of a young woman to her uncle, and summarizes the visual style of the movie: "Careful shot composition, pornographic cinematography, impeccable costuming,..."
Production designer of 'Stoker' was Thérèse DePrez (known from the surreal style of the Oscar nominated psychological thriller 'Black Swan'). She says about working together with Park Chan-wook on the development of the visual images: "We talked about it being a fairytale with an ethereal quality. We spoke about the idea of the hunter and the hunted. These characters are very much circling each other, and the hunting motif became a major theme in the movie."
The costume designers Kurt Swanson and Bart Mueller translated the visual ideas of Park Chan-wook and DePrez into the wardrobe such as India's pale yellow clothes which stand for innocence at the beginning of the film. The costumes of India were inspired by artist Balthus (who was influenced by the work of Lewis Carroll). "He captured all of these paintings of little girls in cardigans and skirts, falling asleep and cat napping on couches, and this was our inspiration for India," says Bart Mueller.
Video: Trailer for 'Stoker', starring Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Dermot Mulroney, etc. Directed by Park Chan-wook; co-produced by Ridley Scott. 'Stoker' premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on 20 January 2013; the worldwide release starts in February 2013.