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Screen Style: Blackthorn

Some of Stylesight’s editors had the opportunity to attend a screening of new Western flick Blackthorn a few weeks ago, and we couldn’t help but admire the film’s tastefully designed wardrobe. The Western genre, which is currently enjoying a major resurgence, has been known to yield both really good and really bad fashion; Blackthorn‘s take on the aesthetic was ultra-appealing, keeping silhouettes unfussy, materials rugged and colors rich. Starring film veteran Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy (who is now calling himself James Blackthorn), the story is set in early 1900s and late 1920s South America; breathtaking Bolivian landscapes are partially to thank for many of the appealing visuals.

Costumer Clara Bilbao dressed Shepard and his co-stars in tailored garments cut from tactile wools, distressed leathers and weathered cottons. The characters carry South American blankets with them on their horses and don heavy wool ponchos and coats. Especially inspiring were the color palettes created when the wardrobe’s warm rustic hues were placed against the blue skies and bleached sandy terrains of desert backdrops. Blackthorn is currently in theaters; we recommend checking it out for Western style done well.

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