Match Point (2005) Directed and Written by Woody Allen
‘I think it’s important to be lucky in anything.’ Christopher “Chris” Wilton, Match Point.
Costume Designer: Jill Taylor
Filmography: My Week With Marilyn, Johnny English, Sliding Doors.
Scarlett Johansson is the irresistible modern day Medusa of 21st Century cinema. All men can be forgiven for being driven to acts of craziness should he even once look at her. I wonder what other tennis related titles were in the hat; Not My Fault, New Balls, Serving to Love, that’s all I got.
On the Show
I’m talking to the Costume Designer for Match Point Jill Taylor. Jill talks about how she got involved with the film and what it’s really like working with Woody Allen. Below are some transcribed moments from this weeks episode.
Counteract the mud
How did you manage to tell the story of Chris (played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers) through costume?
We started off with a cheaper suit and got more expensive with him (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a bit more styled. I was careful about his shirt and tie choice – I didn’t want it to be so formal. I wanted him to have a little bit of pizzazz. He had to look sexy. I wanted him to look sexy. The audience had to fall in love with this guy.
So I didn’t want him so formal looking like a banker. Which is why we gave him the grey shirt, the taupe ties, the colours were getting warmer, softer and also Woody (Allen) hates blue. In anything. You look at most Woody Allen films, and I had an argument with him about this. I said ‘the problem is Woody your films look muddy’.
Look at most Woody Allen films they have a muddy quality to them because he (Woody) loves warm colours. Everything is taupe browns, it’s all warm earthy hues, I said you have to have a little bit of blue to counteract the mud. As we got down the line, I did 3 films with him, I sort of won that battle.
And who made the suits for Myers?
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was a very slim guy, so couldn’t wear particular brands. He ended up in Gieves Number One Range which is no longer with us. Because they were very slim cut suits. So the blue stripe and there is a brown one, and they were Gieves Number One, they were a slim cut and they looked good on him.
What other brands were used and how come we don’t see the poster dress in the film? (via email)
The dress Scarlett wore on the poster was replaced by the lemon wrap dress for the scene when she first claps eyes on Johnny!!! Below a few of the brands we used in the film: Barbour, Asprey, Dunhill, Cordings, Hackett, Lacoste, Gieves, Crombie, Michael Rose, Purdey, Nicole Farhi, Temperley, Le Chameau, and Aigle.
Listen to the podcast
The full interview with Jill Taylor is available to listen in the player below or on iTunes, Stitcher or Spotify. Don’t forget to leave a review on your smart phone there to get a ‘thank you 007’ on the podcast. Many thanks to the team at Independent Talent for facilitating the interview.
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‘Look at most Woody Allen films they have a muddy quality to them because he (Woody) loves warm colours. Everything is taupe browns, it’s all warm earthy hues, I said you have to have a little bit of blue to counter act the mud’. – Costume Designer Jill Taylor. (Match Point) pic.twitter.com/PKCYQFFm5d
— From Tailors With Love (@tailorswithlove) December 31, 2020
Match Point is available to buy on Blu Ray. Next on the reading list is the Autobiography, Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen.