Who will come out on top of the Barbenheimer fashion battle?
Although Barbie has broken the record for the biggest opening at the Australian box office for 2023, with a staggering $21.5 million, the fashion bible has a verdict of which film takes the (fashion) cake.
Dizzying buzz around Greta Gerwig’s Barbie has resulted in clothing stores overflowing with hot pink collections and social media awash with brand collaborations.
But don’t be fooled, there’s a clear winner here… well according to Vogue.
“Forget Barbiecore: Oppenheimercore Is the Trend of Our Time” reads a headline on the publication’s homepage.
The aesthetic associated with Christopher Nolan’s biopic about J. Robert Oppenheimer is much darker and Gothic in comparison to Barbie’s plastic-and-fantastic pink vibe doused in sparkles, feathers and anything “fabulous”.
Oppenheimer’s costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, who has worked on period projects including Bridgerton and The Greatest Showman, revealed the film’s attire has a distinct difference in comparison to other period films.
“It was a very different approach,” Mirojnick told WWD.
“It wasn’t about [taking creative] liberties. It was about telling a cinematic story and creating a first-person point of view, which is a very different approach than doing a period piece with historical accuracy down to every last detail. It’s an approach that was a bit freer. It was very important to be able to move through the story and understand the passage of time without getting hung up on a very specific kind of period detail, which you do a lot of times in doing costumes for period films.”
The three hour-long film follows the journey of the American physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer who was known as the “father of the atomic bomb”.
Although the story spans across several decades from 1920s through to the 1960s, Mirojnick admits the costumes on stars including Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Matt Damon, Emily Blunt and Florence Pugh, evolve in “subtle” manner.
“It doesn’t feel like a ‘costumed film,’” she told the publication.
“I put quotes around the words ‘costumed film’ because it is so immersive. The film is an epic piece of cinema that really immerses you in the story that just takes you by your heart.”
Fans of the box office blockbusters have taken to social media to share their Barbenheimer fashion choices — with some transforming as they attend one screening to the next.
Tik Tokker Ramsha Waseem posted a clip walking out of a Barbie screening to Oppenheimer, and her quick outfit change amassed more than 6.5 million views.
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