'Saltburn' Makes a Case for 2000s Fashion

Christopher Ehlers READ TIME: 6 MIN.

"In England, the richer and more old money people are, the more in disarray their clothes," Fennell – who actually did attend Oxford – told GQ. "So it was important that right from the get-go Oliver was the person who was trying desperately to fit in by wearing the blazer and the tie. Then he realizes that the A-team on campus... just wear pajamas and Ugg boots."

To nail this era of pajamas and Ugg boots, Canale looked to her own mid-2000s Facebook posts, in addition to what the old money of the UK was wearing at the time. People like Prince Harry and Prince William favored things like Abercrombie and Fitch rugby shirts, jeans, and polos by Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

"The 1990s are very popular in the UK right now," Canale told Bazaar, "but the 2000s are quite a strange period of fashion that hasn't quite come back to the same degree. It's an interesting period to costume, because they're not quite in the costume houses yet, but they're not in the shops anymore."

To solve this issue, Canale took to online resellers like Depop, eBay, and vintage shops to find the perfect garments. For inspiration, Canale immersed herself in pop culture from the era, studying the looks of people like Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, and Kate Moss.

"I do see the film as a period piece," she admitted to GQ, "because it wasn't about going to the high street or shopping in Selfridges and Harrods to get key pieces of today. Even the cut of a T-shirt; you can go into H&M now and the ribbing won't be the same as it was in the 2000s."

While the '90s have made a fashion comeback lately, the 2000s haven't quite gotten there yet, which is understandable considering its recency (and all the bad clothes most of us would like to forget). So what does Canale feel about a 2000s fashion resurgence?

"Who knows," she told Harper's Bazaar. "The higher-end brands from that period definitely had some beautiful key pieces. But those wide belts? And the bootcut jeans? There's a place in time for things, and I think it needs a while for those to come back."

Watch the "Saltburn" trailer here, and stream the film on Prime Video.

by Christopher Ehlers

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