Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is soon going to release in theatres in India in a phased manner. The film follows the story of a secret agent who embarks on a dangerous, time-bending mission to prevent the start of World War III. Tenet, a palindrome is going to be significant in the film as well. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, take a look at it here:
One striking feature that we found in the trailer was how impeccably dressed the cast of Tenet was. This ensemble includes John David Washington (who seems to be running the mission), Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Dimple Kapadia among others.
Nolan’s films have always emphasised detail when it comes to the costume design for the film. From Arthur’s (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) sharp three-piece suits in Inception to Bruce Wayne’s classic rich guy tailoring in The Dark Knight Trilogy. This seems to be a consistent overlapping theme in all his films.
For Tenet, Nolan collaborated with Oscar-nominated costume designer Jeffrey Kurland who has previously worked with Nolan for Inception and Dunkirk. Kurtland has previously also worked on costumes of James Bond to Ethan Hunt from Mission: Impossible – Fallout.
So, while we were looking at the costume design of Tenet, we noticed:
Robert Pattinson can be seen in a light-grey checked suit blazer with a pair of black slacks, but it’s his prominent double-looped chiffon scarf that takes the brownie points. Turns out subtle gender-bending elements in a sharp formal outfit can really take it up a few notches.
With time travel involved, the suits also have a distinct classic vintage aesthetic that we love to them. From the dated colour palette to the tailoring borrowed from the time period, attention has been put to detail.
John David Washington is seen in neutral-hued formals. For a sci-fi thriller shot across seven different countries, John’s wardrobe definitely lives up to the thrill.
The speedboat scene showcases an effortless Washington working a fitted gray polo shirt. This makes us reminiscent of Bond’s downtime scenes when he’s not fighting bad guys.
However, the focus is still on the sharp suits that make it possible for the guys to traverse through shaky timelines to achieve missions that involve posing as officials.
If you think about it, Tenet’s costumes prove to be a great lesson on suiting up.
From vintage classics to modern silhouettes to switching a suit into a rather casual version for lounging around with the smart addition of a chiffon scarf. There is so much to learn here.
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