When I first saw the trailer for La La Land, I knew it’d be a film I’d have to post about- from the gorgeous cinematography, show tunes, and pairing of my favorite on screen couple – Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone (the only lady I approve of him with-their chemistry is amazing!). Finally, it has come to a theater near me and yes, it was everything it lived up to be, yet not what I expected. The tale kept me enthralled from the opening scene with its use of bright, primary colors in its costumes.
We meet Emma Stone’s character Mia at the end of the first scene. Through this, we get an idea of what she’s like and what her struggles are as an new actress trying to make it big in Hollywood. While dressed in her barista uniform at first, she transitions into a starlet during the film’s second musical number – “Someone in the Crowd”. Blue is often symbolic for freshness and purity – which suits this scene perfectly as she, a newcomer, is still trying to get accustomed to the industry. Notice how her roommates are also in primary colors. Do you think this is for visual effect or is it too symbolic? Red for lust, green for envy, and yellow for naivety?
The Iconic Yellow Dress
Enter handsome costar. After Ryan Gosling’s moody musician character, Sebastian meets Mia, you can see a shift in her wardrobe’s color hence, the iconic yellow dress. Though costume designer Mary Zophres got inspiration for the yellow dress upon seeing Stone at the Spiderman 2 premiere, I’d like to think color theory plays into it a bit. Yellow is often associated with happiness and naivety – you can apply this sense toward the opening scene where there are so many people in yellow as well (perhaps also hoping to make it big in showbiz).
From here, I was enraptured in this couple’s tale. As seasons changed, so did the fashion. Mia’s outfits were classic with a touch of old Hollywood.