Nothing and everything changed
The Netflix production Hollywood speaks up for that part of society that has never got the chance to shine on the big screens, newspapers, and much more. Visibility is something that not everyone gets on a daily basis, especially when it comes to ethnic minorities. In a country like the United States and a city like Los Angeles, Hollywood should represent the landmark of diversity and integration. However, nothing has changed since its early days and everything is in motion towards a fresh start.
Hollywood is the story of a group of actors, actresses, producers, and business people who are driven to make permanent changes in Hollywood while aiming for fame, at whatever cost. For them, Hollywood signifies their only one goal in life. Hollywood is a magical space that attracts and is dreamed by creatives from all over the world and they want to be part of it, with their own lifestyles, beliefs, and dreams. The series is set in the Fifties, a time when social activism and inclusivity weren’t the most important pillars to live by. Despite the narrow-minded beliefs and etiquettes that the world used to stick up to, fashion served as an escape for many of these people, especially those in the field of films. Fashion had basically two reasons to exist: to make people dream and to make people known. The protagonists of this series dream and want to be know, no matter what their background or challenge keeps them on hold. Custome designers Sarah Evelyn and Lou Eyrich outdid themselves in recreating a detailed wardrobe for every single character. Most of the clothes were custom-made and checked by fashion historians and designers from all over the world. One wardrobe stood out more than anyone else’s, and that was Laura Harrier’s couture.
Laura Harrier (Liz in Spiderman: Homecoming, Patrice Dumas in Blackkklansman) has made herself quite a space and platform throughout this Netfllix production. Apart from her tender and feminine vibe, Laura shows a great interpretation of what a hard-working and tenacious Black actress was back in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her conservative and palette-based closet was inspired by Katherine Hepburn and Lauren Bacall. Evelyn and Eyrich were clever in setting up distinct colors and palettes to use for each one of the characters, making them complementary and harmonic between each other. Laura mostly wears brown, yellow, and pastel rose pieces.
The working conditions, the language patterns, and the contexts might have slightly changed, but the core of the episodes’ message perpetuates over and over: “What if our modern Hollywood was set between the Forties and Fifties when we could have made a reparation?” The question is still present in our contemporary realities, without a concrete answer. However, the question has sparked some motions and the presence of people like Laura in such a production raises awareness more and more among the general public.
By : Giulia Baldini