American Hustle hits theaters today, which means whatever Friday night plans we previously had have been canceled in favor of watching Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, and Christian Bale transform into ’70s hustlers and get a little gaudy.
The wardrobe is a mix between vintage pieces from the era and custom-made pieces by costume designer Michael Wilkinson, who found inspiration in the most influential fashion houses of the time: Halston, Aussie Clark, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, and Christian Dior. He also watched every major film made in 1978 (the year in which the story is set) and referenced social photography of the time — think Patrick McMullan party snaps from Studio 54 and Halston’s Upper East Side apartment.
PopSugar recently spoke with Wilkinson and asked him to choose five of his favorite looks from the film. The first piece he chose was Jennifer Lawrence’s leopard-print halter jumpsuit, an archive piece by I. Magnin, which represents one half of her character Rosalyn’s schizophrenic style. On one hand she’s a suburban mother on Long Island sporting mumuus, and on the other she’s taking Manhattan by storm with a dress to kill agenda.
The rest of his choice pieces are worn by Amy Adams. Her character Sydney Prosser epitomizes the decade’s over-the-top glamour enjoyed by women with money to burn. Her most memorable look is no doubt the deep v-neck, silver sequin halter dress that she wears during her scene as a Manhattanite turning heads in Atlantic City. There’s also her oversized white fur coat, which she pairs with Wilkinson’s made-from-scratch sheer lamé disco dress.
Watch Wilkinson talk through the aforementioned looks, and more, below: