Friday, October 30, 2009

Screen Style: The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les Parapluies de Cherbourg) is a French musical film directed by Jacques Demy. The special thing about this film is that every single line is sung, unlike normal musicals where there is spoken dialogue in between musical numbers.

Doesn't sound very exciting, you say? Think again. The film has the most adorable set and wardrobe ever! Catherine Deneuve, in the star-making role of Geneviève, has a wardrobe that's so sweet it hurts, yet she manages to come off looking poised instead of cutesy.

The undoubtedly exquisite quality of the piny cardigan and pleated skirt make a classic outfit even more chic.

She is wearing a peach sundress under this chic peach coat. One of many nice coats in the film.

The cutting of this white flared coat is so pretty.

Classic Burberry trench coat worn over a baby blue gingham dress, baby blue cardigan and paired with black maryjanes.

A more complete view of the baby blue gingham dress. These bright pastels suit Catherine Deneuve's colouring really well.

A sweet little dress that somehow looks so French. Reminds me of French brand A.P.C.

Watching this film inspired me to buck up with my French studies!


  1. I just watched this film! It is so beautiful! I love Genevieve's clothes. They are so sweet.

  2. i love the umbrellas of cherbourg! lovely film..

  3. Jenna: Everything is sweet and colourful, from the outfits to the sets! :)

    joanita: Glad to meet other fans of the film here! :)