In 2008, readers of In Style magazine voted Keira Knightley’s green dress from the movie Atonement (2007) as the Best Costume of All Time.
The dress was designed by Jacqueline Durran, after “the rich emerald green colour was specially requested by Atonement’s director Joe Wright”, for it expressed temptation, one of the main subjects of the movie. Also, one of the meanings of emerald green lies in “importality”, so that dress was there to last.
What’s more, “Keira Knightley’s character, Cecilia Tallis, is seen wearing only variations of green (apart from her regulation nurse’s uniform) following the incarceration of her love Robbie (James McAvoy). Subscribing absolute denotation to the colour is impossible, so by very definition it becomes mysterious.”
And since there are only a few iconic green dresses in the history of cinema (see also Vivien Leigh’s green ensemble in Gone with the Wind), the beautiful emerald green dress from Atonement will go as a masterpiece in movie costumes history.
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