Set against the backdrop of London’s early-1980s cultural renaissance, British auteur Joanna Hogg
’s exquisitely sculpted and critically acclaimed “The Souvenir
,” which A24 has been widening in platform release for the past month, follows film student Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne
) and her gradually destructive romance with the magnetic Anthony (Tom Burke
). “We didn’t want a film that screamed ’80s,” says costume designer Grace Snell
, who, instead of browsing fashion magazines for secondhand ideas, mined Hogg’s old Polaroids and Ray Roughler Jones’ “3000 Hangovers Later,” a pictorial examination of Notting Hill
decadence in the ’80s, for inspiration. The result is a softly nostalgic film that avoids the stereotypical shoulder pads and lamé of the era.
Snell distilled Julie’s artistic spirit, her preppy or “Sloanie” fashion sense (cashmere/silk instead of wool/polyester) and her chameleon-like desire to mimic Anthony to create an aspirational closet. For the couple’s first date,