On The Timeless Appeal Of Gwyneth Paltrow’s White Shirt In Talented Mr.

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While costuming plays a big part in every film, clothes — more specifically, what they say about the people that wear them — carry the plot of the Talented Mr. Ripley. It is, after all, a Princeton jacket that sets the Anthony Minghella thriller into motion: When Dickie’s (Jude Law) dad, a shipping magnate, sees Tom Ripley’s (Matt Damon) blazer, which he borrowed for a high-society event in New York, he quickly enlists him to bring his son back from Italy after assuming they were classmates. As the story takes a turn for the darker, it’s the well-tailored clothes and a gold pinky ring that help Tom steal Dickie’s identity. Yet it’s Marge, Dickie’s girlfriend (Gwyneth Paltrow), who wears one of the most understated items of clothing in the film — a white linen shirt — a fact I was reminded of as I was simultaneously flipping over my closet for the summer and watching the film.

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