Huang Xiaoming’s latest drama will bring him back to 1930s Shanghai, the “Paris of the East.” He and Joe Chen will be starring in Cruel Romance 绣缘华丽冒险. Rumor has it that they will be hiring the costume design team of the Great Gatsby to take a hand in the clothing for this drama, to help shape that feel of old Shanghai. (Source).
To tide you over until that drama starts up, enjoy a few pictures of Huang Xiaoming for L’Officiel Hommes under the cut!
Why go the great expense of hiring Hollywood costume designers when there are qualified Chinese designers who could better capture the feel of 30’s Shanghai? It’s gotta be for face and prestige.
Probably a little bit.
But then again, China is still developing and there aren’t that many well-known or “famous” designers who really have a reputation yet. Look at it from another point of view. They’re borrowing and learning other people’s expertise. The era was really East-meets-West in terms of adopting Western fashions so it makes a bit of sense. The “eras” for The Great Gatsby and Shanghai and kinda close and costuming should be a bit similar.
Top picture brings me back to Feng Sheng. That was a good movie.
His only good movie. *siiiigh*
Sadly true. We need good scripts.
On a happier note, though, yay that HXM is doing another drama! Although I never did finish watching The Patriot Yue Fei… :/
How was it? I wasn’t able to muster enough courage to check it out… partly because it kinda sounded like a lot of patriotic chest-thumping to me… >.<