I was so excited when I found out they were turning this book, written by Australian author Rosalie Ham, into a movie. I read and studied it several years ago and it was such a well written and hilarious novel.
Set in the fictional country town of Dungatar, Australia, it is the story of Paris couturier Tilly Dunnage, who returns home to visit her mad old mother, and the town that expelled her as a child. She ends up staying, creating fabulous frocks for the ladies of Dungatar and skillfully disguising their ‘flaws’ – in Rosalie’s words: “ship-sized hips, ski-run shoulders, watermelon bosoms, (and) mantle piece bottoms”. However, in the process, the characters reveal their true flaws of jealousy, envy, pride, pretentious ambition and rivalry allowing Tilly to exact her sweet revenge in a thrilling climatic ending.
The film also stars Oscar nominated actress Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving and Liam Hemsworth, along with a stellar cast of Australian actors including Shane Jacobsen and Rebecca Gibney.
Fun fact: Writer Rosalie Ham researched fashion at the same campus where I studied graphic design in Melbourne suburb Brunswick. Ain’t that neat!
I just love this stunning teaser shot of Kate Winslet as the beautiful talented misfit, Tilly Dunnage. Click on the image below to download it for your desktop wallpaper.
Original image via The Dressmaker Movie 2015