A Dandy in Aspic (1968)

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In West Berlin at the height of the Cold War, British spy Eberlin (Laurence Harvey) is tasked with the dangerous assignment of finding and assassinating the treacherous KGB agent Krasnevin, who has killed many undercover British agents. He’s given a new partner, Gatiss (Tom Courtenay), to help eliminate the deadly Russian. What neither his bosses nor his partner know, however, is that Eberlin himself is Krasnevin, a double agent whose secret identity his Moscow bosses don’t want compromised.

Featuring the likes of  Laurence Harvey, Tom Courtenay, Mia Farrow and Peter Cook, many would comment on the stellar casting in this Bond-esque romp through the Cold War. However each actor was seconded to the tremendous costumes created by the legendary Pierre Cardin, for Mia Farrow’s Caroline.

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One of the star attractions of the film is a dress made up of blue chiffon, with red printed shapes at the front, back and sides. The chiffon is crafted into a trapeze style dress, made all the more interesting by the delicately pressed accordion prints covering the dress. The hem is highlighted by a red silk hem band and the neckline features a beautiful silk neck scarf tied into a rather adorable bow.

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Another star Cardin creation is a beautiful Sky Blue dress, embroidered with a variety of pastel coloured sequins, crafted into stylized florals and slightly bizarre amoeba type shapes. It features a heavily beaded band collar and high cut arm holes, also trimmed with ice blue sequins which compliment the Sky blue silk of the dress. Additionally , coloured stones and faceted blue beads also adorned the delicate dress, which is finished off with a padded rolled hem.

Amongst these two gorgeous dresses are a rather adorable White dress featuring a neckline and hem made up entirely of feathers, and what can only be described as the epitome of cool train station attire, a red polo neck under a belted black coat, huge sunglasses and leather driving gloves.

 

 

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