American Hustle: Characters and Style

American Hustle is another film from the award winning director David O. Russell. His portfolio includes critically acclaimed ‘The Fighter’ and “2012 Oscar Best Picture” winner ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

American Hustle like the previous works of David O. Russell was also nominated for Oscars Best Picture but failed to bring home the award. Despite not winning the coveted Oscar statue, the movie made quite an impression to a lot of people not just because of the story but mostly because of the creative fashion styling done to each of the characters. Another Oscar contender ‘The Great Gatsby’ vied for the Best in Costume but the award went to American Hustle costume designer Michael Wilkinson.

American Hustle Characters in Style

Here’s a look at the memorable outfits worn by the start-studded cast of the American Hustle.

Amy Adams as Sidney Prosser

Everyone is just as surprise when the usually conservative-looking Amy Adams wore the sexiest outfits in the movie. Most of the ensemble are consists of plunging necklines, leg-baring slits and sheer tops. It was a complete contrast compared to the previous characters she portrayed. Michael Wilkinson shared to the press that the looks of Amy Adams are inspired by Sidney Prosser’s boldness and at the same time vulnerability. No double-sided tapes were used to keep every piece of the fabric (what little of it) in place.

American Hustle Amy Adams

Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld

Doritos plus JLaw plus sexy white dress is equals to one wardrobe malfunction. Apparently, JLaw got Dorito cheese stains on her dress while filming the movie. You won’t see any in the film though. The wardrobe team got back-ups of the signature gown JLaw wore in the casino-scene. David O. Russell made specific instructions for the costume styling. The white gown hugged the figure of the actress in all the right areas and Wilkinson also recalled that “he [Russell] wanted to see every single lump and bump”.

American Hustle JLaw

Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld

Christian Bale reportedly gained 40 pounds for the role of Irving Rosenfeld, the main character in the movie. Perhaps the title for ‘biggest transformation’ should be his. His transformation is like an official goodbye and declaration that “Nope. No more Batman for me!”.

American Hustle Christian Bale

Bradley Cooper as FBI Agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso

One word. Curls.

TMZ actually got some paparazzi shots of Bradley Cooper on the set of the film still wearing his curlers. It was reported that it took Bradley three hours per day just to get every single curls have the right curly-ness in it.

Jeremy Renner as Mayor Carmine Polito

If the girls got the battle of the gowns, the guys did quite battle on some level with their hairstyles. Although it was a sure win for Bradley Cooper’s curls, Jeremy Renner is not doing so bad himself. With his all-powerful Mister Mayor character, Renner sported an Elvis Presly-esque hairdo.

American Hustle

Some of the major designer brand inspiration for this film includes Gucci, Diane Von Furstenberg and Halston.

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