“Never Cursed” is my submission to the @talenthouse & @focusfeatures #phantomthread movie poster #contest. #fanart#dresses#watercolor#colorpencils#paulthomasanderson#danieldaylewis#50sfashion#nevercursed#vickykrieps#lesleymanville#vintageclothing#vintagethreads#70mm#alamodrafthouse ”It's comforting to think the dead are watching over the living. I don't find that spooky at all." - Reynolds Woodcock, of his deceased mother. The seldom seen, but omnipresent phantom of "Phantom Thread" is Reynolds' mother. The ghost parent of this gifted, yet emotionally stunted man-child artiste looms large in the House of Woodcock -- and within the designer's heart and imagination. Only Alma, in her many guises (waitress, muse, model, pest, nurse, wife, lover, adversary) comes close to usurping his mother/goddess/mentor.
Personally, I loved paper dolls and drawing ball gowns as a little girl. My mother and I also enjoyed watching fashion shows on TV together. The film and the creation of this poster brought me back to those joyful pastimes and my imaginative childhood hobbies. The costumes in the film were breathtaking and integral to the story.