One of 2009's most stunning films which managed to completely pass me by was Cracks, starring 3 of the most beautiful young, and not so young actresses on the circuit at the moment (Eva Green, Juno Temple and Imogen Poots).
The plot and cinematography are both captivating, and Eva Green's performance more than compensates for the younger cast members' acting which although competent, can at times leave a little to be desired. What really enthralls the viewer, however, and contributes to the true spectacle of the film, are the costumes. Allison Byrne, the costume designer for the film, mixes a wonderful range of vintage sourced pieces (the majority from London's Angels) and modern couture pieces to really encapsulate the 30's fashion. Eva Green's splendid outfits are truly magnificent, though the costumes provided for the young girls (particularly for Juno, Imogen and newcomer, María Valverde) are also worthy of note. Costumes haven't impressed me in quite this way since the likes of The Changeling, Atonement and Marie Antoinette. Seeing as it is the costumes which really make the film the visual treat that it is, I'll leave the pictures to do the rest of the explaining.
There's an interview with Allison Byrne, the woman responsible for such finery, here, and although Cracks itself isn't dealt with, ClothesOnFilm deals with a magnificent array of the finest costumes within film and television.