Peter Strickland‘s third feature film The Duke of Burgundy, out Friday, takes place in a world without men. It explores the subtly kinky relationship between two women, one who studies butterflies; the other, her housekeeper, as they push each other’s boundaries.
Speaking to the female relationship in the film, director Peter Strickland told us:
…It was paying lip service to that sleazy, sexploitation cinema and had to come from that…obviously the questions came up about having the classic male gaze issue and how to address that without pretending as if I could put on a female gaze. It was just about being aware of the pitfalls of being too mechanical or directional in the way I look at things. It had to be two women, but I wanted to focus only on the dynamics of that relationship. I don’t see them as gay—and I’m not saying that so I can sell it to more people, I’m not concerned about that because this is a niche film anyway. So it’s more just that that has been done before and by having no counterpoint, in terms of gender, you don’t have the issues of acceptance and ejection and so on.
Men or not, lingerie is a fundamental part of the film.
The Duke of Burgundy sets itself apart by calling attention to its sartorial and aesthetic choices (even the invisible ones)–there is in fact, a perfume credit. That aesthetic is shaped by a sort of female sensuality, expressed obviously through lacy undergarments but also through the darker, flapping wings of the butterflies that set the tone for the film.
It’s an instantly, but intellectually, appealing type of “sexy,” which is why today, we’re exploring how to channel the appeal of the women in this new film.
Selections inspired by the simultaneously subdued and dramatic jewel tones that characterize the film:
Clockwise from Left: La Perla Navy Lace and Silk Robe, Elle MacPherson Burgundy Chemise, Carine Gilson Lace Trimmed Chemise, Agent Provocateur Beaded Lace Bra, Deborah Marquit Emerald Lace Briefs, La Perla Freesia and Lace Black Slip, Calvin Klein Black Lace Bra, Monette Burgundy Lace Briefs
For daytime vibes inspired by the most regal class of insects, try this fun crop top from Toy Syndrome:
or patterned Zara Terez butterfly leggings.
You can see the film tomorrow, at a theater or even in your own bed 😉 on VOD. We guarantee you’re gonna wanna buy yourself something new and lacy afterwards.