Fashion Book: Never Let Me Go
I read Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go close to six years ago. The movie, starring Cary Mulligan, Andrew Garfield, and Keira Knightley came out last year, and I sat down to watch it this past weekend. It’s a futuristic concept, set in the past–weird in and of itself, but the story works, if you don’t look too deeply into factual plot holes and inaccuracies. Kathy, Tommy, and Ruth attend an English boarding school called Hailsham in the late 1970s-early 1980s. It quickly becomes clear that Hailsham students are different from typical students–they don’t have families and have never been outside the school’s boundaries. In the book, the reader is kept in suspense as to what is happening and why the students are different, but in the movie, things are a little more clear.
The three children become friends, forming an odd triangle–Kathy is reserved and serious, Tommy is artistic and prone to fits of rage, and Ruth is bold and…kind of bitchy. Kathy harbors feelings for Tommy, but (spoiler alert…if you’ve never seen the movie trailer) Ruth soon steals him away from her, creating an odd tension for the group. The story follows the characters as they grow up and leave Hailsham behind, though the main point of view is Kathy’s. As the students continue on their own path, they try to rally against a fate that seems impossible to change.
The movie version wasn’t as good as the book, but it reminded me of how much I liked the story and found Kathy and Tommy in particular very compelling characters. I thought it would be interesting to try to create outfits for both Kathy and Ruth, to show their differences, and what they might wear if they had been able to express themselves through their style (something they don’t really have the chance to do in the book or film.)
Have you read the book or seen the movie? What are your thoughts?
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