Angelina Jolie's 'Tourist' Style Secrets

12/10/2010 at 06:00 PM ET

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Angelina Jolie might be one of modern cinema’s most iconic vixens, but when creating her look for the new movie The Tourist, her costume designer looked to classic film noir glamour. “My inspiration for [Jolie’s character] Elise’s costumes were the Hitchcock movies: minimal elegance,” Academy Award-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, who worked on the thriller, tells PEOPLE. In one scene, Jolie’s character dashes off to a ball in Venice, Italy, wearing a glamorous, flowing black gown topped off with a diamond-studded choker (below). “The black gown was designed to evoke the grand life, and to frame Angelina Jolie’s beauty,” Atwood explains. “The necklace was created by Robert Procop from an antique tiara, and [the diamonds were] definitely real!” Another eye-catching number from the film, an ivory sheath accented with a camel shawl and gloves (above), had a royal lineage as well. “That look was inspired by a dress designed by Irene [Lentz], who is a legendary costume designer,” Atwood says. “I took the basic idea and added some flair to contemporize it. The original had a jacket, but I really wanted something a little more luxurious, so I created the cashmere wrap. I’ve always loved a glove, and was filming in the land of fine gloves, so I used a fine suede glove to finish the look.” –Sara Hammel


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I am not a huge Angie fan; but, she was absolutely exquisite in this film. It was as if she were channeling the beauties of yesteryear (Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, etc.). Johnny Depp was, as usual, perfect in the role he was playing. Unless you were expecting Captain Jack Sparrow, you could not have been disappointed in him. He was charming and likeable, even until the end. Great movie. I have to wonder if the critics saw the same movie we did, because the reaction of others in the theater was similar to mine. I would give it an “A”. Could have been slightly more intriguing for the “A+”, but definately well worth the ticket.

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Angelina tries way too hard to carry the look of elegance and ease but cannot do it. She still looks like a tramp. She does not have one iota of the natural grace, style and elegance of a Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn – she is what she is – and she’s no lady.

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