To Andrea Flesch, respected costume designer behind Colette and Midsommar , the prequel to Harriet Warner’s striking, sexy new Dangerous Liaisons
Starz, is the project that almost got away. “I first heard about the show three years ago,” she told Vogue via Zoom. “Director Leonora Lonsdale offered me the job, but I was doing other things at the time, so I couldn’t take it. They hired other people, but then they had to stop because of COVID, and when other designers couldn’t do it anymore, I accept.”
The series is certainly enriched by her participation. A riveting eight-part series set in pre-revolutionary Paris, adapted from Pierre Choderlos de The Laclos classic of the century tells the story of Camille (Alice Englert), the soon-to-be Marquise de Merteuil and Pascal Valmont (Nicholas Denton) as they become Glenn Close Before John Malkovich’s malevolent rival in Stephen Frears’ 1988 adaptation of the same name.
We meet the young lovers, Camille a sex worker and Valmont a penniless cartographer, struggling to make ends meet. When the former discovers that the latter is also secretly courting a succession of aristocratic women, including the married current Lady of Metey, Geneviève (Lesley Manville), in the hope of improving his fortunes, she Heartbroken. Her friend Victoire (Kosar Ali) has stolen Madame Merteuil and Valmont’s explicit letters, which she and Camille use to blackmail Madame Merteuil into welcoming them both into high society. Camille goes to war with Valmont in a gorgeous gown. Then, another character emerges: the good-natured Jacqueline de Montrachet (Carice van Houten), the woman Camille once served and who now vows revenge on her, and Valmont begins to seduce her.
Costumes range from beautifully embroidered capes to sparkling jewels and powdered wigs Spectacular throughout. As the season continues, Flesch walks us through all the major talking points so far — and her favorite looks — below.