A costume department fabric bible from Steven Spielberg’s 1987 World War 2 drama Empire of the Sun.
Young Jim Graham (Christian Bale) comes from a wealthy English family, but is taken prisoner during the war and struggles to survive in a Japanese internment camp.
The folder contains numerous designs, hand-drawn sketches and fabric samples for fancy dress outfits seen in the party scene during the movie’s early stages. The scene and costumes contrast with the story’s serious tone and represent a last view of innocence. On the inside front cover is an extensive list of different costume types and characters, including bust, waist, hip and height sizes for women. A stapled list of items and characters from Angels Costumiers is included, with numerous handwritten notes and markings – the document is marked ‘Empire of the Sun’ on each page.
Each page and set of samples is preserved within a plastic sleeve. Red, blue and green tabs are labelled to separate the sleeves into different character types. Numerous outfits listed or designed in the book relate to onscreen appearances: Christian Bale’s Sinbad costume, Peter Gale’s Pirate, Miranda Richardson’s Clown/Pierette, Bumblebee, Mandarin, Marie Antoinette, Britannia, Charlie Chaplin, the Jockey, Norman’s Penguin, the Ladybird and others. Interestingly, the Queen of Hearts design has Miranda Richardson’s name on the page, although she appeared as a clown in the film.
Neatly arranged, the pages show marks, tears and stains from use during production. However, the fabric bible remains in good overall condition.
Materials: Paper, Card, Plastic, Woven Man-Made Fibres, Ferrous Metals.
This item comes with a Prop Store Certificate of Authenticity.