Those of you following me on Instagram may have seen on my Stories that we went to the Blade Runner Secret Cinema at the weekend…
What on earth is the Blade Runner Secret Cinema I hear you ask – I wondered exactly the same thing myself a while ago!
The Secret Cinema is an event that’s been going for a few years “recreating” classic movies in a secret location where everyone gets dressed up in the style/spirit of the original film. In Blade Runner the place was made to look like the dystopian LA of 2019 set 37 years into the future (and I know, that’s now next year, eek) along with street scenes, fake rain and food stalls selling noodles and dumplings. There were actors playing the key parts as well as a lot of extras who mill around, playing up to their characters and interacting with you… it was all rather bizarre and hilarious at times, but my god was it an experience!
(BTW the link up is a day late as yesterday was Bank Holiday Monday – from now on any link up falling on a bank holiday will be a day late to give me the day off!)
When you buy tickets you’re assigned a character role and an identity (I was Gloria Johnson, Keith was Harry Pierce #LOL), and you’re expected to dress up as per your occupation. They give you ideas on what sort of look to go for and suggestions for what to wear, and I was overjoyed to find out I was a Tannhauser Industrialist (do NOT ask me what on earth that actually was) – the key look for women assigned to that role was very 1940s-inspired, with pillbox hats and lots of face glitter.
Grimy, rainy, futuristic LA meets 1940s tailoring, if you know what I mean?!
Past Secret Cinema events have included Moulin Rouge, 28 Days Later, Ghostbusters and – of course – Star Wars… any films that feature memorable costumes and sets are perfect for these events (I’m DESPERATE for a Fifth Element one). Keith (or, should I say, Harry) was a Private Investigator, so he needed the big raincoat and waistcoat with a tie:
SHOP THE LOOK:
He makes quite a cool (but a little bit rough n ready) PI, don’t you think…? 😉
Creating a 1940s-style Blade Runner costume
It started with the dress – I’d had my eye on a few shirt dresses this spring, especially after researching so many current season dresses for my wedding guest outfits post from the other week. I went for the striped maxi shirt dress from Mango in the end: the colours were dark (far more appropriate than any pale colour) and you could do the button up to the neck to make it look more 1940s. It needed a wide belt to cinch in the waist and then I added the obligatory clear raincoat.
(I say obligatory – it was more than that…. it was absolutely ESSENTIAL if you didn’t want to get completely and utterly drenched. As it was, the bottom of my dress and my feet were soaked through, and it’s just when you’re at your wettest that you’re taken into the “cinema” part and everyone gets to watch the movie itself. So we all sat there happy as anything, but totally soaked.)
And the details are what made the outfit REALLY cool (I know I’m tooting my own horn here but I’m telling you – I LOVED this outfit)!
Flats were part of the dress code (you wouldn’t be allowed in wearing heels) so I chose some white pointed flats I’ve had for a few years that I didn’t mind getting wet/trashed… good job too, considering the amount of rain there was. Pillbox hats with veils featured a lot in the movie, so I got myself a cheap black pillbox hat with a birdcage veil from Amazon. Finally, glitter around my eyes which was also worn a lot in the movie (well, it was made in 1982)! I regret to say I couldn’t get hold of biodegradable glitter in time, but I made sure I didn’t wash it down the sink after talking about how bad glitter is for the oceans last year on the blog. I rescued as much as I still had on my face and put it back in the pot for another time #DoingMyBit
Finally, the umbrella. EVERYONE there needed an umbrella, and most of the ones there were illuminating umbrellas (like ours) and clear. It was quite a sight to see everyone on the dance floor at the end, dancing in the “rain” under their glowing umbrellas and getting soaked.
I’ve always been a huge fan of fancy dress (in the last few years I’ve been Disney’s Cinderella in rags, a Japanese anime girl and Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka) and Keith’s a fan too, so we have no qualms about looking like a couple of loons (though this was probably my most stylish fancy dress outfit to date).
It was one of those events where those that didn’t make much of an effort really, really looked daft – if you didn’t look 100% grimy, futuristic LA then you stood out like a sore thumb. However, travelling on the tube was fun… I could sense I was being stared at but hey, once we got nearer the event we were joined by a lot of others and we didn’t feel QUITE so conspicuous!
We took a few quick shots in the hotel before we left and a few were taken after the event. Phones we not allowed inside (it’s called Secret Cinema for a reason) so it was somewhat frustrating because I wanted to put everything onto my Stories. But no one else could either, so you get to be far more immersed in the whole experience so I think it’s a good thing.
The company that puts on these events are doing a Romeo and Juliet Secret Cinema in August, and I’m seriously considering getting tickets for that too. It was SO much fun, get yourself along if you can get to London in August!
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Above: this was taken with my iPhone, and it’s done some weird glazed thing to my left eye. Maybe I’m secretly a replicant after all…?!!
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