Barry Jenkins adaption of James Baldwin’s 1974 book, If Beale Street Could Talk, is a heartwarming and beautifully filmed love story, but equally an infuriating tale of racism and social injustice for black people in America. Set in 1970s New York City, KiKi Layne stars as ‘Clementine “Tish” Rivers’ whose artist boyfriend ‘Alozo “Fonny” Hunt’ is falsely accused and incarcerated for raping a woman. The pregnant Tish turns to her parents for support, ‘Sharon’ and ‘Jospeh Rivers’ (played by Oscar-winning Supporting Actress Regina King and Colman Domingo). Sharon tracks down and flies to Puerto Rico to try and convince the victim of Fonny’s innocence, whilst Joseph hustles the streets of Harlem to provide money for his legal fees.
These movie costumes from the romantic period drama were photographed on display at Downtown L.A.’s FIDM Museum on February 5, 2019.
These 70s looks were designed by Caroline Eselin-Schaefer and some of these costumes from If Beale Street Could Talk were also exhibited at ArcLight Hollywood cinema around its theatrical release last winter.