A romantic heroin, shrouded in mystery, tries to seduce her reticent and often surly husband. Her secret weapon? Figure-hugging dresses of lace and pastel colors, “innocent” lingerie that reveals rather too much than it should and stiletto heels: a true femme fatale.
All around chaos unfolds: family crises, accusations, lies and unexpected revelations. Yet she holds back, slyly, takes her time and moves with grace in her classic 1950s dresses, delivering on every style rule, even when everything (credibility but never elegance) seems lost.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof was written by Tennessee Williams in 1954 and made into a movie featuring Liz Taylor and Paul Newman in 1958. As relevant as ever, the play will be performed by the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway in the coming days. In the role of Maggie, the enchanting Scarlett Johansson, who, with her contemporary pin-up charm and allure, is certain to live up to the late Taylor.
And if Scarlett’s interpretation still needs to be evaluated, there are few doubts on the look she’ll be donning at the hands of costume designer Julie Weiss: a style that represents the quintessence of femininity, studied to harmonically enhance the strategic points of the female form (chest, waist and hips). A style that in the 1950s, relaunched the 18th-century mythical wasp waist, creating a silhouette that sent men into rapture and catapulted not a small number of beautiful women to stardom. The look will feature a gentle sensuality in which each little detail is of utmost importance and every excess is absolutely forbidden.