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Steven Soderbergh ‘s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ on the life of famed pianist Liberace – inspiration for today’s fashion

Released on HBO (U.S.) earlier this week, Steven Soderbergh ‘s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ based on the life of famed pianist Liberace starring Michael Douglas (Liberace) and Matt Damon (Scott Thorson -Liberace’s much younger boyfriend) provides huge inspiration potential for creative director, especially in fashion, accessories and jewellery.

Michael Douglas in Steven Soderbergh ‘s ‘Behind the Candelabra’ playing Liberace

If the re-make of The Great Gatsby was more of a ‘forced’ association at least with some of the luxury brands, ‘Behind the Candelabra’ has the potential to bring back the lost glamour and sparkle of Liberace’s age, his lavish lifestyle playing a supporting in the movie.

“Palatial kitsch” is how Michael Douglas, playing Liberace in ‘Behind the Candelabra’ describes his extravagant home to his new lover Scott Thorson. “He (Liberace) was so big into self promotion,” says Howard Cummings, the film’s production designer. “His life was also part of what his art was — hence all the fabulous costumes, jewelry, and that also extended to the types of homes he had.”

Jewellery worn by Matt Damon and Michael Douglas in ‘Behind The Candelabra’ movie, photo HBO

Cummings and his team used many of Liberace’s actual belongings, both as models and in the film. The contents of a now closed museum once run by the Liberace Foundation provided a number of the star’s originals to “Behind the Candelabra,” including his performance pianos and the candelabras that adorned them.

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