The Women of Wes Anderson Films

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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Anjelica Huston in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Anjelica Huston in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Anjelica Huston in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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Anjelica Huston in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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Anjelica Huston and Cate Blanchett in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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Cate Blanchett in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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Cate Blanchett in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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Cate Blanchett in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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Cate Blanchett in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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Robyn Cohen in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
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Anjelica Huston in The Darjeeling Limited
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Amara Karan in The Darjeeling Limited
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Amara Karan in The Darjeeling Limited
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Amara Karan in The Darjeeling Limited
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Natalie Portman in Hotel Chevalier
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Natalie Portman in Hotel Chevalier
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Natalie Portman in Hotel Chevalier
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Olivia Williams in Rushmore
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Olivia Williams in Rushmore
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Olivia Williams in Rushmore
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Sara Tanaka in Rushmore
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Lumi Cavazos in Bottle Rocket
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Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom
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Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom
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Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom
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Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom
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Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom
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Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom
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Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom
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Frances McDormand and Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom
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Frances McDormand in Moonrise Kingdom
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Tilda Swinton in Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson has a serious way with women. His films, though padded with men—Jason Schwartzman, the Wilson brothers, and Bill Murray (who appears in all but one of Anderson’s movies)—always include at least one covetable part for a glamorous and delightfully off heroine.

The few actresses who've made the cut—Anjelica Huston (again, in almost every film), Gwyneth PaltrowCate Blanchett, (the voice of) Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Kara Hayward, etc.—were directed into some of their most memorable (and oft-mimicked) performances, whether adult, child, human, or fox. Take Gwyneth’s turn as Margot Tenenbaum in all her angsty, melancholic, wooden finger, blunt side-parted bob, heavy khol eye, and perpetual cigarette-ed glory. She is the quintessential Anderson gal: beautiful, by no means normal, and shrouded in mystery. Alexa Chung even dedicated an entire page of her new book, It, to the character. She says Margot is “so damn cool and the look is timeless.”

So with Halloween just around the corner, and the release of the book The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz this week, allow us (and you, dear readers) to recall our favorite Anderson women.

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  • N O R T H // S O U T H

    LOVE love LOVE this post. Anderson's depiction of quirky off-handed women is brilliant. Fantastic write up.

    Love From California,

    http://www.north-by-south.com/

  • Samantha Klein

    I personally think that Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom is positively a revelation. I want her to have all the teenaged girl roles in Hollywood. ALL OF THEM.

  • Adelyn Belsterling

    YES! No one writes women like Wes Anderson!

    Loved this post.

    Adelyn

    Simply Hepburn.

  • http://BikePretty.com/ Bike Pretty

    So many Halloween costume ideas!
    Thanks, ITG

  • Janine

    So funny...I just got Marc Jacob's "Moody Margot" lipstick yesterday :)

  • Peet

    Natalie Portman should always have that haircut.

  • http://www.downtownhautefashion.blogspot.com/ Leslie

    I love Wes Anderson films. Kara Hayward from Moonrise Kingdom was definitely my fave!!
    Love this post!

    <3

    http://downtownhautefashion.blogspot.com

  • Rebeka Osborne

    This post is awesome. Also, have you guys ever seen the KanyeWesAnderson tumblr? http://kanyewesanderson.tumblr.com/ I feel like you might like it just as much as I do :)

  • http://www.ellaetcetera.com/ Ella

    love love love the women of wes anderson.
    i'm dressing up as margot for halloween... so excited!

    xx ella
    http://www.ellaetcetera.com

  • Nina

    Super post! Wes Anderson's women are so complex, quirky, and real. All of them are an aspiration. He obviously knows and respects women. Thank for the showcase!

    http://itsazooatthezoo.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    Now I want to spend my evening watching The Royal Tenenbaums. There aren't many movies I can watch over and over again, but that one I could definitely put in any time!

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