The Seventies images that inspired American Hustle’s glitzy costumes.

American Hustle’s costume designer Michael Wilkinson has revealed that photographer Allan Tannenbaum’s 2003 book ‘New York In The 70s’ was the driving inspiration behind the movie’s eclectic and daring wardrobe.

Mr Tannenbaum was one of the most prolific documentarians of New York nightlife in the 1970s – the same glam-o-rama, drug-fueled decade in which David O. Russell’s Oscar-nominated film takes

Backless wonder: Mr Wilkinson says he is especially proud of the gown he designed for Jennifer Lawrence (right), which looks incredibly similar to one worn by Jerry Hall (left)


Uncanny resemblance: Christian Bale’s Irving Rosenfeld (right) looks incredibly similar to director Steven Spielberg in Allan Tannenbaum’s 1975 photo for the SoHo Weekly News (left)

Rock stars: Popular band The Bee Gees arrive at Gracie Mansion in 1976 wearing the kind of flamboyant menswear that the Seventies are historically famous for

Recreation: Mr Wilkinson says that he was inspired by the lack of social constraints that menswear experienced during the decade.

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