In the summer of 2018, Robeson magazine put out a call for people to share their summer wardrobes. One of the standout responses came from actor and singer Robert Pattinson. The Twilight actor not only shared the clothes that he wore on the big screen but also offered insight into the style choices that had inspired him.
Since then, fans have been eager to learn more about Pattinson’s favorite outfits and the style choices that had motivated him to put together his unique robès. (His surname, by the way, is pronounced “Ro-BEES-on.”) Here, we will explore Pattinson’s unusual wardrobes, offering style tips along the way.
The first piece of good news for Pattinson fans is that his summer wardrobe is guaranteed to make them stand out. The actor was credited with three wins at the 2018 SAG Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Drama Film. Additionally, he was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama Film for his portrayal of musician and songwriter Jimmy Smith in the movie To write the songs for the album Forms and shapes, Pattinson drew upon his interest in music and its influence on his wardrobe choices. He explained that his bandmates would often come up with musical ideas while on tour and would then bring those songs back to the studio to be recorded. Most of the album’s songs are ballads, and the actor imbued these numbers with a passion that resonates on-screen. One of the album’s tracks, “Darling,” is included in the movie’s final scene and features Pattinson and his co-star, Mia Wasikowska, performing the duet in an intimate setting. Wasikowska, who plays Pattinson’s love interest, is also a SAG Award winner this year for her portrayal of an attorney in the film Luce.
The singer-songwriter also drew upon his love of Americana music for the movie Beautiful people. In an interview with Howard Stern, Pattinson shared that he had not only listened to and enjoyed the music of the Band, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins but had also been inspired by their clothes.
“I love western wear, old-school stuff,” said the British actor. “It’s funny, when you grow up with it and listen to it all the time, you start to think that it’s the most exciting, the most romantic, the most inspiring style.”
A Wide Ranging Wardrobe
Pattinson was not only inspired by music and the American dream but also by a wide range of personal experiences. The singer-songwriter drew upon his time living in New York City for the movie Dandelion, in which he starred as a struggling actor. The character’s name is Jack and he is played by a bearded Robert Pattinson, who also provides the movie’s voice over. The actor explained that he had taken on the role because he could relate to its narrative. After a string of critically acclaimed performances in films like The Scottish play and High-school comedy Good games, Pattinson tackled the role of a lifetime – that of a drag queen – in the movie The scented candle. The actor was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead but lost out to Michael Shannon.
Another source of inspiration came from Pattinson’s childhood. The singer-songwriter’s mother, Karen, was an accomplished equestrienne who competed in show jumping events during the actor’s teenage years. Perhaps inspired by his mother’s involvement in the sport, Pattinson had chosen to portray a jockey in the movie The story of Tom Sawyer. While the movie panned out as expected, it was not until his breakthrough role as a tortured artist in Water for Elephants that Pattinson’s acting career began to take off. For the first time, audiences saw the actor transform into a more mature and nuanced character. The movie took the world by storm and became the highest-grossing film of the year. (It has since been surpassed by Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, but you get the picture.)
On the set of Water for Elephants, Pattinson had transformed the way he dressed. The actor had ditched his former laid-back image for a character-appropriate attire choice. This is most evident in the film’s first sequence, which sees Tom Sawyer and his friends attending a baseball game. The boys are in their traditional school uniforms but, in keeping with the period setting of the film, the actor has swapped his loafers for a pair of cowboy boots. There is also an elegant scene in which the boys attend a dinner party at which time the actor donates a casual outfit. On the way to the dinner party, he stops by a tavern where he orders a bottle of whiskey and a six-pack. The drinker serves as the inspiration for the actor’s character, who then heads to the dinner party in search of romance.
A Passion For Fashion
Pattinson has a strong appreciation for fashion and style. One of his proudest moments as an actor came after filming had completed on Water for Elephants. The actor had been given a pack of clothes by the costume designer for the film, Sophie Wicks. “It was a beautiful dress and I was over the moon,” he said of the outfit, which sees him wear a cream-colored suit with a yellow carnation. “I love that it’s a slightly retro look.”
The British actor has been known to swap his clothes several times throughout the years. In 2014, he donned a beautiful floral print dress for the Cannes Film Festival and then swapped it out for a black-and-white checkerboard pattern. The pattern was later replaced with a floral print once again – this time in a tie-waist dress.
To conclude, Pattinson’s decision to dress as he does is not only to play up the “rock star” image but also to show off his excellent sense of style. The British actor is known for his unique sense of fashion and is often seen parading in and out of the camera as a way of showcasing his fashionable choices.