Vintage Decor Sets the Tone for American Hustle

Comb overs, disco dresses and perms are just a few small details that help create the mood for director David O’Russell’s big screen comedy American Hustle. If you’re a film fan who can’t help but salivate over vintage accessories, you’ll love how the movie resurrects the love for big bow ties, qiana fabric and classic seventies rock.

Based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Christian Bale as con man, Irving Rosenfeld along with his partner and lover, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) are recruited and forced to work for FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into the enchanting and dangerous world of the Jersey crime underworld.

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Earth tones were all the rage in the 1970’s due to the public’s upsurge in environmental awareness. The film uses a classic 1970’s color combo of harvest gold and chocolate brown in the wall colors, graphic art and furniture. Amy Adam’s turquoise wrap dress makes her character’s presence pop against the duo-toned room.

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Bales’ stark, Scandinavian style wood desk adorned with a leather top is framed by the velour-covered, matching side chairs and his Captain Kirk-esque office chair. Floor lamps found their due in this decade. According to, “the 1970s ‘Mod’ look was impacted by the continuing inspiration of Space Age technologies and the availability of new materials”. The gold, torchiere-style lamp and embossed wall art complete the room’s look. set design_2

For their work on American Hustle, costume designer Michael Wilkinson and production designer Judy Becker will receive this year’s Hollywood Costume Design Award and Hollywood Production Design Award, respectively, at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards. Jennifer Lawrence’s white, skin-hugging dress is already getting big buzz and like Angelina’s leg, her dress will most likely have its own Twitter feed before you know it.

jennifer lawrenceWhite was popular not only in fashion but furniture as well. Below Amy Adams, rocks platforms listening to a vintage record player in her white peek-a-boo bathing suit perched atop an off-white, modern love seat.

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The ultimate color reference guide to the 1970’s below.populard 1970 colorsTo find out more about recreating your own vintage decor themed room from your favorite films, check out Design Sponge’s “Living In” series featuring looks ranging from Moonrise Kingdom and Welcome to the Dollhouse to Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill. If you still need your fix of vintage design inspirations, the blog Sweet Sunday Mornings delves into “the mise-en-scène” (stylistic design elements, seen in films and television shows) giving an incredible overview of classics from he 1940’s to the 1960’s.

(photo credits: Sony Pictures/Atlas Entertianment)

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