Carey Mulligan’s style is “heavily influenced” by what she’s working on at the time.
The Great Gatsby actress noted in an interview with U.S. InStyle magazine that her personal style is ever-evolving and will sometimes be inspired by the costumes she wears on set for a particular film, such the 2005 period drama Pride & Prejudice, which marked her movie debut, influencing her to wear vintage clothes in her downtime.
“I was a tomboy (as a teenager). I was still wearing my Les Miserables T-shirt to am-dram (amateur drama) on the weekends when I was 14,” she said as she reflected on her fashion evolution. “And then I started to work. I was 18 when I shot Pride & Prejudice, and I went through a vintage-clothes stage. When I did Promising Young Woman, all I wanted to wear was pink. My style is heavily influenced by what I'm working on.”
Carey shot the accompanying photoshoot in Paris, France just before the coronavirus lockdown – and although she appears to pose confidently in an array of designer looks, she admitted she still feels “super unsure in a shoot environment”.
However, the British actress insisted she has confident with shoots in the past few years, since having daughter Evelyn, four, and son Wilfred, two, with her husband Marcus Mumford, but always warns the photographer that they need to give her detailed instructions.
“I'm not a model. I tell photographers at the beginning of a shoot, ‘Hey, I'm really bad at this, so the best way to get through this is for you to tell me exactly what to do’,” she recalled. “In all of our family photos, I look like a complete fail. So I say, ‘If this is going to work at all, it's because of your skills as a photographer.’”