Screen Style Stills: Eve’s Bayou by Kasi Lemmons

By: Emily Yakashiro

As is well-documented on this site, I’m a very late-to-the-party kind of a gal. I recently watched Eve’s Bayou, a film from 1997 by Kasi Lemmons for the first time. Honestly, it’s probably one of the best films I’ve seen this past year, and I have been a judge for a film festival these past few months!

I was inspired to see the movie after reading this excellent article by Nijla Mu’min on the Bitch blog. I loved this film because )other than the fact it was just plain excellent) it:

1. Was written and directed by a woman of colour

2. Starred women of colour

3. Passed the Bechdel Test and the Mako Mori test with flying colours.

4. Passes Alaya Dawn Johnson’s adaptation of the Bechdel Test which asks whether there are at least two people of colour in the movie who talk about something other than white people.

5. Has excellent 1960s style, which brings us to this post.

Yea, the clothes are amazing. The styling is especially interesting since we get to see vintage kids/youth clothes, which you don’t see much since period pieces are usually focused entirely on adults. I love Eve’s (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) tomboy style contrasted with her Shakespeare-quoting older sister Cisely’s (Meagan Good) more prim and proper style.

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Above: Debbi Morgan (right) as Mozelle Batiste-Delacroix, Eve’s super awesome psychic aunt.

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Above and below: So envious of these gorgeous 1960s party dresses.

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