By  on August 23, 2006

It's the last day of filming on the set of "Camille." As the skeleton crew readies for the final shot, Sienna Miller, who stars in the title role, sits thoroughly engrossed in the latest issue of Us Weekly, particularly the tabloid's Fashion Police page. "Sienna's Slip-ups" proclaims the headline, beneath which are four paparazzi shots of Miller midstride. Though Us Weekly is hardly considered the touchstone of style among fashion insiders, who regard Miller as a refreshing nonconformist amid Hollywood's tired Rachel Zoe-bot types, Miller seems a little hurt, if mildly amused.

Still, she admits that one of the four pictured outfits is a mess: "Quite shocking," she allows of the printed dress and clashing pink cowboy boots. But what the weekly fails to mention is that the photo was snapped during a break from filming "Camille," and the outfit is actually a costume. In fact, Miller is wearing the same boots this very minute, only now with a wedding gown custom-designed by Giorgio Armani.

If Armani seems an odd choice for a trousseau involving cowboy boots, that's only the beginning of the movie's style anomalies. "Camille," the as-yet-unscheduled feature debut of director-producer Gregory Mackenzie, is a love story about newlyweds from small-town Kentucky, where Armani gowns are undoubtedly in short supply. Miller plays the ill-fated yet incredibly optimistic bride who's head-over-heels for James Franco's Silas, the reluctant (also Armani-clad), ex-con groom. After a motorcycle accident en route to Niagara Falls — her dream honeymoon, his ploy to skip parole — Miller, whose character may be dead, spends the rest of the film gracefully decomposing in six versions of an increasingly distressed wedding gown that transitions from full-on fluffy meringue to sophisticated sheath. The idea is that, while Camille's appearance changes, her feelings for Silas remain true. Meanwhile, at the end of the film, he, still clad in a relatively intact tux, realizes his love for her.

"It's really interesting costume-wise, because we use the dress and tuxedo to contrast the characters of Camille and Silas," says Alex Kavanagh, "Camille's" costume designer, who has worked on several slasher films, including "Saw II" and "Saw III," and who also created a wedding gown for a zombie bride in "Land of the Dead." "And Sienna's in the gown about 85 percent of the time."

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