It was love, Italian style, on the Florence set of “Hannibal.” To outfit stars Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman and Ray Liotta, the film used fall 2000 suits, evening dresses and sportswear from Roberto Cavalli, Giorgio Armani, Gucci and Cerruti in equal measure. (Roberta Armani, Giorgio’s niece, even had a bit part.) Producer Martha De Laurentiis called it “a collaboration of friendship and style.” Cavalli, for example, is chummy with director Ridley Scott’s Italian girlfriend.
In one scene, Hannibal Lecter leaves a made-for-the-movie Gucci ad (from a fictional issue of Vogue) in Clarice Starling’s apartment, featuring a fall 2000 black satin sandal. Starling later receives the actual shoe as another creepy clue. But in what will undoubtedly be the most talked about scene in the movie, Starling wears a slinky black dress by Marc Bouwer. Many insiders who got an early glimpse of the film mistook the dress for Gucci or Armani, but Bouwer turns out to have been the suggestion of Moore herself, who’s a good friend of the designer.