Mr. Porter: Did you enjoy dressing like the Duke of Windsor?
James D’Arcy: A lot of the clothes in the film
were made for me by Martin Nicholls, a tailor, for Dunhill. I had a lot
of fittings for these suits and I’m left with far too much knowledge
about how to make a great suit. I very much enjoyed the day I got to
wear a kilt, but the plus fours I wasn’t fussed about. And there was a
Prince of Wales check suit that was spectacular.
Mr. Porter: What was your favourite outfit?
James D’Arcy: The thing I most enjoyed wearing was
a pair of midnight-blue tails. They made me stand differently, they
made me feel very debonair; they were incredibly beautiful.
Mr. Porter: Did you get to keep the clothes?
James D’Arcy: Dunhill paid for them, so it kept
them. It’s not as if I’m fat now but I was incredibly thin when I made
the film - I was under instruction because he [the Duke of Windsor] was
really thin - so now I’d have to breathe in to put them on. I couldn’t
do anything about my height [Mr Darcy is, at 6'2", more than half a foot
taller than the duke] but I could make sure that on the day I wore the
swimming trunks I didn’t bulge over the top of them. I’m not quite in
that shape now.
Mr. Porter: Did the film affect your personal style?
James D’Arcy: In some indirect way, because I got a
very strong sense of how wearing great clothes alters your mood and
makes you feel good about yourself, which I’d never really considered
before. In terms of directly influencing what I wear, not at all.