When the hardest thespian who ever thespian’d, Daniel Day-Lewis, semi-retired from acting in the 90s, he went off to make shoes. DDL announced last week that he’s retiring again, and Page Six says that like last time, he’s planning to spend his days making shit you wear. Only this time he’s going to make dresses.
A source tells Page Six that DDL was ready to take his final bow on the acting stage three years ago, but he was looking for the perfect last project. He found it in Paul Thomas Anderson’s untitled movie (some say it’s going to be called Phantom Thread) that’s set in the fashion world of NYC in the 1950s. When DDL takes a new role, he transforms himself into Jennifer Jason Leigh in Single White Female and becomes the character. So the source says that while researching his role in Phantom Thread, DDL got so into the mind of a dressmaker that bitch can’t get out now. DDL wants to become a fashion designer now.
A source told Page Six that Day-Lewis did such intense research and learned so much about couture fashion for his final film playing “an uncompromising dressmaker commissioned by royalty and high society” that he will stick with the profession off-screen and become a dressmaker.
The fashion designers of the world are probably shaking with fear, but they shouldn’t. If DDL’s fashion career is going to be anything like his acting career, then he’ll probably spend about three years researching everything about his dress (What’s its backstory? Where did it grow up? Who did it lose its virginity to? What is its dreams?) and then he’d spend another three years making it. And when he finished making it, he’d look at it and realize that he doesn’t want to be a dressmaker, he wants to be the dress. So in about six years, Daniel Day-Lewis may be available to buy in the dress department of a Bloomingdale’s near you. I’d wear him.