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How to work a red wedding dress like Rachel McAdams

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When the creator of Notting Hill, 4 Weddings and a Funeral, and Love, Actually comes out with a new film, you know it's going to get you right in the heart. Richard Curtis' latest writing project, About Time, debuts this weekend and gives every hopeless romantic someone to root for in main character Tim. Minor spoiler alert: There's a wedding, and it might involve Tim and his love interest, Mary (Rachel McAdams)--and there's nothing traditional about it, right down to the red wedding gown.

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And the film's costume designer, Verity Hawkes, who had days (as opposed to months) to find the dress, hit the nail on the head with McAdams' bold gown: Vera Wang just sent a gorgeous palette of pink, rose, and red down the fall 2014 runway, marking colorful options a true trend. But the character's gown was a custom job: "Rachel's character is expecting, so that dictated the empire waist, " she says. (Remember the non-traditional angle?) "We found a vintage dress in London that worked really well, so we adapted it, and in fact made a double because of the rain scene." (Again, no conventional wedding here!) Hawkes explains that the shade, which was written into the script, is a color everyone can wear. "It's actually easier for all skin tones, but it's bold," she explains. "Be prepared to follow through!"

Check out the movie in theaters nationwide, and do a little colorful-dress browsing below.

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