American Hustle is a crime drama film released in 2013. The movie is somewhat based on the infamous FBI ABSCAM scandal of the late 1970s and early 80s. Christian Bale and Amy Adams costar as a couple of con artists (Irving Rosenfeld and Sydney Prosser) used by the FBI to indict corrupt politicians.
The movie effectively uses the clothing and styles of the time frame it is set in. While the two main characters are very successful as partners in conning wealthy men out of their money, there is also a love interest going on.
But Irving is married to Jennifer Lawrence’s character, the unpredictable Rosalyn. The trio creates dramatic problems, with Bradley Cooper appearing as FBI Agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso. The fifth major character is Mayor Carmine Polito, played by Jeremy Renner.
Any women that want to dress as Rosalyn or Sydney for Halloween or a costume party are in for a treat. Much of the movie, these two ladies are gorgeously decked out in sexy and sensual nightclub outfits.
Rosalyn is frequently portrayed in loose and flowing or tight-fitting gowns and dresses which leave very little to the imagination. Her signature dress in American Hustle is a low-cut, light beige number with an open back and a very revealing bodice.
Her blonde hairstyle is also memorable, usually done up with accompanying curls on the sides and back.
Rosalyn frequently wears an open front party dress or top which has a neckline that runs to her navel. Her clothes are always worn with displaying her body in mind.
The American Hustle Rosalyn and Sydney outfits are perfectly reproduced as sexy Halloween costumes and available through multiple websites, or you can watch the film and hit the thrift shops to reproduce them.
A good Irving Rosenfeld costume will include a three-piece suit. Make sure it is a stylish and expensive looking representation of the late 70s and early 80s styles. Add an Ascot or a bright, wide tie and you are on your way.
In the movie, Irving sports a bit of a receding hairline and comb-over. There are a few wigs you can purchase online that are made to represent this aspect of the American Hustle character. Don’t forget the aviator style glasses with a light brown tint.
Bradley Cooper’s character Richie is seen throughout the film in a sport coat and slacks or a three-piece suit with open neck. Browns and grays are in evidence, with Richie’s nightclub wear usually including a chain necklace and brightly colored, open chest polyester or satin shirt.