Daniel Day-Lewis worked with Paul Smith for Phantom Thread

Daniel Day-Lewis took a job with British designer Paul Smith’s fashion house to help him prepare for his role in Phantom Thread.

The Lincoln star, who played dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock in the 2017 film, is known for his method acting and Smith reveals he came to him to learn all about the skills and terminology behind fashion design.

”I’m a mate of Daniel Day-Lewis and he dresses really well,” Smith tells Table Manners with Jessie Ware. “He worked with our tailor for a week and then he went off to work in a couturier in New York I think as well.”


”He was only with us for five days I think, just to learn the terms… they’re not scissors they’re sheers you know…” he adds.

The Oscar winner announced Phantom Thread, which garnered critical acclaim, would be his last film.

”Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” a statement from the actor’s representative read. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

The 61 year old subsequently explained he was not as confident in the value of his most recent movies.

”It’s settled on me, and it’s just there…,” he said. “I dread to use the overused word ‘artist’, but there’s something of the responsibility of the artist that hung over me. I need to believe in the value of what I’m doing. The work can seem vital. Irresistible, even. And if an audience believes it, that should be good enough for me. But, lately, it isn’t.”