You aren’t imagining it. Timothée Chalamet is in every movie. Hollywood’s new “it boy,” best known for his starring role in Luca Guadagnino’s aching, coming-of-age romance Call Me by Your Name, may just have been passed up for Best Actor — his first nomination — at this year’s Oscars, but by no means has he been bested. What other actor, and a breakout star — a wee baby of 22! — at that, can claim that a screenwriter wore a shirt emblazoned with a literal sketch of his face to the Oscars?
The Call Me by Your Name screenwriter James Ivory, 89, who won the Oscar for adapting the novel by André Aciman, was snapped on the red carpet wearing a dress shirt dreamily painted with the mug of Chalamet as Elio, the film’s protagonist, which the young actor depicted. Now, you too can wear a shirt adorned with the young heartthrob’s pensive visage. Portrait artist Andrew Mania, who specially painted the shirt for Ivory, has announced via Instagram that he’s making more of the shirts, and that they’re available to the public for purchase.
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You can actually commission your very own Chalamet shirt from Mania, who, according to Vogue, first began painting Chalamet’s face after falling in love with the character of Elio, and the face-printed shirt the character wears in the movie’s final scene (y’know, the one where Elio is looking into the fire and crying).
The artist said he was unable to find the shirt from the scene online, so he decided to paint his own. This led to his painting shirts with Chalamet as Elio’s face on it. He showed the pieces to art collector and curator Xavier Solomon, a friend of Ivory’s, and the rest, it seems, is history.
Mania’s Instagram account is, as it turns out, full of portraits painted on dress shirts. His bio on the social media platform aptly includes the phrase: “Wear me on your shirt, and I’ll wear you on mine.”
So, assuming you have whatever presumably ludicrous amount of money Mania will charge (no word on that yet) at your disposal, you can streamline your version of the shirt so that boy wonder’s face appears in the colour of your choosing – Ivory’s was in a classy black; Mania’s latest, as shown on Instagram, was done in a bold royal blue.