June 29, 2015
Aside from amazing plot and cinematography, we often walk away from a movie inspired by certain character’s wardrobe. Here’s our list of the most stylish films through time (some you’ve probably forgotten about) that have given us closet envy.
Roman Holiday (1953)
Claim to fame: Princess Ann’s gown at the beginning of the movie made Audrey Hepburn a very convincing royal, and that midi-skirt and blouse combo always stays classic.
Rear Window (1954)
Claim to fame: Edith Head, the same costume designer as Roman Holiday, made Grace Kelly the style icon she is today. And that Hermés Kelly Bag though…
Claim to fame: Word out there is Oscar-winning Edith Head was furious when director Billy Wilder agreed to send a not-so-famous Audrey Hepburn to Paris to meet Cristóbal Balenciaga for a “real Parisian” dress instead of using one by Head. Apparently Hepburn was referred to his successor Hubert de Givenchy, marking the beginning of a lasting collaboration. Whether or not the collaboration started here or later in Funny Face, Hepburn would eventually become Givenchy’s muse.
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Claim to fame: Five words – Marilyn Monroe, white dress, wind.
Funny Face (1957)
Claim to fame: Those ravishing custom-made gowns by Hubert de Givenchy.
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Claim to fame: The film was an introduction of Italian fashion into the world with Marcello Mastroianni looking dashing in tailored suits and Anouk Aimée in two captivating LBDs and cat-eye sunglasses (worn even at night).
Claim to fame: Jean Seberg’s pixie cut and simple Parisian style make us want to go easy on the accessories.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
Claim to fame: That Givenchy LBD – need we say more?
Claim to fame: Elizabeth Taylor in a 24-carat gold cloth cape in the shape of a phoenix’s wings. And 65 other Oscar-winning costumes.
Belle de Jour (1967)
Claim to fame: Like Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy, Belle de Jour marked the start of a similar relationship between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent. Noted for its ‘classic modernity’, Saint Laurent managed to convince Deneuve against the then-trendy mini-skirts for the movie to remain timeless.
Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Claim to fame: Bonnie’s 30s-inspired printed scarves, cardigans and midi skirts.
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Claim to fame: Beaded drop-waist dresses and swinging pearls of the emancipated Jazz Age.
Annie Hall (1977)
Claim to fame: Diane Keaton in vintage menswear.
Claim to fame: The coordinated outfits of the Pink Ladies and Thunderbirds, and of course, Sandy’s smoking transformation – we’ve got chills.
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Claim to fame: Madonna’s 80s club-kid style.
Pretty In Pink (1986)
Claim to fame: Andie Walsh sure took “On Wednesdays we wear pink” to a whole new level. And grandma-style or not, we love her over-the-top vintage ensembles.
Famous for: Move aside Plastics, the original mean girls set the trends with printed, shoulder-padded blazers and voluminous hair.
Pretty Woman (1990)
Claim to fame: Marilyn Vance, the costume designer behind Pretty in Pink and Bonnie and Clyde takes Julia Roberts from 90s hooker-chic to rich man’s lover-chic.
Claim to fame: Cher Horowitz’s cute preppy outfits and dream virtual wardrobe (Alicia Silverstone, Iggy Azalea’s got nothing on you.)
Moulin Rouge! (2001)
Claim to fame: Nicole Kidman’s extravagant showgirl costumes.
Claim to fame: How could we forget this tongue-in-cheek satire on the fashion world? We mean, we’re pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.
Claim to fame: Audrey Tatou in simple and charming Parisian outfits.
Claim to fame: Flapper costumes and sultry prison-wear by Colleen Atwood.
Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)
Claim to fame: Colleen Atwood at it again – this time justifying the beauty and versatility of a kimono.
Factory Girl (2006)
Claim to fame: Sienna Miller’s vintage wardrobe and to-die-for Jimmy Choo black leather boots.
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Claim to fame: Who doesn’t love a good extreme makeover? With the privilege of the free clothes from work, Andy owns her new Chanel-embellished looks.
Claim to fame: 70s diva outfits.
Claim to fame: Keira Knightly in that notorious green gown.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Claim to fame: Oscar-winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne created the awe-inspiring collection of dresses for Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth Tudor.
Sex and the City (2008)
Claim to fame: Carrie Bradshaw changing the game with tulle skirts and Manolo Blahniks.
The Duchess (2008)
Claim to fame: Michael O’Connor moulds Keira Knightley into an 18th century fashion icon.
Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Claim to fame: Patricia Field, costume designer of Sex and the City, dresses up Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) in perfectly mismatched layers of Balenciaga, Louboutin and her favourite green scarf.
Black Swan (2010)
Claim to fame: Rodarte’s tutus. Everyone loves tutus.
Anna Karenina (2012)
Claim to fame: 50s couture-inspired costumes set in the 1870s, with all the ruffles cleaned out, on the ever-regal Keira Knightley.
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Claim to fame: Yes, we included both instalments. This version directed by Baz Lurhmann has the exaggerated extravagancies that bring the Roaring Twenties to new theatrical life, and serves as the inspiration for countless party themes.
The Bling Ring (2013)
Claim to fame: Recognisable luxury items you would see on celebrities in tabloids, but on Emma Watson and SoCal gang.
Claim to fame: Sharp suits for secret agents, who are first and foremost, gentlemen. Mr Porter even released a 60-piece Kingsman collection for the sartorial-minded man.
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Age of Adaline (2015)
Claim to fame: The perks of being stuck in time is getting outfits from the 40s through to today. It’s like time-machine shopping!