Fashion and film have always shared a symbiotic relationship.
Films like “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Coco Before Chanel” are based on the fashion world, and style plays a major role in the movies. Oftentimes, film costume inspires real-life fashion trends. Some fashion influences have lived short lives as fads, while others have gone on to become iconic fashion statements like these five fashion moments in film.
Holly Golightly’s LBD
The little black dress might have been a style that originated in the 1920s but it was Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” who made it iconic. The simple black dress with the elegant string of pearls made it a style called basic black, which has since made the LBD synonymous with the classics. The black dress, as designed by Hubert de Givenchy, has been called the most famous little black dress of all time.
The casual takeover originated in the 1980s, and popular media certainly influenced the style of the time. It was Flashdance in 1983 that inspired a generation to cut up their oversized sweatshirts and slip on leg warmers with Keds. In an era of power-dressing, Flashdance fashion fell at the other end of the spectrum, as extreme casual.
Fashion in film isn’t only for women. John Travolta as Danny Zuko in “Grease” had a female fan following that swooned over him but an equally impressive male fan following who spent hours greasing their hair to copy the hairstyle. “Grease” made the black leather jacket and duck tail hairstyle popular with rebellious young men of this period.
You can recreate the iconic greaser look with a leather vest, boots and a classic white tee.
A few years later, a pair of Ray-Ban aviators became the must-have accessory for every man after Tom Cruise wore them in “Top Gun.” So much was the effect of the aviator craze that sales of the brand rose by 40 percent in the seven months after the movie released. Maverick with his aviators gave The Air Force a glamorous appeal and became a symbol of masculinity to all young men of the late 80s and the 90s.
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Cher’s Best Look
The most fashionably popular movie of the 90s was of course, “Clueless.” Alicia Silverstone gave the yellow plaid skirt a moment to shine as she walked down her high school hallways. The movie made girls drop their jaws as Cher picked out an outfit from her massive closet with the help of her computer—we can only dream of having a closet like that.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make your own yellow plaid skirt.
Other fashionable moments include Marilyn Monroe’s white dress flaring up above a subway vent in “Seven Year Itch.” The image has since become almost as famous as Marilyn Monroe herself. And then there’s Carrie’s wardrobe from “Sex and the City.” Her walk-in wardrobe, lined with Manolo Blahnik pumps, is to die for. It’s moments and influences like these that prove fashion and film can never be too far apart.
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