Inspired by: Avatar’s Message and Color Palette, Jean Paul Gaultier
Jan31

Inspired by: Avatar’s Message and Color Palette, Jean Paul Gaultier

Avatar’s message is clear. There’s the obvious pro-environmental activism of the eco message and the underlying anti-imperialism message on the political side. Director James Cameron is clearly anti-corporate and against the oppressing forces of Western colonial subordination as he subtly criticizes the ever-present so-called “diplomacy” of the military and justification of its actions with the quote from Colonel Miles Quaritch “We...

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Inspired by: Alice in Wonderland, Donatella Versace
Jan28

Inspired by: Alice in Wonderland, Donatella Versace

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is my favorite book and Johnny Depp, Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter all in one package is enough to make my day, so suffice it to say I’m a little biased, but Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite films of 2010. At her Spring 2010 Ready-to-Wear show, Donatella told everyone backstage that she was inspired by Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. She was...

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Inspired by: Pirates, Jean Paul Gaultier
Jan25

Inspired by: Pirates, Jean Paul Gaultier

“On est tous pirates dans la mode, non? -Jean Paul Gaultier Ever since the first of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise came out in 2003, pirates have been everywhere. This film influenced retail fashion in a very big way. And not just how Jack Sparrow will influence Halloween fashion for generations to come, but pirates are literally everywhere and have been ever since this movie came out, from pirate-themed t-shirts in little...

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Influenced: Coco Chanel
Jan23

Influenced: Coco Chanel

When I think of Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, words that come to mind are iconic, innovator, influential, elegant, timeless, nonconformist… I could go on. Today’s post is dedicated to my sister, who told me that seeing film portrayals of Chanel’s life such as Coco Chanel (2008) and Coco Before Chanel (2009) helped her be even more inspired by Chanel’s vision, style, and modernist philosophy. The world of fashion was a man’s business, but...

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Influenced: Flashdance, 80’s Fashion
Jan20

Influenced: Flashdance, 80’s Fashion

The clothes of a movie can—and have—influence everyday dress codes the moment they are released. The look of Flashdance (1983) is definitely an iconic look of the 80’s and I don’t think I would be wrong if I said that this movie is the reason for legwarmers, leggings, leotards, and most of all, the cutoff off-the-shoulder sweatshirt being the look of that decade. But Flashdance’s costume designer Michael Kaplan did not create this...

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