Clueless and Our Collective Unconscious
Apr11

Clueless and Our Collective Unconscious

It’s surprising how Clueless wasn’t mentioned in the reviews post the release of Miuccia Prada’s Miu Miu’s 2010 Pre-Fall Collection. I live for watching movies and runway shows and spotting similarities, and Fashionista did eventually point out a Clueless reference in Miu Miu’s yellow plaid number à la Cher (played by Alicia Silverstone), but seeing as this is my favorite movie and having all of the...

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Influenced: Annie Hall, Menswear for Women in 2011 Spring RTW Collections
Mar08

Influenced: Annie Hall, Menswear for Women in 2011 Spring RTW Collections

The standout trends this Spring are pants, suits, and menswear inspired looks. Women have always been influenced by what they see on the big screen, but I think it’s safe to say that in this case, film fashion was definitely the original stimulator for what made these looks normal today. It was unheard of for women to wear anything other than skirts until the 1930s when actresses Marlene Dietrich and Katharine Hepburn made menswear...

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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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Influenced: Rocky, Gray Hoodies and Sweatpants
Jan13

Influenced: Rocky, Gray Hoodies and Sweatpants

Hollywood had a complete makeover in the 1970’s. There was a transition in the storytelling process, which had become more risqué. Studio executive Michael Medavoy wrote, “The seventies auteurs broke down the traditional approach to film narrative, told their stories from the anti-hero’s perspective, and delved into darker themes” (Landis*). There were not only economic reasons for leaving the Hollywood tradition of expensive movies...

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Influenced: Out of Africa, Safari Clothing
Jan11

Influenced: Out of Africa, Safari Clothing

Out of Africa (1985), directed by Sydney Pollack, is a bio-pic of the author Karen Blixen (who used the pseudonym Isak Dinesen) based on her memoir by the same name about the seventeen years she lived in Kenya in the 1910s (then British East Africa). Costume designer, and three-time Oscar winner, Milena Canonero has talked about the challenge of costuming this film from a research perspective. She relied heavily on Dinesen’s family...

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