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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Inspired by: The Birds, Michael Kors
Jan18

Inspired by: The Birds, Michael Kors

Everyone seems to be going Mad Men for the fifties and sixties lately, Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton collection and Miuccia Prada’s were among my favorites this past Fall. But back in 2008, even though Mad Men might have been on Michael Kors’ mind when he designed his ready-to-wear collection, it was from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) where he got most of his inspiration. The Birds‘s costume designer Edith Head’s biggest...

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Inspired by: Elsa Schiaparelli, Dolce & Gabbana
Jan15

Inspired by: Elsa Schiaparelli, Dolce & Gabbana

“The film fashions of today are your fashions of tomorrow.” Schiaparelli January 15th is the unofficial hat day in the States and to celebrate this day I decided to feature couturier Elsa Schiaparelli. In the 1930s, this Italian-born Paris-based designer had a reputation for creating daring and innovative accessories, but her hats were what made the biggest impact as far as her accessories were concerned. She used bold colors, unusual...

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Inspired by: My Fair Lady, Ralph Lauren
Jan05

Inspired by: My Fair Lady, Ralph Lauren

I love, love, love My Fair Lady, so it’s only fitting that it should be my first post. It’s one of my favorite Hollywood musicals of all time not only because the Edwardian costumes and scenery are beautiful to look at – thanks to the brilliance of Cecil Beaton, who won Oscars for both the costume design and the production design for this film – but also for its witty dialogue, delicious lyrics and satiric humor – the result of one of...

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