Bad or good, my primary intention of catching a movie is almost always clothes-based. The prominence of costume design in any movie is crucial, as it helps bring the story to life, bringing reality to its environment that the actors/directors/cinematographers try to encapsulate on screen. In this little snippet, I’m bringing you guys some of my absolute favorite movies with costumes designed by well-known couturiers and your favorite fashion designers. Share away! 🙂

 

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

One of fashion’s most iconic films, one of the most memorable pieces in that movie is of course, Holly Golightly’s little black dress. Only that this little black dress isnt just an ordinary black dress, the entire ensemble was designed by good friend Hubert de Givenchy, yes THAT Givenchy. The dress was so iconic, that it was sold at an auction for a record 900,000 Euros (++). The dress was also noted as the most iconic costume in history, of which Hubert’s sleek design has cemented Audrey’s indellible look and status as a seminal figure in fashion.

 

Fun Fact: Givenchy also costumed her dresses in Funny Face and Sabrina with costume designer Edith Head!

 

The Fifth Element

Say what you want to say about possibly how horrible this movie is, whether if it is that vile character Ruby Rod or that weird Southern accent made by Gary Oldman as Zorg, the costumes are pretty out of this world, to say the least! Designer Jean Paul Gaultier is the costume designer for the movie and was in charge of all of the casts insane outfits along with more than 954 extras in this Luc Besson epic! Leeloo’s infamous bandage suit is one of the most well-known costumes replicated for comic cons and halloween ( seen above), and though this was released in 1997, I wont be surprised if this is the fashion of the future if it was envisioned by dramatist Gaultier himself.

 

Marie Antoinette 

Like any queen of decadence, Marie Antoinette isn’t complete without her trunk of delicious amount of shoes. Sofia Coppola knows exactly who would be the shoe couturier fit for a queen, Manolo Blahnik! He helped created these ruffly, candy adorb pieces for the 2006 biopic. Carrie-worthy?

 

The Black Swan

This chilling,cringe-inducing movie (that nail scene, ugh) didn’t manage to pull us away from marveling on the ballerina tutus. Bringing a slightly macabre tone to the usual pink-laden ballerina ensembles, the Rodarte designers Laura and Kate Mulleavy are the heads behind these delicate and gorgeous pieces. The sisters are close friends with main star Natalie Portman, and are also huge horror movie fans, which brings a lot of sense in the creation of the sinister pieces.

 

The American Gigolo

Before Pretty Woman, Richard Gere was someone’s Vivian Leigh in Los Angeles too! To bring the stylish,suave, Beverly Hills classy toyboy to life, suits designed by Giorgio Armani which were impeccably tailored were assigned on Gere’s character by costumer Bernadene C. Mann! This sartorial decision has sparked a fad in the 80’s on Italian tailored suits in the States, and bringing a whole new definition of sex appeal through donning a sleek pair of Giorgio Armanis on-the-go.

 

I Am Love

 

Relatively unknown movie to some, but if you are a fan of androgyny queen Tilda Swinton and you have not seen this movie yet, then YOU MUST! If not for the already intriguing storyline, (centers around the lives and tribulations of a haute bourgeois Milanese family who manages a fashion business), the costumes are just to die for. Costume designer Antonella Cannarozzi called Raf Simons who was previously with Jil Sander to dress up the charismatic Tilda Swinton for the role of this movie. To go fitting for the minimalistic clean pieces that go so well with Tilda’s character, the men’s wardrobe in the movie was also designed by a high profile designer, Silvia Venturini Fendi, who oversees Fendi’s accessories.

 

Barbarella

Serial blonde women monogamist Roger Vadim (heh) created this little masterpiece of a hyper-sexualized (soft porn?) campy sci-fi movie called Barbarella, starring a very young Jane Fonda in 1968. Set in space, the movie received very critical response and tanked in the cinemas, though years later it was revived and gained cult status. Much of it is credited to the otherwordly costume designs, created by Paco Rabanne. Despite the very skimpy and revealing outfits by Rabanne and oversexualized tone of the sexist comic-strip absorbed plotlines , the movie catapulted Jane Fonda’s status as both a sex icon and a feminist in her own right.

 

Annie Hall

One of the most iconic screen looks of all time was a real collaboration between Diane Keaton and Ralph Lauren. Annie Hall’s man’s tie was made by Lauren, with the brand receiving a huge rise in sales as women recreated the look. In her autobiography “Then Again”, Keaton writes that: “So I did what Woody said: I wore what I wanted to wear, or, rather, I stole what I wanted to wear from cool-looking women on the streets of New York. Annie’s khaki pants, vests, and tie came from them. I stole the hat from Aurore ClĂ©ment, Dean Tavoularis’s future wife, who showed up on the set of The Godfather: Part II one day wearing a man’s slouchy bolero pulled down low over her forehead. Aurore’s hat put the finishing touch on the so-called Annie Hall look. Aurore had style, but so did all the street-chic women livening up SoHo in the mid-’70s. They were the real costume designers of Annie Hall”.

 

Belle du Jour

Yves St Laurent’s iconic designs emphasize Catherine Deuneuve’s character’s secret double life, and brought out the star’s famous ice queen style and demeanour. In the film, Deneuve plays Severine, a doctor’s wife who is a prostitute by day, and the perfect housewife by night. Stylish Parisian flats, PVC trench coats, and snippets of delicate lingerie figure as hallmarks of Belle de Jour’s style. Together, Deneuve and YSL collaborated on films such as La Chamade (1968), Mississippi Mermaid (1969), Liza (1972) and The Hunger (1983).

 

Les Amants

Samuel Goldwyn reportedly splashed out a million dollars in 1931 to attract Coco Chanel to MGM as head costumier. With Palmy Days (1931), Chanel developed a technique still used today where costumes are remade in each scene to get the best shot. In Louis Malle’s ground-breaking classic, Jeanne Moreau plays the adulteress Jeanne Tournier, in a series of stunning Chanel dresses.  Chanel collaborated on several films including Jean Renoir’s La Regle du jeu, but wasn’t convinced by the Hollywood dream machine, observing that: “Hollywood is the capital of bad taste… and it is vulgar”.

 

A Single Man

Then Gucci fashion designer Tom Ford’s dazzlingly stylish cinematic debut featured Colin Firth as the mourning literature professor George Falconer, and was based on Christopher Isherwood’s novel of the same name. Costume designer Arianne Phillips worked with Tom Ford to create the film’s characteristically crisp, retro look. Ford’s stylistic tastes can be seen as an influence in the film, and he would later go on to design a range of sunglasses inspired by George’s in the film. (by the way, almost every frame in this movie is Instagram GOLD).

 

Source: Article partially lifted from http://grolschfilmworks.com/

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