Take a look at the films that defined the past 100 years of fashion
August 27, 2013 12:00 AM
Hot on the heels of The Great Gatsby, we take a look at the films that defined the past 100 years of fashion.
With flapper dresses bearing the Prada name and diamonds by Tiffany, Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby was as much about the fashion as it was the plot. Here, we round up nearly a century’s worth of iconic fashion flicks which managed to capture the style of their whole decade.
The 1920s The Great Gatsby (1974) The Great Gatsby barely scratched the surface of F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1920s-set novel, but Mia Farrow and Robert Redford dazzled in wardrobes of white, which symbolised their fabulous wealth – real people couldn’t wear these clothes for five minutes. An unknown menswear designer by the name of Ralph Lauren suited up Robert Redford and the male actors. Dhs55, available at www.amazon.com.
The 1930s Bonnie and Clyde (1967) There has barely been a fashion designer since who hasn’t put out a Bonnie and Clyde-inspired collection (it’s Kate Moss’s favourite film). In this tale of two 1930s outlaws in love, Faye Dunaway enjoys a killer fashion moment in those Left-Bank-chic-meets-dust-bowl-Texas berets and pencil skirts. Dhs26, available at www.amazon.com.
The 1940s Now, Voyager (1942) Decades before Ally Sheedy made the transformation from basket case to pretty girl in The Breakfast Club, Bette Davis got there first. In the melodrama Now, Voyager, Davis played frumpy spinster Charlotte Vale who discovers her self-worth when she finds her fashion mojo. Dhs50, available at www.amazon.com.
The 1950s Sabrina (1954) Audrey Hepburn’s first collaboration with the designer Hubert de Givenchy. Hepburn played Sabrina, who leaves for France as a chauffeur’s daughter and returns as a chic mademoiselle. Givenchy later admitted he only agreed to see Miss Hepburn at his atelier because he thought he would be meeting Katharine, not Audrey. Dhs55, available at www.amazon.com.
The 1960s Breathless (1960) Jean-Luc Godard changed cinema with Breathless. And Jean Seberg, playing an American student in love with a thug, inspired a million sweaters with her start-of-the-60s rebellious chic. No costume designer is credited on the film – Godard encouraged his actors to wear their own clothes. Dhs92, available at www.amazon.com.
The 1970s Annie Hall (1977) When it was released women rushed out to copy Annie Hall’s look – men’s shirts and boy’s tailoring. What they didn’t know was that Annie’s kooky cool came straight out of Diane Keaton’s own wardrobe. Woody Allen had to fight the costume lady to let her dress as she pleased. Dhs41, available at www.amazon.com.
The 1980s Desperately Seeking Susan (‘85) With a plotline involving mistaken identity, the mob and a case of amnesia, Desperately Seeking Susan is no masterpiece, but Madonna’s scrappy, vintage-shop style is a fashion tour de force. The film was shot before her songs made Her Madgeness an overnight star. Dhs63, available at www.amazon.com.
The 1990s Clueless (1995) ‘This is an Alaïa!’ pleads Alicia Silverstone as the dizzy Beverly Hills high-schooler Cher to the man who’s robbing her at knifepoint. ‘[He’s] like a totally important designer.’ Cher’s knee socks, mini skirt and matchy-matchy look makes ‘Clueless’ a ’90s style time capsule. The look is still popular around the world today. Dhs21, available at www.amazon.com.
The 2000s Fantastic Mr Fox (2009) Wes Anderson was on to a winner when he dressed rascally Mr Fox in a spiffily shrunken brown corduroy suit in the stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story. Anderson had his tailor in New York send the fabric samples, and designed Mr Fox’s wardrobe himself. The resulting design makes the fox an unlikely icon. Dhs32, available at www.amazon.com.