A cinematic masterpiece is a voluptuous summation of several components: a strong story or plot; an engaging script to be delivered by a powerful cast; musical score, shoot locations, production design, and even costumes that help authenticate every scene.
While a great many films are praised for their plum screenplay and convincing characterization, there are also those recognized for what the characters wear, hence Costume Design awards are given. And then there are also those scenes from films that capitalize so much on wardrobe that the wardrobe alone is fashionable to the hilt and ultimately breathtaking.
Here are some of the most memorable stylish mementos in analogue cinema.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The 1961 screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s novel stars Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly, a high-class escort living in New York. And even if she is an escort, she dresses as classy as one can get. The film immortalizes Audrey Hepburn, the little black dress, and the LBD+gloves+ tiara+coifed hair pearls+cigar holder ensemble shown in this photo, that many have tried to imitate.
Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 debut film about a fashion photographer has the swingin’ sixties in London all figured out. In the midst of a murder mystery are mod mini dresses and spacy jumpsuits donned by beautiful actresses and a real-life sixties ubermodel.
Woody Allen’s American romantic comedy stars Diane Keaton in the eponymous role of a twice-divorced comedian’s (played by Allen) new love interest. Annie Hall’s baggy trousers, vintage men’s pieces, and fedora hats were such a hit. The menswear-inspired outfits quickly became part of many a women’s fashion bible after the film’s release.
Bonnie and Clyde
Starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in their portrayal of two of America’s most notorious outlaws, the Oscar-winning film on the life of Bonnie Elizabeth Parker and Clyde Chestnut Barrow was a delectable stew of robberies, gunshots and car chases, sprinkled with flavorful 1930s inspired fashion. You’ll love the knits, tweed, and the beret. Being outlaws has never been as glamorous.
La Dolce Vita
The 1960 comedy drama by Federico Fellini tells the story of a journalist’s week-long stay in Rome, and his attempts at enjoying the sweet life (English translation for La Dolce Vita). It won the won the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival and an Academy award for Best Costume.
That scene where Anita Ekberg, in her role as a starlet named Sylvia, emerges from the Trevi Fountain wearing a black dress after sharing steamy moments with Marcello Mastroianni has been touted as one of the most memorable—-and stylish—- moments in film history.
The Seven Year Itch
The 1955 American romantic comedy spawned yet another iconic movie moment: the one where Marilyn Monroe stands by a subway gate as her white dress is blown by a passing train. The billowing white halterneck dress has become an icon all on its own.
These are only a few of the many films with jaw-dropping fashion-forward scenes. These still photos exemplify the stylish and sophisticated components that involved in producing a full-length motion picture. The list is long, and we’ll share more from this roster next week.