Cinema is a powerful medium that blends the different elements of culture of society. Fashion is an integral element of any society. In the past, we’ve have seen some inspiring movies that had some memorable fashion moments. Some of them became so influential that they started a trend.
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No, we will not be talking about the biker jacket with custom back patches of Tom Cruise that he wore in Top Gun nor we will discuss the macho look of Brad Pitt in Fight Club. This listicle will only mention the classiest and chicest pieces of clothing that was shown on in a movie. Let’s check them out:
- Julia Roberts Looks Chic in Polka Dots and Leather Boots in Pretty Woman
This 1990 flick had some iconic fashion moments. The movie starred the two legendary actors Richard Gere and Julia Roberts who set fire on the screen with their fiery chemistry. However, it was Julia Roberts who stole the show with her knack of style in this romedy that revolved around the story of two lovers.
The highpoint of the movie is the scene where Julia Roberts is seen wearing a polka dot in while she was watching a polo match. And there was a scene when Gere and Roberts strolled on the road wearing the famous thigh-high leather boots. The scenes were the defining moments of the film.
- Heather Duke Makes a Style Statement with The Crunchy in Heathers
Checkered blazers, colored tights, collared shirts and pleated skirts, yes we are talking about the coterie of girls in the Heathers. The chic clothing was the reason that the teenagers just loved this film. The highlight of the film was when Heather Duke took off the red crunchy of her schoolmate and put it on her hairs. That was really cool!
- Richard Gere Wears Exquisite Armani Suits in American Gigolo
American Gigolo was the film that introduced the Hollywood to Giorgio Armani. The collaboration was significant for Amani who was still not in the league of A-listers and was setting his feet in the fashion industry. The film launched his label and in the Hollywood and gave him the much needed boost.
American Gigolo starred Richard Gere who looked dapper wearing the exquisite Armani suits that made him look extremely elegant and sophisticated. The scene where he goes through his closet to find the best suit truly defines the attitude of a man with a high taste in fashion. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t love the bomber jackets with custom made patches of Armani. But that’s a different story.
- The 1920s Look of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey in The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby was set on the era of 1920s when Jazz music was at its zenith. The production designer Catherine Martin collaborated with Prada to design outfits to recreate the 1920s look and she did it like a pro. The many suits wore by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire captured the look of the 1920s and made the characters look real and believable.
It is certainly the most iconic films which captured many moments from the 1920s fashion. The film won the Oscar trophy for the best costume design.
- The Green Gown Suit of Vivien Leigh in Gone with The Wind
Gone with The Wind is a masterpiece from the David O. Selznick who is regarded as one of the best films in history of Hollywood. Part of the success of the film is associated with its elaborate costumes that were designed by Walter Plunkett.
The best parts of the films were the scenes where Vivien Leigh is seen wearing the couture-made suits and lavish, cinch-waist skirt gowns. And who can forget the moment when Scarlett made the green gown suit from the curtains. It was epic.
- The Killer Charm of Grace Kelly in Rear Window
Edith Head brings the best out of her craft in costume design in this classic by Alfred Hitchcock. The film began her collaboration with Hitchcock who hired her to do the costumes for most of his films. Grace Kelly breathed life to the Lisa Carol Fremont wearing those swish skirts and close-fitting tops.
The pearl necklace, elbow-length gloves and Hermés bag added an air of elegance in her character. We can’t single out one scene in Rear Window as one moment of the movie as Grace Kelly wooed the audience in every shot. She personified the charm of Lisa Carol Fremont from top to bottom.
- Harrison Ford Wears Fedora Like a True Swag in Raiders of the Lost Ark
It was the imagination of the genius Steven Spielberg and the gravitas of Harrison Ford that made Harrison Ford look like a dapper in the character of Indiana Jones. For the look of Indiana Jones, it was all fedora. Remove the hat from his character and he is gone. That’s why, he risked his life to fetch his hat in the famous scene where he grabbed his hat inside the cave in a nick of time.
The success of Raiders of the Lost Ark resurged the trend of Fedora and the hat was back in fad during the 1980s and it is still the hottest hat for a man.
- Elizabeth Taylor in The Famous ‘Egyptian-Inspired’ Look in Cleopatra
Cleopatra is one film that is considered the turning point of the career of Elizabeth Taylor and made her big in Hollywood. The popularity of her character owes to the maxi dresses, arm cuffs and snake rings that were called the ‘Egyptian-inspired’ look.
Her 24-karat gold suit that she wore while sitting on the throne is the most expensive outfit ever made for an actor. The lavish costume significantly increased the budget of the film and is unquestionably the highpoint of the film. Cleopatra got an Academy Award for the best costume design.
- The Ruby Shoes in The Wizard of Oz
The Wizard of Oz is inspired from the L. Frank Baum’s novel that was released in 1900 and was a best-seller at that time. It is considered a classic in history of American literature. In the novel, the protagonist Dorothy Gale wore shiny silver shoes that had the magical powers. When the novel was adapted in the film, the shoes were shown in the shiny red colors and they instantly became the attention of the fashion critics who dubbed it the ‘Ruby Shoes.’
The shoes are now part of the film memorabilia and are kept in National Museum of American history. Just a factoid: Lady Gaga owns a pair of Ruby shoes.
- Audrey Hepburn Flaunts the Little Black Dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s
When Audrey Hepburn wore the little black dress in the Breakfast at Tiffany’s, it instantly grabbed attention of the fashion critics who praised the Givenchy for such an impeccable piece of clothing. It was indeed a perfect outfit for the character of Holly Golightly who was a preppy socialite.
The little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s was the first time when black color got a recognition in the fashion industry. The immense popularity of the dress made it the most wanted dress of the 1960s. And its popularity didn’t stop there as it is still considered a precious asset in the closet of every woman.
And that’s. We hope you liked these cinematic moments that popularized a fashion trend and set new standards of style.
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