Film was probably one of the biggest influences in my early life when it came to fashion. To this day movies inspire my personal style and my photo shoots. So here are a few of my favorite fashion films.
Sabrina 1954 and 1995 versions
-Both available on streaming Netflix-
I have to be honest… I saw the first Sabrina with Audrey Hepburn after I saw the 1995 version with Julia Ormond. So for many reasons the re-make holds a special place in my heart.
For the 1954 version Audrey Hepburn was actually sent to Paris by the studio to meet with Hubert de Givenchy. He helped her select outfits fit for a chic, young woman recently returned from Paris. Together with a lovely poodle named David. However, Edith Head was credited with the costumes for the film and actually won the Oscar.
Now to the remake… there is a very particular reason this version is so special to me. This movie lit the fire that is my love for Paris. The moment I saw this movie for the first time I immediately had an obsession with Photography and Paris. Watching Sabrina wonder around Paris and “find herself” was magical, and to see her wardrobe transformation was something I never forgot. Ultimately, when Sabrina returns from Paris after a two year stint working for Paris Vogue, she is transformed. She is smart, confident, and chic. Her wardrobe is nothing short of everything that was amazing in 1990’s fashion.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
-Available on streaming Netflix-
Yes, I know… Another Audrey film. But you simply can’t make a list of influential fashion films without this iconic film being on the list. Again Edith Head was the supervising costumer and Hubert de Givenchy provided the stunning wardrobe for Audrey Hepburn. I have a fashion lust list…Two of my lust items are the Tortoise Shell “Manhattan” sunglasses by Oliver Goldsmith, and her wide brim black hat. How can you not love them?
The Great Gatsby (2013)
This is one of my favorite movies of late, and it also happens to be one of my favorite books of all time. Catherine Martin shows just how brilliant she is yet again! She also was the costumer for Moulin Rouge. To live in this woman’s imagination would be spectacular! Everything about this film is visually stunning. The costumes while not entirely accurate for the time, feed our imaginations with how we think the roaring 20’s should be. It’s a fantasy, and we are perfectly happy to live in that world.
Funny Girl (1968)
Irene Sharaff created Barbra Streisand’s beautiful costumes for this film. Another one of my lust list items is from this film. At one point in the film Barbra Streisand turns to a mirror wearing a stunning leopard print coat and hat… she looks at herself and says, “hello gorgeous”. A line she is now very famous for. To have that coat and hat… I might never take it off. The rest of the film is a beautiful concoction of imaginative clothing that is as much a part of Fanny Brice as Streisand herself.
Gosford Park (2001)
Holy 1930’s perfection! This movie fueled my obsession of everything 1930’s when it came out. I have been a huge fan of Costumer Jenny Beavan for as long as I can remember. Everything about her costumes in this movie will make you want to dress for dinner, go to a fabulous house party, and solve a murder mystery. I can’t say enough about these costumes… you will just have to watch and fall in love.
Though not a movie…
The Miss. Fisher Murder Mysteries
(Seasons 1 and 2 available on streaming Netflix)
This mini series boasts a budget of over $1 million dollars for costumes alone! Set in 1920’s Melbourne, The Honorable Phryne Fisher solves murders with her lovable sidekick Dot (Dorothy), and the dashing Inspector Detective Jack Robinson. Phryne is smart, confident, and has a wit as sharp as the dagger she hides in the top of her stocking. After an episode or two you will be hooked!