“Do you prefer "fashion victim" or "ensemble-y challenged"?”- iterates Cher Horowitz to one of her rivals at school. This, of course, is from one of the best teen movies Clueless. Fashion has been used in films to show the time, place and sometimes even the hearts of its characters. And some films have done this exceptionally well with their critically acclaimed costume designs. These are films we are going to talk about today!
Popular movies like The Devil Wears Prada have become a ritualistic watch for stylish besties, there are many others that you have missed out on! Fashion and films combined have overall become a pop culture essential. In this list, we have put together some of our picks of movies fashion featuring unparalleled costume design to take care of your fashion education.
Historical dramas based on a certain point of time in history make sure that the look of the film is right to achieve credible accuracy. The best way to do that: decor and fashion. Whether it is Keira Knightley’s viral Jacqueline Durran green dress in Atonement or Marie Antoinette’s resplendent gowns, this is one genre that seduces fashion lovers everywhere!
Back home, Indian cinema has given us many gems in artistic costume designs. Period films like Jodha Akbar, Bajirao Mastani and the upcoming Padmavat are a spectacle to behold. Regardless of the reviews or controversies surrounding the projects, the movies themselves are a feat in costume design.
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The heavily detailed texts available at the disposal of filmmakers and designers of book adaptations are an advantage. And the costume designers of films like Memoirs Of A Geisha and The Great Gatsby have certainly used that advantage. The pictures look like they were made real by just reading out the lines from their respective books!
Everybody is aware of the ‘Little Black Dress’ being a brainchild of Breakfast At Tiffany’s. But the rest of the outfits donned by Audrey Hepburn have gone down in history as fashion royalty as well. Another classic leading lady giving us androgynous fashion goals? Think Diane Keaton in Annie Hall.
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Musicals are bound to contain some of the best costume designs ever put to film. With their big musical numbers and based on the show business, films like Chicago and the more recently La La Land will give you a history lesson on the elusive stage style. Also, Emma Stone being all kinds of adorable with Ryan Gosling in the mix is a treat!
There aren’t many big commercial films based on the fashion industry or ones that derive heavily from it. Except for the teenage classic Clueless, that won hearts with its chic high school outfits. Whereas the modern The Devil Wears Prada has become a staple case study in fashion schools all over the world.
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Some of the most offbeat and eccentric costumes have been showcased in the fantasy fiction genre. Movies like Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and Alice In Wonderland will have you glued to the screen like an eight-year-old seeing fireworks for the first time! You can even refer to science fiction biggies like Star Trek and Mad Max for more indigenous costume designs.