As Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie has just made it’s debut, Empire Cinemas have carefully selected their top 10 fashion moments to come out of the movies, darling.
Eddie (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are predominantly known for their dopey yet hilarious friendship, but have also never shied away from making a quirky fashion statement. With fashionistas such as Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, and Jean Paul Gaultier also featuring in the film, there’s sure to be no shortage of style to add to these iconic moments.
1. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The chicest fashion moment to ever enter the zeitgeist; a Givenchy clad Audrey Hepburn, wielding a cigarette holder and Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses, is an enlighteningly sophisticated society girl. Author Truman Capote based the book’s character on Marilyn Monroe, and Hepburn epitomises 1961 complete with the infamous black clean-lined dress.
Taking up the school cool girl clique mantle from Heathers, Clueless was a sea of plaid, Alaia dresses and knee socks. Designed by Mona May, she succeeded in styling outfits which have coincidentally remained current over 20 years later. After the film’s release, these were accordingly only worn by the coolest girls.
65 costumes costing $194,800 meant Elizabeth Taylor’s wardrobe budget was the highest ever for a single screen actor. Trends such as arm cuffs, maxi dresses and the Cleo black kohl eye emerged after, highlighting a new dramatisation of bold eye makeup, despite the film nearly taking 20th Century Fox under.
4. The Seven Year Itch
That dress is one of Hollywood’s most potent symbols. Marilyn Monroe’s white halter neck once seen blowing up in the hot air from a Manhattan subway grid (although the film’s final shot is a studio one) last sold at auction for $4.6 million – clearly still one of Hollywood’s iconic dresses.
Olivia Newton-John’s fashion moment as “bad” Sandy saw her sewn into the world’s tightest trousers for the final scene of the film, as well as the iconic off-the-shoulder top which has re-emerged as a summer ’16 essential. Who’d have thought that cropped trousers and flowing A-line skirts would categorise you as cool as the Pink Ladies, representing true 50s fashion.
6. The Devil wears Prada
Fashion united for this take on life at Runway magazine, a thinly disguised parody of Vogue and its formidable editor Anna Wintour. Patricia Field, famed for styling Sex and the City, stepped in to use at least $1 million of clothing making the film the most expensively costumed in history.
7. Sex and the City
Stylist Patricia Field flies again in the movie version of the ever-popular series. While the four girls seem to have infinite budgets for their winsome wardrobes, designers were keen to lend to the film after eight years of the series. Vivienne Westwood made Carrie’s wedding dress while jeweller H. Stern lent over 300 pieces to the film.
8. The Great Gatsby 2013 vs The Great Gatsby 1974
In 1974 we had Mia Farrow all in white, wafting her way around the Jazz Age to win a Best Costume Design Oscar. In 2013, Catherine Martin took on the challenge as production and costume collaborator. She created a dazzling visual display using archive pieces from Prada and Miu Miu that were altered for the film’s look.
9. Blade Runner
Inspired by a mix of 1940s and Japanese fashion, Blade Runner definitely challenges the sci-fi costume stereotype. Zhora (Joanna Cassidy) is seen naked, encrusted with jewels and wielding a snake, as well as sporting a transparent raincoat. The shoulder-heavy suits are inspired by 1930s Hollywood Golden Age designer Adrian, whilst also presenting punk-rock style through dark smokey eye makeup.
10. Black Swan
Designer Amy Westcott worked on the costume design in this unsettling drama set in the world of ballet. Encrusted tutus and bejewelled tiaras work in a unique colour palette that is intended to show the evolution of Nina’s character. She also worked with fashion designers the Rodarte sisters on seven of the costumes.
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