As a little girl, I always looked to the movies for inspiration on how I would look and act as a grown up. Whether it was Belle's buttercup yellow ballgown in Beauty In The Beast or Cher's coordinated skirt suits in Clueless, I always found myself feeling more creative after watching a film with fantastical costume design.
Now that I am (sort of) an actual grown-up, my sartorial love affair with the movies has yet to wane. No matter what I'm watching, I always find myself paying extra attention if the costuming is on-point, and if something is particularly eye-catching I'll watch it again and again and reference certain scenes when I'm dressing myself.
Since I am vowing to take more fashion risks this year, I figured I would share with you guys some of the films that are sticking in my brain as go-to style inspiration. Let's get started.
Almost Famous (2000)
I know I've mentioned it before, but Almost Famous never gets old. Betsy Heimann was the costume designer for this ode to the world of early '70s rock 'n' roll, and the woman has serious costuming cred — the suits in Reservoir Dogs and Uma Thurman's chic black and white ensemble in Pulp Fiction are thanks to her — but dressing the Band-Aids of Almost Famous is, in my opinion, where she truly shined.
In fact, she designed every single article of clothing in the film herself (except for everyone's jeans, which were thrifted). Yep, Penny Lane's famous shearling coat was made from a rug (!), the '20s and '30s-esque gauzy-have-to-be-antique-don't-they dresses were handmade and gosh, even all those glam platform shoes were commissioned from a shoemaker. All from designs from Heimann's amazing mind. Oh, to have such a budget and such free reign! I would die of happiness.
Almost Famous perfectly captures the blend of glam rock and bohemia that was bubbling over in the rock world in 1973, and all of the female characters are so uniquely stylish. Penny (Kate Hudson) with her mischievous, cherubic vibes in sheer cotton, witchy Sapphire (Fairuza Balk) with her black lace and rainbow feathers and Polexia (Anna Paquin) in uber-feminine floral prints and rose-coloured glasses, all capturing the energy of Pamela Des Barres and the other famous groupies of the era.
Belle de Jour (1967)
Belle de Jour is a late '60s drama directed by surrealist pioneer Luis Buñuel starring Catherine Deneueve as bored housewife Sevérine, who secretly fantasizes about experimenting with bondage and sadomasochism, which leads to her spending afternoons as a prostitute nicknamed Belle de Jour.
While this description might not immediately lead you to think this movie would offer much fashion inspiration, it's important to note that the majority of Deneuve's costumes were designed by Yves Saint Laurent, with shoes by iconic French footwear designer Roger Vivier. Sevérine's outward look is prim and proper — dresses with starched collars and cuffs and gorgeously tailored coats, all buttoned up over her über-feminine lingerie — white lace bras and garter belts with sheer nude stockings.
It's that contrast between the repressed, virginal costuming of Sevérine with the seductive secret life of Belle that keeps the look so fascinating — seeing the almost mannequin-like woman walk into the brothel with a perfectly lacquered updo one moment, then lying there the next with bedhead to die for and a cigarette between her manicured fingers. Belle de Jour proves that while our clothes might tell one story, it's what we do behind closed doors that's always the most intriguing. And man, YSL really knew how to make a dress.
American Hustle (2013)
Let me start off by saying that I don't like this movie at all. I found it to be incredibly boring and I still don't now how it ended, even though I watched the whole thing. But you know why I watched the whole thing? The clothes. Goodness gracious, the clothes. The slinky disco dresses! The furs! The hair! The cleavage!
I will watch (what I deem to be) a bad, boring movie if the people look great, and Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence looked great. I mean, a deep-V leather coat-dress thing? What is that? It's so good! Yes, please.
I'll tell you what, it makes my boobs look great. Thanks, Amy!
Do any of these looks pique your interest? Tell me all about the movies that have helped shape your own look!