Over the past decade, movies have become an important source of fashion inspiration, with films creating trends and influencing stylesetters around the world
Films have the power to shape fashion trends and showcase diverse cultures. Crazy Rich Asians brought Asian glamour to the screen, while In the Heights celebrated Latin fashion. These movies prove that fashion and film are a match made in heaven, inspiring creativity and self-expression for fashion lovers worldwide. Here are just a few examples of modern movies that have had a major impact on fashion.
The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, is a visual extravaganza that oozes 1920s glamour and extravagance. The movie’s wardrobe design by Catherine Martin is multi-talented and includes intricate beadwork, pearls, and feathered headbands for the ladies, and bold patterned three-piece suits and iconic fedoras for the gents. The film has sparked a vintage fashion revival since its release, inspiring a new generation of fashionistas and designers who have fallen in love with the era’s style.
The novel that took the Asian world by stylish storm, Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians adapted by Jon Chu presents stunning fashion from Asian designers and has become a symbol of diversity in the industry. The film’s costume designer, Mary E. Vogt, went above and beyond to ensure that every character’s outfit reflected their unique personality and culture, while also showcasing the fashion of the region. From traditional Asian clothing to high-end couture, the wardrobe was a feast for the eyes that left audiences drooling and fashion enthusiasts scrambling to recreate the looks.
Ocean’s 8 is not just a heist movie, it’s a fashion show. Costume designer Sarah Edwards worked with Vogue and the Met Gala to bring a wardrobe that was both practical and stylish to the film. She brought to life the high-fashion world of New York City with a wardrobe that oozed glamour, sophistication, and of course, a bit of thievery. From Sandra Bullock’s chic rebellion to Cate Blanchett’s edgy experimentation and Rihanna’s cool street style, the film’s ensemble cast rocked a wardrobe that made us want to rob a museum in style. Ocean’s 8 has inspired fashion enthusiasts to add daring looks to their wardrobes and dream of pulling off a heist in haute couture.
Black Panther not only saved the world in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the film also saved fashion from the boring, cookie-cutter superhero suits we’ve grown accustomed to. Costume designer Ruth E. Carter unleashed Wakanda’s fashion secrets with an Afrofuturistic wardrobe that was as colorful and regal as a royal coronation. The movie’s fashion-forward outfits reflected a celebration of African heritage, from the bold African textiles to the intricate jewelry that made fashion lovers everywhere fall head over heels. More importantly, Black Panther became a symbol of empowerment for the African diaspora, inspiring a fashion revolution that showcased the beauty of their culture and put a spotlight on designers who deserve more recognition in the industry. It proved that fashion can be a powerful tool for representation and empowerment, and for that, we say Wakanda forever.
Little Women by Greta Gerwig boasts stunning 19th-century costumes by designer Jacqueline Durran. The outfits embody the personalities of the March sisters: with Jo’s tomboyish looks, Meg’s classic and feminine attire, Beth’s cozy and comfortable fabrics, and Amy’s ornate and detailed outfits. The vintage charm mixed with modern touches prove that fashion can be timeless and reflective of character, even if it requires more effort than sweatpants.
In the Heights showcases the vibrant and colorful world of Latin culture through its dazzling costumes, reflecting the community’s unique fashion sense and individuality. The film has inspired a fashion revolution, fusing traditional Latin fashion with modern trends and encouraging the youth to embrace their heritage through their wardrobe choices. The film has brought a new level of energy and flavor to the fashion scene, proving that fashion can be as spicy and vibrant as the Latin community itself.
Movies have become a runway for fashionistas. As the entertainment industry keeps evolving, it will be interesting to see how these works of art influence fashion in the future. Films have turned into a visual treat with awe-inspiring wardrobes, making them more than just a story. With every new film, fashion trend, and character wardrobe, we are reminded of the boundless potential for self-expression and creativity, proving that art has the power to motivate and change our world.
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