Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Fashionable Film: Style Through a Moving Lens

There’s only one thing that fashionistas love even more than shopping; fashion films! Whether it’s Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel or Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe, there’s something incredibly captivating about seeing our favourite actresses take centre stage, particularly when they’re playing our favourite style icons. Let’s take a look at some of the best fashion films from the past decade:

Coco Before Chanel

This wonderfully stylish film follows the early life of French fashion designer Coco Chanel and cites her humble beginnings as an orphan through to eventual success as the innovator behind the world’s most coveted fashion and beauty brand.

The film is set just before the first World War which is reflected in the set design and character outfits. For much of the film Coco (or Audrey Tautou who plays Coco) works as a struggling seamstress so the designers faced a challenge to make Coco look chic, yet poor. The result is androgynous hats, lace collars, plaid smock dresses and tweed.

My Week With Marilyn

Watching My Week with Marilyn, it’s easy to forget at times that Marilyn is being played by an actress, for Michelle Williams does such a good job of impersonating the star that the resemblance is positively uncanny. The audience are treated to 101 minutes of Monroe’s life, the highs, the lows, and of course, the outfits! 
Pillar box red lipstick, cat-eye sunglasses, figure hugging pencil skirts and waist clinching belts…Monroe captures the essence of the fifties in a way that makes the audience want to dive into a time machine and join her, if not for the rollercoaster lifestyle, then the incredible style.

Factory Girl

Sienna Miller leads us through the rise and fall of socialite and model Edie Sedgwick in the film Factory Girl. Factory Girl focuses on Sedgwick’s turbulent relationship with artist Andy Warhol and is set in the sixties. Sedgwick wears structured mini dresses, winged eyeliner, mink coats and statement earrings and though the film charts her ramshackle lifestyle, there is no denying Sedgwick was a true style icon.

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