Films not only express the beauty in the way a director can film a location, or the way a screenwriter can create a plot and scene through words. But film can express so much more, they can create iconic fashion moments through iconic characters that continue to have a cult following. I picked my favourite and most iconic characters in film through their fashion…
White Christmas (1954)
Rosemary Clooney/Betty Haynes
After the successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and ultimately save the failing Vermont inn, there are numerous moments where you can fall in love with the classic 50’s petticoat and tiny waist image.
During the momentous and oh-so 50’s track, “Love You Didn’t Do Right By Me”, Betty embraces class and sophistication in a black shelled-neck dress, with her tiny waist and bedazzled gloves she stunned the audience with her sophistication.
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Gwenyth Paltrow/Margot Tenenbaum
Wes Anderson always produces a film with classicism and surrealism, however in the 2001 film about an estranged family of former child prodigies, reunited when their father announces he is terminally ill – fashion is the forefront.
Young Margot represent a minimal classy look that is iconic throughout the film. Simple straight bobbed hair ticked back with a pink clip, ankle-length faux creme fur coat and heavy black make-up – Margot represents everything angsty and beautiful in the film.
The Great Gatsby (1974)
Mia Farrow/Daisy Buchanan
We all know the story of The Great Gatsby, if you don’t I recommend you read the classic – with a Midwesterner becoming fascinated with his nouveau riche neighbour, who obsesses over his lost love – what isn’t there to love. The classic style of the 1920’s is reminiscent throughout the original version of the film – obsessive accessories, short flapper dresses and hats!
Mia Farrow, without the character, is an iconic fashion mule, but imbedded in the film she shows her beauty. Throughout the film she moves through the styles, with her lace flowing dresses that captivate the screen, to the wide-eyed beauty with pearl headpieces and short flapper dresses. She shows us class is not in the costume, but the character.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Urma Thurman/Mia Wallace
Cult-followed Pulp Fiction is one of the most iconic films of the century. With action, violence, romance and even more violence, Tarantino expresses the film through iconic characters such as Mia Wallace, Vincent and Jules. I mean who doesn’t want to do the dance with John Travolta?
Mia Wallace is an ultimate queen on style, class and bad-ass – her simple white collared shirt and ankle-length flared trousers she dominates the film with her character.
Jean Seberg/Patricia Franchini
How could you talk about fashion icons in films without a French film? Directed by Jean-Luc-Godard, the film is going to be a French masterpiece. A small-time thief steals a car and impulsively murders a motorcycle policeman. Wanted by the authorities, he reunites with a hip American journalism student and attempts to persuade her to run away with him to Italy.
Jean Seberg is my ultimate dream, with her short pixie cut, huge eyes and simple-yet-sophisticated style, she excels her years. Within the film they keep this character, with stripy long sleeves and pixie-cut she screams icon to me.
Other fashionable characters in films include: Bonnie + Clyde (1967)
Faye Dunaway/Bonnie Parker, Dr Zhivago (1965) Julie Christie/Lara, Pandora’s Box (1929) Louise Brooks/Lulu.