In 1955’s The Seven Year Itch, Marilyn Monroe wore what became one of the most famous dresses of all time, designed by William Travilla, and paired with Ferragamo stilettos. Everlastingly imprinted on the brain is the image of that white halterneck, and Marilyn fighting to control the swirling skirt above the subway grating.
Heartbreakingly beautiful, broodingly sexy, bad boy Marlon Brando made an impact in On the Waterfront and a Streetcar Named Desire. He made the T-shirt, leather jacket and jeans a male fashion staple that is as relevant today as it was in the 1950’s.
Yves St Laurent dressed Catherine Deneuve in Belle de Jour, and she remained his muse for years. This dress is as stylish today as it was in 1967. Prim, proper, and elegant…the ideal attire for misspent afternoons.
In the early 70’s, Ralph Lauren was relatively unknown until he dressed Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in The Great Gatsby. In 1974, Ralph Lauren made history by dressing Diane Keaton for Annie Hall, putting her in manly clothes that somehow looked strikingly elegant. This set off a fashion trend for women to wear the boyfriend jacket and waistcoats, a trend that was hot again for Spring/Summer ’09.
Bonnie and Clyde, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, set off a trend for 1930’s fashion. Theodore Van Runkles’ costumes and Faye’s wonderful hair made this violent film fantastically watchable.
In 1984’s Desperately Seeking Susan, Madonna wore a highly visible bra, and suddenly underwear as outerwear was everywhere, a look still is worn today. Dolce and Gabbana, Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood still produce corsetry in clothing.
Michael Douglas in Wall Street symbolised the "greed is good" 80’s. With suspenders and huge stripes, the Yuppie was officially born, along with our love of excess that continued unabashed until the recent economic downturn.
The massive success of the blockbuster Sex in the City saw women everywhere striving to look like Carrie Bradshaw. While barely appearing to ever work, Carrie effortlessly accumulated an enormous shoe and designer wardrobe collection. We never found out her secret, which made her outfits even more fascinating.
Johnny Depp, who is a living fashion icon, starred in Pirates of the Caribbean and initiated another round of Pirate fashion. Not since the 1980’s with Adam Ant, has swashbuckling style been so stylish!
2006’s The Devil Wears Prada gave us Meryl Streep with stunning grey hair in severely chic and elegant clothes, while her younger underlings struggled to keep up. This was a serious fashion lady, helped by free clothes and a seemingly endless budget which made her look tremendous.
In Confessions of a Shopaholic, we saw the character Rebecca working hard and earning very little money, but determined to keep up to the minute. As an inspired shopaholic, a series of ecletic, whimsical, and original outfits ensued.
Bold contrasting colours, leopard skin, tartans, plaids, and chic monochrome outfits abound. Brilliant matching accessories such as flowers, gold metal belts, and pink fur boots in pink showed us that Rebecca is a girl who stands out as adventurous in her high fashion choices. The sheer exhilarating fun of her excessive style made her memorable and often copied. The film even has a Facebook application you can install to send favourite items to friends.
Coco Avant Chanel, a new film about the supremely elegant, achingly chic Madame Chanel is an inspiration to women everywhere.
Gabrielle is credited with inventing the little black dress, the sun tan for upper class women, multiple strings of pearls, and the eternal Chanel No. 5, which is still one of the world’s top perfumes.
The invention of the boxy short classic jacket, tailored dresses and trousers meant that women could, for the first time, appropriate men’s tailoring and make the look their own. This film will undoubtedly stoke Chanel fever all over again.