A life cut short through loss, betrayal leading to imprisonment and finally execution doesn’t fill me with positivity.
There have been a many depictions of Mary Stuart in film from Katharine Hepburn in Mary Queen of Scotland (1936) to Das Herz der Königin (The Heart of the Queen) (1940) a 1940’s German interpretation which saw Zara Leander in a historical musical role, yet one of the aspects of the movies that abide (majoritively) to the sixteenth century fashions also find themselves seeping into the creations of luxury designers.
I was brought up in a family where the Bond films were predominant on the television form Dr. No (1962) to Spectre (2015). Cinema trips would be organised when a new Bond film is released and the broadcasting of the films in the franchise would be enjoyed throughout the year.
Over the years there are films that have given us great fashion viewing, some famously popular and some that have received less acclaim. The following titles are but a few that have offered great outfits, interesting plots and complex protagonists.
Holly Golightly & Paul Varjack
Lets start off with a classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) where Holly Golighlty (Audrey Hepburn) and Paul Varjack (George Peppard) meet when Varjack moves into the same apartment block. The iconic sheath little black Givenchy dress that hugs Hepburn’s slender figure made of Italian satin epitomizes her character. Hepburn was famously a friend of Hubert de Givenchy, however it was Edith Head that assisted with costume support on the movie and had to re-design the dress for screen as the original showed too much leg. Read more
One of my earliest memories with regards to film is when I was allowed to see Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992) in which Michelle Pfeiffer played the awkward bullied secretary to Max Shrek (Christopher Walken) who is pushed to her death and is reborn thanks to a clowder of felines into Catwoman. Most audiences would be focused on the remarkable transformation of Pfeiffer into her anti-hero, I was however transfixed on her wardrobe designed by Mary Vogt.
Numerous models have transitioned from the runway into the movie world…
From the outset modelling offers many opportunities to meet fabulous designers, walk the runways of Milan, Paris, New York and London and even acting. And no I am not talking about acting in the way that the Kardashians do for the camera I mean actually trained creating interesting and enjoyable movies.
Taking direction from the likes of Grace Jones and Twiggy the models below show that they are more than a pretty face and fierce walk.
Sandwiched between two radical novels The Catcher in the Rye (1951) and On the Road (1957) that focus on challenging contemporary ideals. Rebel Without a Cause epitomized the adolescent angst through refuting the conservative social constructs of middle class America during the 50’s.
Costume designer Moss Mabry fashioned Jim Stark’s (James Dean) iconic look as a symbol of individuality which quickly spiked across America as teenagers were given a wire frame wardrobe by which to emulate their hero.