Some of the most famous films in the history of cinema have costumes made by famous designers
The partnership between fashion and cinema it is narrower than you might think. Costumes in fact represent a fundamental part in film productions, so much so that they also have a prize dedicated to Oscar. A suggestion made of fabrics and colors, which on the big screen amplifies the ego of the characters, and helps to make the film more real and real. If on the one hand Hollywood can count on a substantial number of costume designers, there is a more niche reality in which to create the stage clothes are big names in couture, designers like Coco Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent is Pierre Balmain, who with their art have contributed to making an unforgettable film. From the little black dress that Hubert de Givenchy designed for Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, to the metal mesh space uniforms of Paco Rabanne worn by Jane Fonda in Barbarellahere movies with costumes made by famous designers.
Too many like it (1956) – Pierre Balmain
Too many like it, also known as And God created the woman, is a film of Roger Vadim with protagonists Brigitte Bardot is Jean-Louis Trintignant. Juliette, played by Bardot, is a beautiful and sensual, independent and uninhibited woman who, after leaving the orphanage in which she lived, finds herself in a small fishing village on the French Riviera, creating havoc in the peaceful and peaceful life of the inhabitants . To dress her increasing her fame as an international sex symbol is Pierre Balmain, who for her creates hourglass dresses, soft but tight skirts at the waist and large shirts with a masculine cut worn as clothes. The film has become iconic, and so much fame has been gained that the French village in which it was shot, at the time almost unknown, is today among the most popular tourist destinations in the world: Saint Tropez.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) – Hubert de Givenchy
With Breakfast at Tiffany’s, director Blake Edwards created the myth of Audrey Hepburn. Based on the novel of the same name Truman Capote, the film follows the story of Holly Golightly, a girl who aspires to a life of luxury and ease, hoping for the luck of a marriage of interest. Refined, elegant, and viveur par excellence, the figure of Holly is made even more legendary by the clothes of Hubert de Givenchy. The couturier, with whom Hepburn will make a long and sincere friendship, is in fact the architect of famous little black dress which appears in the first scene of the film, in which Holly – brioche and cappuccino in her hand, sunglasses and flashy jewels – walks in a New York still asleep to have her breakfast in front of Tiffany’s windows.
Last year in Marienbad (1961) – Coco Chanel
How can you enhance the beauty and texture of a dress in a black and white film? To answer is Coco Chanel, who in 1961 created the costumes for the film by Alain Resnais Last year in Marienbad, with the beautiful Delphine Seyrig. Feathers, chiffon and brocade reveal their textures even in the absence of color, focusing on the importance of volume, lightness and movement. Taken from the work Morel’s invention of Adolfo Bioy Casares, the film is set in a sumptuous palace in Bavaria, where a theatrical evening turns into a nostalgic journey into the memory of the protagonist.
Beautiful by day (1967) – Yves Saint Laurent
That between Catherine Deneuve is Yves Saint Laurent it was one of the most famous ties between muse and artist in the history of fashion. In his masterful interpretation of Séverine in Beautiful by day of Luis Buñuel, Deneuve sports a wonderful fully signed wardrobe Saint Laurent: sheath dresses, bell-cut coats, clean lines and sober and elegant designs characterize the character’s style, as ambiguous as it is fascinating. A year after her wedding, Séverine is trapped in boredom and repression of desire, who spends her afternoons in a closed house meeting men with the nickname Bella di Giorno. Among the Buñuel cinema posters, the film won the Leone D’Oro in the 32nd Venice International Film Art Exhibition.
Barbarella (1968) – Paco Rabanne
After Brigitte Bardot, director Roger Vadim directs a beautiful Jane Fonda in the movie Barbarella, where the actress plays a 41st century astronaut who travels through space in search of a missing scientist. Create costumes that they had futuristic aesthetics but at the same time primitive to accentuate Barbarella’s uninhibited personality, it was a company that required the genius of a visionary and revolutionary designer: Paco Rabanne. For Jane Fonda rigid and sculptural bodices were created, modeled on the actress’s body. There is no shortage crop tops and miniskirts in metal mesh, the emblem material of the house, which was combined with knee boots with high plateau.
Maîtresse (1976) – Karl Lagerfeld
With Gérard Depardieu is Bulle Ogier, the film by Barbet Schroeder tells the life of the dominatrix Ariane, initially overwhelmed by a whirlwind of lovers, who instead discovers the feeling thanks to the meeting with Olivier. To draw the stage costumes is Karl Lagerfeld, which takes inspiration frombondage clothing. There are many tight-fitting latex garments, bustiers and long leather gloves, in a lively reinterpretation of female sexuality. In honor of the designer who passed away in 2019, Silvia Venturini Fendi, who worked alongside Lagerfeld for years, honored him in the fall winter 2021 fashion show of the Roman maison, bringing his team to a private viewing of the film before the show.
American Gigolo (1980) – Giorgio Armani
Directed by Paul Schrader, American Gigolo is a film that shaped the men’s fashion ideal of the 80s and 90s. Con Richard Gere in the role of the gigolo Julian Kay and a beautiful one Lauren Hutton, the film has an exceptional costume designer: Giorgio Armani. He was responsible for the elegant guardoroba of the protagonist, with tailored suits, camel coats, white linen trousers and light shirts. The colors are neutral, blue, white, gray, black, in pure Armani style. The success of the film and costumes has been so great that for many years the men’s suit sported by Richard Gere has been renamed as “American Gigolo suit”.
Romeo + Juliet (1996) – Prada
Baz Luhrmann has made one of the most successful adaptations of the Shakespearean tragedy, comparable in film and artistic value only to the version of Franco Zeffirelli 1968. Leonardo Dicaprio is Claire Danes interpret “Lovers born under adverse stars”, catapulted from the picturesque sixteenth-century Italy to a wild and postmodern Verona Beach, traced on the profile of a Miami 90s. At the classic opulence of the European courts, Luhrmann chooses the chic minimalism of Miuccia Prada, who not only designs Juliet’s romantic outfits for the film, including thewhite dress with angel wings which marks the first and fatal encounter with Romeo, but also that of his lover, in shirts with three-quarter sleeves, psychedelic prints and navy aesthetic outfits.
I am the love (2009) – Raf Simons for Jil Sander
Luca Guadagnigno he is a skilled narrator of intimate and secret love, a quality that has earned him international success thanks to Call me by your name (2017) with Timothée Chalamet is Armie Hammer. In I am the love, Tilda Swinton plays Emma Recchi, a woman dissatisfied with her marriage, who eclipses herself to respect the role of mother, wife and perfect hostess. His whole world is shocked by the encounter with the chef Antonio, from whom a deep and overwhelming love is born. Unable to fully manifest her feelings, Emma expresses herself through clothing, created for her by Raf Simons for Jil Sander. Scarlet, marc, burgundy – the shades of red follow each other like messengers of a dormant but never disappeared passion, declining on elegant sheath dresses and combined with bags of Hermès – transforming a dress into a dimension in which to escape.
The black Swan (2010) – Rodarte
Psychological thriller in which mania and obsession develop on the notes of a fairy tale Tchaikovsky, The black Swan it is complex and beautiful at the same time. With the direction of Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, the film follows the events of a classical dancer, Nina Sayers, gifted with a great artistic talent but at the same time shocked by personality disorders. Chosen as the new first dancer of her company, Nina is called to play Odette, princess de Swan Lake. A fairy tale that turns into a vortex of psychosis and hallucinations, in which the candor and the goodness of white swan alternate with the wickedness of black Swan, on the stage as in Nina’s mind. To create the wonderful costumes of Natalie Portman are Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founding sisters of the brand Rodarte, to whom we owe Portman’s stage clothes as well as the beautiful ones tutu, one white and one black, worn by the protagonist.