In between fashion shows, changing seasons and trending outfits, there’s a pinch in every fashion girl’s boot to outgrow the old and make way for the new. Well, we could all do with some help from these shape-shifting, hemline- changing movies that redrew fashion maps. So, if you’re looking for some inspiration, hit play now!
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Audrey Hepburn plays a call girl in this classic film that set the trend for the iconic black dress. Designed by Hubert de Givenchy, Hepburn wears a black sheath dress with a low back, styling it once with pearls and once with a white scarf. A second black, midi dress with frills made noir a favourite. She also aces sleepwear in a man shirt, a likely predecessor to the boyfriend look.
Devil Wears Prada
This movie should be on a checklist for every stylist for when you’re facing a stylist’s block. The Devil Wears Prada is not a trendsetter in terms of new fashions but what it does do is take popular fashion and create a look out of each that blows your mind. This movie will show you how a belt can change an outfit and layered accessories can lift up a white shirt or LBD.
If you’re a fashionista prepping for her wedding, Jodhaa Akbar will inspire you in the department of period and costume garments. Whether it is new colour combinations you seek for your trousseau, or simply a how-to on mixing and matching different fabrics and heavily embroidered pieces to achieve an overall delicate look, this movie has you covered from head to toe.
Coco Before Chanel
A movie that details Coco Chanel’s rise to fashion royalty is inspiring on so many levels. Working as a seamstress in her early days, this movie pushes the envelope by making clothing inspired by working class conventions, chic and aesthetic. You will also see Chanel (essayed by Tatou) improvising on her partner’s clothing to create everything from neckties, to gowns and culottes for herself.
Consider Cocktail a fashion forecaster of sorts. Although 5-years-old, this movie features protagonist Deepika Padukone in off-shoulder tees and shredded jumpers and Diana Penty in pretty day ensembles, including polka dotted blazers, chinos and flared jeans. The cocktail saris in this movie single-handedly brought back the sexy in ethnic wear.
Speaking of ethnic wear, Bajirao Mastani just broke the bubble on ethnic diversity. The movie celebrates angrakhas, shararas, the dhoti drape sari and more, making them look aspirational. This your go-to movie to redraw your own wardrobe by bringing back old ethnic staples and styling them in new ways.
The Dressmaker is eye candy for the true blue fashion lover. Set against the backdrop of a dusty, sleepy town, Kate Winslet’s ensembles cut out an image of pure sartorial perfection inspired by the 50s. This movie isn’t to be missed by children of fashion history.
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