Cinephile: Most stylish movies of all time
Posted: Jan 30 2015
With the Golden Globes behind us and the Oscars only a few weeks away, awards season is officially underway. This year’s mix of leading ladies runs the gamut from a psycho wife (Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl) to a factory worker looking to regain her job (Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night). Let’s just say that their characters’ style leaves a lot to be desired, so we thought we’d take a look back through the three most recent decades at some of the more glamorous movie moments.
Translating F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby into a movie automatically lends itself to lavish, over-the-top costumes. The 1920s, the era in which the story is set, is known for opulent beaded necklaces, embellished millinery, tons of bangles, feathers, fringe, lace and any other overstated piece you can imagine. So in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 movie adaptation of the story, the costumes went for it with modern takes on typical flapper style.
Clueless: the movie that defined a generation’s style. Throughout the teen saga, we saw all walks of high school life and style, from jocks to skaters, and prepsters to the art crowd, with its main character Cher Horowitz (played by Alicia Silverstone) as the resident fashionista. Her look leaned towards the preppy side but was funked up with accessories like hats, choker necklaces, scrunchies, headbands and knee-high socks. And that’s not to mention her actual clothing, which creatively mixed and matched mini skirts, suits, button-down shirts done in bright colors, checker patterns, argyle and pinstripes.
When you think of 1980s fashion moments visions of the cut-up oversized sweatshirt and leg warmers certainly come to mind. Their origins can be traced back to the movie Flashdance, where Jennifer Beals plays Alex Owens, an aspiring ballet dancer whose practice wear caught on across mainstream USA. And you’d mistaken to think the look was just a flash (pun intended) in the pan, elements of her costumes are still in style three decades later.