Every great film has style that spans generations. The attention to detail when it comes to the characters’ wardrobe from clothes down to accessories can’t be missed even as you reach the bottom of your popcorn tumbler at the cinema. We go down movie memory lane and recall all the beautiful style moments in film in the last 10 years.
Sex and the City the Movie (2008)
It has been 10 years since Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) donned the Cloud dress by Vivienne Westwood in Sex and the City the Movie. The layers of silk satin-duchess and ivory silk taffeta was such an iconic look that the designer launched a collection inspired by the bridal gown just this year.
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Audrey Tatou plays Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel in this 2009 film directed by Anne Fontaine. Costume designer Leterrier recreated the wardrobe of the style legend and made Tatou her muse. She based a lot of the clothes from photos of Chanel and translated that onto the film. Her silk pajamas and sailor tops were inspired by photos of her wearing them in the 1930s. And that tweed suit in the final scene where Chanel is by the stairs? That’s actually a real Chanel outfit and those stairs are in the House of Chanel.
The plot might have gotten a bit confusing despite repeated viewing, but one thing’s for sure: the outfits in this film are impeccable. Costume designer Jeffrey Kurland, who has worked on films such as Erin Brokovich, Ocean’s Eleven, and Dunkirk, designed and made all the clothes you see in the movie. He took inspiration from architecture and went with sharp lines for the suits. Just like the movie, the clothes were stylized but still rooted in reality.
Ryan Gosling as the Driver in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive has this white satin bomber jacket with a huge scorpion embroidered on the back that gets bloodier and bloodier as the movie progresses. Inspired by Gosling’s own 1950s Korean souvenir jacket, costume designer Erin Benach built the jacket piece by piece until it was perfect, and they finished in record time—an hour before they had to shoot. Finished off with cap toe boots, a Patek Philippe chronometer, and tortoise shell glasses, Gosling’s Driver look makes a case for a throwback to the ‘50s. Murder but make it fashion.
Stick Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) on a billboard on EDSA and it could pass off as an ad for a ubiquitous eyeglass brand. The plaid button-down, chambray oxford shirt, tangerine jacket, high-waisted trousers, and horn-rimmed glasses could easily be part of a current Uniqlo campaign. Though the Spike Jonze film is set about a hundred years in the future, the fashion reminds us of the ‘70s or something inspired by it at least. The “unsexy” fashion of the film almost feels deliberate as though stripping what love and sexual attraction really is without the trappings of clothing (or lack thereof).
The Great Gatsby (2013)
Miuccia Prada adapted about 40 dresses from the Prada and Miu Miu archive to create the costumes for The Great Gatsby. She collaborated with costume and production designer Catherine Martin to transform the dresses into pieces that were made for the roaring Twenties including Daisy Buchanan’s (Carey Mulligan) party dress. A few selected costumes plus sketches were even exhibited at the Prada New York Epicenter in New York City and traveled to Tokyo and Shanghai when the film was released.
Blade 2049 (2017)
The 1982 original became a huge influence in fashion with its noir punk aesthetic. Designers like Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, and Raf Simons among others have taken inspiration from the sci-fi classic. In the 21st century reboot, costume designer Renee April took direction from Denis Villeneuve to push the dark nature of the first film even further in Blade 2049. She tells Vogue, “I don’t think it’s a fashionable film at all!” But we beg to differ. K’s (Ryan Gosling) not-shearling jacket (animals no longer exist in this dystopian world), Mariette’s (Mackenzie Davis) faux fur overcoat, hologram Joi’s (Ana de Armas) see-through yellow raincoat, and Luv’s (Sylvia Hoeks) futuristic take on athleisure might as well be hanging on a rack of your favorite clothing store right now.
Call Me By Your Name (2017)
Attire: summer dressing in Italy. That’s what Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer) seem to be following in Luca Guadagnino’s film adaptation of the André Aciman novel Call Me By Your Name. From striped Lacoste shirts to lemon-hued board shorts and Ray-ban wayfarers and crisp button-down polos, their outfits look vintage (the film is set in the ‘80s) and yet modern at the same time.
Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) stunned even her haters in the gorgeous powder blue number from Fall/Winter 2016 Marchesa. She definitely made heads turn at the big wedding. It’s also worth mentioning the pleated Missoni dress Peik Lin (Awkwafina) lends her to keep her from looking like Sebastian from The Little Mermaid at the grand dinner at Ah Ma’s (Lisa Lu) mansion in Tyersall Park.
Ocean’s 8 (2018)
The big heist at the center of Ocean’s 8 takes place inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the Met Gala. It’s no wonder how the scene plays out just like the actual event, maybe even better, because everything was given a go signal by Anna Wintour herself and was done entirely in collaboration with Vogue. Apart from the all-female ensemble, the Who’s Who of fashion made cameos at the big party. Were you able to pick them out from the crowd? Some of them being Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum, Katie Holmes, Zac Posen, Hailey Baldwin, Kylie Jenner, Olivia Munn, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.
What’s your favorite fashion moment in film? Share your faves in the comments!