A year in film and fashion
It’s been a good year for film – we got new installments from The Avengers and Bond, Tom Hardy went from star of Mad Max: Fury Road to superstar of Legend, and Straight Outta Compton brought out everyone’s inner rapper. And yet, as seen this year, the fashions of a film are increasingly at the forefront of public and critical attention. Ever since The Devil Wears Prada, costumes have become an essential component for a successfully entertaining film. Effective film fashion is aspirational, relatable, or both. This year we’ve seen an abundance of period dramas and nostalgic throwbacks which exemplify fashion as an integral part of culture, the relativity of fashion, and the ways fashion has evolved and continues to evolve. Here’s hoping 2016 continues this trend.
Where do I begin? Set in 1950’s upperclass Manhattan, Carol is consistently delicious and dreamy. Carol herself is the finest example of chic elegance that cinema has seen all year; all fur coats and contoured gorgeousness. The costume and makeup team are sure to scoop all the accolades during the upcoming awards season, because they absolutely nailed the glamour of the ’50s.
Iris Apfel is 93, with such an overwhemingly positive attitude to life that she successfully upstages everyone she encounters without doing much at all. Iris loves fashion, and fashion loves Iris. Regardless of brand or price tag, Iris will haphazardly throw outfits together and still rock it.
Dior and I
This documentary goes behind the scenes to follow Raf Simons through the eight-week creation process of his debut couture collection for Dior. It shows how fundamentally rooted is his devotion to fashion and portrays a homage to the tireless work put into the collections and shows at the iconic brand.
If Bond was anything but cool AF, there would be mass outcry, and boy did Spectre do us proud. Bond’s sharp suits and flash accessories are as synonymous with his character as his profession is. Leading ladies Naomi Harris and Lea Seydoux are masterclasses in allure.
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
Ah, ’70s fashion. The incredible absurdity of it. And not just the clothes people wore – the interior designs were gloriously garish too. I recommend Diary of a Teenage Girl to all fans of full fringes, flared denim and loud prints.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
Breton with a Dracula cape, anyone? An indie vampire meets a James Dean wannabe and creates a whole new category of aesthetic.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Another trip to a bygone era, this time Guy Ritchie took us back to the ’60s when accessories were supersized and to be bold was far better than being minimal.
What was your favourite film fashion from 2015? Let us know in the comments below!