I love fashion history since I was little, thanks to my wonderful granny (she was a seamstress). What I love about fashion is its bond with art, so I’m not talking about the economic side or the shopping addiction. Fashion is a piece of art itself and, like painting, tells something about the society of its time.
Cinema is the seventh art and the bond between cinema and fashion is known from the beginning. So today I want to share with you a movie marathon about fashion. There are a lot of fashion movies, but I obviously chose the most particular.
- Funny Face, 1957, directed by Stanley Donen, with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. This is a romantic, comedy, almost a musical. Audrey Hepburn is a fashion icon, so it was perfect for this movie set in a fashion magazine. The magazine director wants fashion to be intellectual. So she decides to shoot in a library. Clear.
- Blow Up, 1966, directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, with David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave. My cinema professor made me love Antonioni because he was unique. Like his movies: Blow Up talks about the swinging London, but also about nothing. But also about a fashion photographer and about a murder. (and there is also Jane Birkin over there in a corner).
- The Neon Demon, 2016, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, with Elle Fanning and Keanu Reeves. Refn loves psychological movies, he loves to twist our mind. He wants us to be confused at the end of his films. Well, this is a confusing horror set in the world of fashion models. A bad world, like the real one.
What I love the most is to put together movies of different time periods, so you can see with your eyes what are the technical changes, the alternative tastes of directors, but also the social, linguistic and fashion changes.
What do you think about this list?