Fashion in Film

latoya-bowlah Our guest writer LaToya Bowlah is a full time Journalism major at Baruch College in the fast and ever-changing pace of New York City. Her writing can be found on, where she is inspired by the influences that dictate the flow of fashion, such as trends, industries or people.


Nomadic, is fashion culture described in one word. Constantly moving from one trend to the next, the fashion industry’s relentless pursuit of innovation and sustainable style is painstaking and explains pop-culture’s appreciation of fashion-centric films.

Strutting from the world of runways onto the big screen, the fashion industry uses movies as a time capsule for fads and to add longevity to timeless looks.


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In 1961, model Audrey Hepburn, was first to strut Hubert De Givenchy’s renowned couture designs in the cinematic fashion show Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which depicted the New York socialite scene of the 1950s and introduced the world to the little black dress.

Thanks to Givenchy and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the little black dress is now a permanent piece in every woman’s closet and a safe haven in the daring, sometimes scary fashion world. And rightfully so!

With a pair of comfortable wedged sandals and flowing beach hair, or a strand of hanging pearls and a classic up-do, a little black dress can be easily transformed into a casual Sunday luncheon outfit, or a classic night-out ensemble.


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Then in 1992, the misters of Reservoir Dogs popularized the sleek, black skinny tie. Worn with a white shirt and sunglasses, this simple style represents casual sophistication and quickly defined the poster-look for the cool gentleman.


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‘Welcome to the age of un-innocence – no one has breakfast at Tiffany’s and no one has affairs to remember,’ said Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw in the 1998 Sex and The City series that often highlighted ironic connects between fashion culture and relationships.

Sex and the City’s fourth season – Episode 58 to be exact – clarified the importance of a purse to anyone still confused as to why it was a necessary accessory. Simply put: ‘Balls are to men what purses are to women; it’s just a little bag, but we’d feel naked in public without it,’ said Bradshaw.

The series was a style guide of all things fabulous and fadulous for women and stands as a platform for recent films that lend eyes into the elusive fashion industry.

In The Devil Wears Prada [2006] Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestley portrayed a ruthless cut-throat executive of the Runway fashion magazine.

In Confessions of a Shopaholic [2009] Isla Fisher, as Rebecca Bloomwood asked: ‘You speak Prada?’

Then, Sex and the City 2 [2010] showed that fashion is indeed an international language, spoken outside the borders of little Manhattan with the unforgettable scene of niquab-wearing women, dressed in the latest Louis Vuitton and Versace. Bradshaw narrates: ‘Underneath hundreds of years of tradition was this year’s spring collection.’

Fashion-based films have tightened the fashion industry’s influential grip on popular culture and now serve as a go-to style reference for what’s fab or fad.

With this year’s biggest celebration of movies, the CBS 84th Annual Academy Awards, recently concluded, it is used as a projector of trends to come throughout the rest of the year.

Celebrity stylist Felix Mercado calls actress Michelle Williams the best dressed of the CBS 84th Annual Academy Awards. Williams wore a coral, strapless Louis Vuitton dress, which Mercado praised as ‘jaw-dropping’. ‘It’s just perfect,’ he said.


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Expect to see more brilliant coral, salmon and tangerine-coloured designs for the rest of 2012, and while this fad may soon fade, there is always the eternal little black dress, until another shopaholic comes along and directs everyone to the newest must-have trends.

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2 responses to “Fashion in Film”

  1. Fazim Bacchus

    Fashion and Film go hand in hand. It’s no coincidence that the outfits specially chosen by design teams sell out the fastest when they become available to the public. Consumers go to the movies to enjoy a storyline but leave with new ideas on style and fashion

  2. mario

    Very interesting perspective to show. Nice read too. Thanks for this.

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