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Movies inspire fashionistas' style
Posted May 19, 2006
Nancy Dyleuth
Edward Figueroa, senior marketing associate for World Financial Group and a college student, believes in making a good first impression. “The interview should be taken seriously, wearing jeans and a T-shirt will only hinder your opportunity,” Figueroa said. Button-up shirts, slacks and dress shoes are appropriate attire for men, while women can wear a blazer, blouse or skirt.

Katherine Hillier
Editorial Director

While enclosed in a dark movie theater, devouring popcorn and enormous chocolate bars it’s hard not to feel frumpy as sprightly celebrities frolic about the screen in fabulous outfits that make even the most fashionable person envious.

For some people, movies are defined by the clothes that are showcased inside them.

Think “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” and think perfect black dress offset with pearls. And who can forget “The Seventh Year Itch” in which Marilyn Monroe stands above a street vent parading her billowing white pleated dress for all of New York to see.

These moments are defining in movie making as well as in fashion.

“I like the fashion of ‘The Black Dahlia’ because the girls wear cute suits that are fitted like Marilyn Monroe style,” Erin Lariviere, a senior marketing major, said.

Each season designers hop on board the movie caravan and pump out frocks that are inspired by old and new films, and this season proves to be no different.

“I think movies tend to mix old styles with new hipper styles because they are able to take more of a risk stylistically,” Jennifer Luna, a senior speech communications major, said.

Whether it’s a period piece or a hip new comedy, designers manage to incorporate this inspiration into their collections each season.

Designers Dolce and Gabbana have taken a hint from the upcoming film “Marie Antoinette” and incorporated Napoleonic style into their collection this season. High leather boots cascading with buttons danced down the runways and flowing velvet dresses waltzed along side military inspired jackets.

The two designers have bet their entire collection on the fashion frenzy that this movie might cause.

Other movies debuting this fall also have discreet styles and trends buried within them.

The 1940s “Black Dahlia,” 1960s “Factory Girl” and 1950s “Hollywoodland” all have very period driven fashions splashed on their screens.

In “Factory Girl,” Sienna Miller plays the Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick. Clad in black leotards or cigarette pants, her character has influenced many of the styles that Fifth Avenue windows are already displaying – and the movie hasn’t even come out yet.

Not only do movies like this inspire runway collections but they also influence the average person’s individual style choices.

“Sometimes I’ll watch a movie and learn different ways to put outfits and accessories together,” Vanessa Norzagaray, a senior business administration major, said.

Watching a movie can be equally as satisfying as flipping through the chunky fall Vogue or window-shopping at Barney’s.

This isn’t to say that all movies contain great fashion advice sewn between their seams; there are plenty of movies out there that do not want that kind of attention.

“In ‘Batman Begins’ they didn’t focus too much on Katie Holmes’ wardrobe; I think they wanted to shadow her out so you could focus on Batman himself,” Luna said.

Movies are not made to showcase fashion – but that sometimes comes as an added bonus.

And this season, while college students wait for these fashions to appear in stores like H&M and Urban Outfitters, filmmakers are busy creating new films that will entice the creativity of fashion designers and future collections.

Fashion can be inspired by movies and in many ways; movies can be inspired by fashion.

Theses two mediums have been tangled up for quite sometime and it doesn’t look like that will change soon.

Katherine Hillier can be reached at

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