Today, we're diving into the mesmerising world of women's costume design in some iconic films as selected by our team. Sometimes, no matter how great (or bad) the plot and the acting, it's the wardrobe that steals the show, projecting clothing that becomes etched in cinematic history.
So let's start with Ocean's 8, a modern-day heist film that brings together a stellar all-female cast. While it's probably the weakest film of the franchise, we're here for the costumes. With dazzling garments and accessories, this film sets the bar high for glamorous crime. The brilliant costume designer, Sarah Edwards, creates a cast of enigmatic looks that reflect each character's personality perfectly. From Sandra Bullock's sleek and sophisticated style to Cate Blanchett's rock 'n' roll edge, these outfits give us major fashion envy.
What's Love Got To Do With It is the biopic that tells the powerful story of Tina Turner. Angela Bassett's portrayal of the legendary singer is elevated by the incredible costume designs by Ruth E. Carter. Carter flawlessly captures the energy and resilience of Turner through her dynamic stage outfits. The iconic gold sequinned dress worn during the performance of "Proud Mary" will forever be etched in our fashion memories. It's a shining example of the blend between show-stopping glamour and the strength of the human spirit.
There isn't a 'fashionable films' list on the internet that doesn't include In The Mood For Love, directed by the visionary Wong Kar-Wai. This visually stunning film takes us back to 1960s Hong Kong, and the costume design by William Chang is an absolute feast for the eyes. The elegant 'qipaos' worn by Maggie Cheung and the sharp suits on Tony Leung ooze sophistication and capture the essence of timeless style. These costumes effortlessly transport us to an era of clandestine romance and unspoken emotions, making In The Mood For Love a fashion and cinematic masterpiece.
In complete contrast is the cult classic Heathers. This dark comedy redefines the meaning of the high school uniform. Costume designer Rudy Dillon perfectly captures the sardonic and rebellious spirit of the film with the bold colours, exaggerated silhouettes, and provocative designs. The Heathers, played by Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, and Kim Walker, become fashion icons in their own right. Who can forget the iconic shoulder pads and knee-high socks that made us all want to channel our inner mean girl?
2015 flick Carol is another favourite that showcases the impeccable style of the 1950s. Costume designer Sandy Powell brings to life the exquisite fashion choices of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. The elegant coats, structured dresses, and statement accessories transport us to a time of grace and sophistication. Powell's attention to detail ensures that every garment captures the essence of the characters and their emotional journey, making Carol a visual treat.
While Spencer was widely criticised for being a lot of nothing, costume designer Jacqueline Durran's collaboration with Kristen Stewart, who plays Princess Diana, to recreate the iconic fashion moments that defined her style, is nothing short of genius. From the unforgettable black "Revenge Dress" to the glamorous ballgowns, every outfit in Spencer showcases the timeless elegance and rebellious spirit that made Diana a fashion icon.
Lastly, we delve into the glamorous world of Phantom Thread, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. This film takes us into the world of haute couture, and the stunning costume designs by Mark Bridges transport us to the golden age of fashion. Set in 1950s London, the film follows the tumultuous relationship between a renowned dressmaker and his muse. Daniel Day-Lewis and Vicky Krieps bring these garments to life with their impeccable performances. Bridges' exquisite attention to detail and craftsmanship make every dress a work of art, emphasising the allure and power of fashion.