Throughout history, fashion and cinema have gone hand in hand since movies began. Obvious examples include the costumes worn, which can become highly influential and effect trends themselves. The making of films can also spark the creation of new product lines, for example accompanying the upcoming release of Disney’s new Cinderella, Mac have created a truly magical make up line that will steal the heart of any wannabe princess. The line includes traditional Mac eye shadows alongside lipsticks and powders all in iconic Cinderella colours.
Similarly, OPI have created a line based around the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey that has recently been released in cinemas worldwide. The range includes six shades (not all of which are grey!) but are classic staple colours of any nail art collection!
In comparison, films themselves have taken fashion and used it as the plot line to inspire events or in the case of The September Issue, record real life. The September Issue follows Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington, of American Vogue, around the offices in New York as the compilation of the famous September Issue is fought over and worked endlessly on. The documentary is a must-see for all fashion lovers as it takes you behind the scenes of Vogue to see how they make the issue all the way from discussing ideas to the photo shoots in Paris.
The Devil Wears Prada is of a similar genre, following the fictitious life of Andrea Sacks (played by Anne Hathaway) as she embarks upon a career in the fashion world as somewhat of an outsider. Meryl Streep is fantastic as the evil editor-in-chief of “Runway” magazine. The story aims to show the “real” and admittedly brutal side of the fashion industry.
Other notable fashion films include Coco Before Chanel, the story of Gabrielle Chanel’s rise to fashion legend. As well as films which document iconic fashion looks such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the little black dress at its finest), Clueless (90’s style down to a T) and Sex and the City, which features dream designer outfits created specifically for the films and TV shows.
In terms of cinematic effects, A Single Man is filmed in such a way that it is beautiful in every sense of the word. The clothes are, of course, stunning. Featuring classic 60s mini dresses and skirts with eye makeup comprised of the perfect even eyeliner wings. If you have not seen it I would highly recommend it, if not for its story line but for the amazing the filming.
Finally, Confessions of a Shopoholic. This film is difficult not to love, it is far too easy to relate to this film (worryingly so) and encapsulates the aspiration of every girl – to own the dream wardrobe. Although taken to an extreme, the hilarity of Isla Fisher is perfection and sums up our own lives a little too well!
I hope I have inspired you to either check out some product lines inspired by the movies or to have a gander at some films you made not either of heard of before or need to re-watch to appreciate all over again!