Cinema can be a stylish beast. A bubbling cauldron of current and original fashion. Going as far back as the 1950s, many style icons have been born and nurtured via the cinema screen. We took our time before finally selecting our 10 films we consider to be more stylish than the rest.
That Addams Family
We kick off with possibly the best dressed family in existence. The Addams family, of course: Gomez with his moustache and his pinstripes, Morticia with her flowing black gowns and red lipstick, Wednesday with her hideously charming china doll dresses, and Pugsley with his Dennis the Menace aesthetic. And don’t even get us started on Cousin It – his hair is to die for.
Bande à part (1964)
Jean Luc Godard’s classic features the best of new wave cool, with star Anna Karina stealing the show. Shot in black and white, the film is immeasurably iconic, and its style has been copy-catted more times than it’s possible to count.
This is England (2006)
Love them or hate them, you have to admit; those punks know how to dress. The cool kids in This is England run the gamut from classic punk to mod style to gothic, and no-one has ever made a mullet style haircut look better.
The Breakfast Club (1985)
Another group of disgruntled teens are winning all the style awards in John Hughes’ eighties cult hit The Breakfast Club. The top prize goes to Judd Nelson with his scruffy denim, his plaid shirt and his dark shades.
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Sofia Coppola’s take on the life of the most famous Queen of France is chock full of fashion, frills, fripperies, and multi-coloured macaroons. Fashion and food are combined wonderfully to illustrate the excesses of the French aristocracy, which ultimately led to their downfall. One shoe-filled montage is particularly effective (spot the pair of Converse trainers).
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Wes Anderson films are always an exercise in carefully calculated yet seemingly effortless style, but our favourite has to be Moonrise Kingdom. Edward Norton pulls off a Khaki Scout uniform with considerable aplomb, while preteen runaway Kara Hayward is all about the Peter Pan collars and Sunday school shoes.
Blade Runner (1982)
This one practically goes without saying. Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir is just the right mix of black-and-white 1940s style and futuristic PVC chic, with the tiniest dash of eighties flamboyance thrown in for good measure. Sean Young gets extra points as femme fatale Rachael.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen pull out all the stops in this classic crime caper. If you can drag your eyes away from Dunaway’s surely-that-has-to-be-fake-hair beehive, you can take a gander at the suave suits, the elegant shoes, and the multitude of hats. Why don’t people wear hats anymore, dammit?
A Single Man (2009)
Starring Colin Firth and Julianne Moore, A Single Man is a master class in sixties chic. The crisp suit, the monochrome dress, the artistic black eyeliner, the perfectly coiffed hair, and of course those dangerously cool pink cigarettes. Smoking yourself into an early grave never looked so cool.
In 2012 Hitchcock’s Vertigo ousted Citizen Kane from the top of Sight and Sound’s prestigious ‘50 Greatest Films of All Time’ poll, where it had been lording it for 50 years. Even judging by the clothes alone, it’s not hard to see why; Kim Novak’s wardrobe is so sharp you could cut diamonds with it, particularly that forever iconic grey skirt suit.
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