If, in the past few hours, you’ve needed to Google someone you met over the weekend or something to that effect, then you may have noticed that the search engine’s logo looks a bit more fashionable than usual. They’re celebrating the late costume designer Edith Head’s 116th birthday today, and we are too.
Edith Head’s cinematic designs are as iconic, if not more, than the movies they were created for. Close your eyes for a moment and picture Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. What’s the first thing you envision? If you have Ornithophobia, then violent, blood-thirsty crows are probably at the forefront of your mind. If, however, your fear of winged creatures falls to the more logical side of the spectrum (though I’d agree with you phobics: birds are terrifying), then you probably picture a very elegantly dressed Tippi Hedren in monochromatic mint. A woman who looks that chic while running from death can surely only be in the hands of a stylistic genius such as Head.
Her designs have influenced generations of women’s style. Is the recent full-skirted, mid-calf trend not a direct reflection of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday? In considering all the fashionable gold that has come from Edith Head’s touch, I began to think about other movies that have influenced my own personal style.
I’ve already mentioned that Dead Poets Society is my apex of sartorial aspirations. The Spring 14 SoCal surfer-revival caused me to revisit another favorite, Lords of Dogtown, because I’m constantly drawn to the laid-back grungy-cool of 1970s Venice Beach skaters.
Since I’m a human/female I’d be weird if I didn’t note Clueless. I’m not necessarily walking around in yellow plaid skirt-suits and thigh-high socks, but I am always considering it, or at least musing on how fucking awesome I would look if I did ever find the perfect interpretation of it.
What about the perfection of Katherine Hepburn in Woman of the Year, or Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator? Or any time that Diane Keaton wore a turtleneck? Speaking of Diane Keaton one can’t mention style in movies without noting her role in Annie Hall, and while on the topic of Woody Allen films I can’t help but ask myself, What would the girl who Owen Wilson winds up with at the end of Midnight in Paris wear?
Movies, we all know, have the power to transport us to another planet and suspend our belief for as long as we let them, but it’s the fashion, the style, and the women (and men!) who wear the clothes so damn well that end up really becoming a part of us.
Enough about me — what about you? What movies have inspired your style?
— Amelia Diamond