Many of us wonder why fashion matters so much in our lives. For some, fashion has an intrinsic, luxurious quality that makes us feel as if we're making our mark on the landscape of popular culture. For others, it represents the powerful ability to exert one's control over others, based on the labels and styles they choose to adorn.
Fashion has become an attribute of the human condition, a visual demonstration of colorful, chic labels, styles, decoration and/or embellishment. With exciting and dynamic clothing designs, the fashion world has moved away from modernist artistry to a more sophisticated, contemporary versatility, embodying a reflection of character and personality.
Fashion presents itself in a variety of formats, including mediums such as films, plays, music, art, design, and similar modes of expression. Mostly influenced by the fashion world, movies often introduce the latest trends in fashion, setting the stage of vogue for others to follow. Here are 5 incredible movies, each of which showcased the trendsetting fashion industry in its own way.
The Devil Wears Prada
One of the top movies in this category is ‘The Devil Wears Prada.’ The backdrop for this story is the fashion industry, commenting on the fact that employees in the industry are expected to look good on the job, and how life and people's impression of you can change, based on the clothes you wear. The movie's concept is so fashion-oriented that it even includes a well-known brand name in its title.
The movie is a classic example of how a fashionable makeover can make a person believe she can achieve anything. The movie teaches how important dressing fashionably can be when it comes to a career in marketing, advertising, or PR, especially where women are concerned.
When you think about teenage girls showcasing the perfect hourglass figure and curves, then you are bound to think of this movie. 'Mean Girls' has some of the best fashion moments, depicting both modern and vintage costumes, as well as what to wear to parties and on prom night. The movie's costumers' design concept included the use of a lot of pink, making the cast look more like eye candy than anything else. With plenty fashion pointers, especially for teenage girls, this movie is a must-see, especially for girl-geeks who would like inject an element of fashion in their everyday lives.
This Means War
'This Means War' is definitely fun to watch, mostly due to fashion diva Reese Witherspoon, whose performance is chic, modern and confident. Not only is the actress famous for her sexy, smooth, curvy figure, but for her acting ability as well. In the movie, Reese Witherspoon wears some impressive fashion, from the likes of designers like Dolce & Gabbana, Burberry, Prada, and Isabel Marant, to name but a few.
The movie makes the perfect dating outfit suggestions, whether going to a nightclub, carnival, or paintball tournament. Keep an eye out for the scenes in the movie where Reese wears the red wrap dress while on the job, the Theory dress with a Hermes bracelet and Chloe bag while talking to her friend about dating advice, and the chic, blue, ruffled, leopard print dress by Parker, when on her first date with Tom Hardy’s character.
The movie, ‘Focus,’ is about the ‘girl next door.’ Bombshell Margot Robbie looks stunningly sexy in all wardrobe choices in the movie, as she moves from a street-smart gal to high-class, society women. In the movie, the actress is said to have worn every designer under the sun, from Gucci to Givenchy. The dresses that she wears in the movie are every girl’s dream, including when she wears a leather jacket with chipped nail polish to portray her street smart character. If nothing else, it certainly gives her character a tough, edgy feel.
As the movie progresses, her character’s lifestyle changes are reflected in the fashion she wears, as she evolves from a sexy pickpocket to a seductive femme fatale.
Last on our list is ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Everyone remembers the movie by its promotional poster, depicting Uma Thurman lying on the bed, smoking a cigarette. With her classically tailored, white, button down shirt, and black trousers, she is the epitome of iconic fashion style. Though it was nothing more than a pair of simple, black trousers, and crisp, white, button down shirt, the way Uma Thurman portrayed her character's sense of style in this manner made every women think that if she dressed similarly, she, too, would be perceived as a diva with a strong sense of fashion.
The clothing style Thurman pioneered in the movie was soon adopted as a corporate or causal look by women at parties or offices. The style of dress was similar to that of tailored suits, worn by men for decades, making women feel just as powerful when they donned the outfit.
With movies like these portraying the importance of fashion in life, especially when validated with celebrity backing, we are influenced to change our appearance similarly, in an attempt to feel as attractive as the movie stars we admire, in the movies we enjoy, by those around us.
Zyana Morris is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger who loves to write about prevailing trends. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health, fitness and life style industry. You can follow her at Twitter and Facebook.