The Virgin Suicides

The Virgin Suicides

Welcome to the first post of Fashion on Film! Today I’m going to write about a film that is already considered a cult classic in the fashion world, The Virgin Suicides. This 1999 film was written and directed by Sofia Coppola, who by the way, happens to have some of the best laid back style I’ve ever seen. The script is based on a novel by Jeffrey Eugenides that tells the story of the five Lisbon sisters who face scrutiny, isolation, and death in their suburban 1970s lives. This film is made up of fairly dark material, but it is contrasted by the sisters’ outfits of long, white nightgowns and pastel colored maxis. The sisters’ appearance is ethereal, made of long, straight blonde hair with clean, makeup-free faces, creating an angelic virginal look.

Here are some of my screen caps of the Lisbon sisters’ innocent style:

Since the film’s debut, many designers, stylists, and editors have praised the film for its fashion inspiration. It’s easy for me to see why the fashion community would admire such a look; it’s feminine and evokes youthfulness. I feel that many young women like myself appreciate the Lisbon sisters’ look, because it’s low maintenance, comfortable, and contains an air de mystere. I enjoy channeling this movie in my spring and summer wardrobe, because it’s breathable and unfussy. Here are some modern looks inspired by the Lisbon’s virginal look:

Sources: Style.com/The Sartorialist

Enchanting. What do you enjoy about the Lisbon sisters’ style?

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