Blade Runner

Welcome back to the second post of Fashion on Film, covering another favorite in the fashion community, the 1982 sci-fi movie Blade Runner. The reason why so many people love the costuming in the movie is because it mixes influences from 40s, punk, and futuristic clothing. Even though there are many stylish characters in the film, I’ll feature my two favorites, Rachael and Pris.

The noir siren Rachael, who plays the love interest to Harrison Ford’s “Deckard,” wears outfits consisting of raised, padded shoulders and full-length fur coats. Her hair ties in with the 40a aesthetic with full, shiny liberty rolls. Here are some screen caps of Rachael’s war-time style:

Another fashionable character featured in this film is the punk bad girl, “Pris,” played by Daryl Hannah. Pris’ typical outfit consists of fishnet stockings and leotards, with accessories like a fur coat and a punk choker to feminize her dark look. A great feature about Pris’ appearance is her hair and makeup, which is a blunt, platinum bob, sprayed on eye paint, and a kabuki-white face. Here are some of my screen caps featuring Ms. Pris:

As I mentioned before, this film has served many designers for inspiration, especially when creating futuristic looks. Here are some Blade Runner-inspired looks on and off the runway:

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What do think of this mixture of old and new, or do you feel that these looks are already part of the past?


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