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:

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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:

Source: Style.com/Bill Cunningham/retrochick.co.uk

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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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?