iconic movies

Movie makers take great care to drape their characters right. Over the years, there have been many popular outfits that have wowed moviegoers. Some of them weren’t just good costumes but were elements that gave their movies cult statuses. Here are 9 iconic movies that sparked new fashion trends.

9 Iconic Movies That Started Real Life Trends!

1. Annie Hall

iconic movies - Diane Keaton in Annie Hall

As the Women’s Liberation movement broke out in the 60’s and 70’s in USA, female fashion went through some drastic changes. Women, for the first time, started wearing men’s outfit. The Titular Character of Annie Hall, played by the gorgeous Diane Keaton of ‘The Godfather’ fame, helped spark this trend. With a mix of both female and male attire, she had a very distinct and unique wardrobe.

2. Risky Business

iconic movies - Tom Cruise in Risky Business

Tom Cruise reached the pinnacle of “cool” in the 80’s following his breakout role in ‘Risky Business’. His character, Joel Goodson, rocked the ray-ban wayfarers like never before. Post the movie’s release, the sale of wayfarers skyrocketed. An astounding 300,000 pairs were sold in 1983 alone.

3. Clueless

iconic movies - Alicia Silverstone in Clueless

Alicia Silverstone made her breakthrough in the 1995 hit Clueless. She looked so chic in the movie that most men wanted her while most women wanted to be her. Not so surprisingly, 90s teenage girls all over the world modelled their wardrobe after Silverstone’s role. The most iconic among her collection was the notorious white “Dress”.

4. Flashdance

iconic movies - Jennifer Beals in Flashdance

Playing an exotic dancer with big dreams, Jennifer Beals popularised ripped t-shirts and off-shoulder sweatshirts which are used to this day.

5. Funnyface

iconic movies - Audrey Hepburn in Funnyface

It may be unpopular today, but beatnik was ‘the’ look in the 50’s and 60’s. As a bookshop clerk turned model, yesteryear beauty Audrey Hepburn launched black turtle-necks and blocked cigarette pants into the public eye. Beyonce rocked this look in her song Countdown as recently as 2011.

6. Breakfast at Tiffany’s

iconic movies - Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's

Hepburn was at it again in the cult classic, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. As Holly Golightly, the bold and beautiful escort, she stepped out of the norm and set a new fashion trend. Suddenly women left right and center, could be seen wearing a little black dress, pearls and a beautiful updo. Over the past 4 decades, Hepburn’s look in Breakfast at Tiffany’s has been the most influential.

7. Mahogany

iconic movies - Diana Ross in Mahogany

When the costume designers created gorgeous dresses for the titular character in Mahogany – the sassy and newly rich Tracy chambers, little did they know that their design would set the tone for celebrity outfits for generations to come. From the Golden Globes to the Academy awards, almost every dress that was ever worn drew inspiration from the movie.

8. Saturday Night Fever

iconic movies - John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever

If you have ever stumbled upon an old picture of your dad’s, chances are he was wearing bell-bottoms. You can laugh all you want now, but back in the day, they were what all the raves were about. You can’t blame them really. Not when it was the evergreen John Travolta who popularised them as the stylish, dance icon in Saturday Night Fever.

9. Drive

iconic movies - ryan gosling in drive

When the trailer of Nicolas Refn’s 2011 hit, ‘Drive’, released, people expected another one of those flashy “car-movies” that were all about speed thrills. Boy weren’t they in for a pleasant surprise. Low on dialogue and high on style, Ryan Gosling’s costume(and obvious good looks) was the talk of the town. The Souvenir Jackets, Madison Boots, Heirloom watches and driving gloves worn by Gosling’s character are still very much in fashion, six years after the movie hit the screens.

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