With Mr Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated Elvis on the horizon, we have yet another opportunity to appreciate the director’s ongoing costume affair with Ms Miuccia Prada. The Italian designer is responsible for outfitting a number of the director’s storied filmography and now the King of Rock and Roll’s wardrobe is in Prada’s deft hands. We couldn’t help but wonder: is this the pinnacle of the designer/film collaboration?
Films often serve as direct inspiration in fashion, with designers creating odes to their favourite films on the runway. In some of the most iconic collections, models wore easter eggs for those in the know. NUMBER (N)INE designer and film buff Mr Takahiro Miyashita titled his AW08 collection “My Own Private Portland” after Mr Gus Van Sant’s 1991 film of a similar name. Mr Raf Simons’ work is often frequented by Lynchian references – his AW16 varsity sweaters were inspired by Twin Peaks’ sullen teenagers, while AW19 saw stills of a young Ms Laura Dern in Blue Velvet patched onto jackets like posters tacked on a cinephile’s wall. Then there’s the sci-fi classic Gattaca, responsible for both Dior Homme’s AW13 by Mr Kris Van Assche and Salvatore Ferragamo AW21, respectively.
When fashion designers are tapped to contribute to the world-building of cinema, the results are just as strong. The most obvious example of a fashion/film mashup is Mr Tom Ford’s A Single Man, a quiet film on stoicism and suiting. Mr Giorgio Armani has a reputation of bolstering his CV as costume designer to many films, and most notably redefined American sportswear in 1980’s American Gigolo. It’s rumoured that Mr Jonathan Anderson will dress director Mr Luca Guadagnino’s cast in the upcoming Challengers, too.
Ahead of Luhrmann’s take on the titular musician, we navigate through six films that redefined costume design, courtesy of fashion’s leading visionaries. Read on for our deeper cuts ahead.