Admiring Cinema’s Most Enviable Wardrobes: Part II

If “fashion is a language,” then its onscreen translation transcends time or place. When it comes to the sartorially-minded film characters that we love and those that linger in our mind, it’s not only the unique or striking sense of dress that tickles our fancy, but the way in which they absorb the wardrobe of the character into their personality and the essence of the role. And in looking back through cinema’s past, there are countless films whose style now serves as a beacon of fashion iconography.

However, when it comes to examining the way we dress ourselves in everyday life and that constant desire to reinvent and invigorate ourselves aesthetically, you can always look to the movies for a wealth of inspiration. So from the candy-flipped punk-y pleasures of Gregg Araki’s characters and Sofia Coppola’s dreamy pastel ennui to the elbow-patched and academic pleats of Woody Allen and the heartbreakingly haute world of Wong Kar-wai, let’s take a look back on a fantastic list of films featuring some of cinema’s most stylish characters. (Head here for Part I)

THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO, Whit Stillman

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Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale

NORTH BY NORTHWEST, Alfred Hitchcock

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Cary Grant and Eve Marie Saint

AMERICAN GIGOLO, Paul Schrader

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Richard Gere

SUMMERTIME, David Lean

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Katherine Hepburn

CLUELESS, Amy Heckerling

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Stacey Dash, Alicia Silvertone, and Brittany Murphy

THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY, Anthony Minghella

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Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Gwneyth Paltrow

AMERICAN PSYCHO, Mary Harron

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Christian Bale

SUMMER OF SAM, Spike Lee

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Jennifer Esposito, Adrien Brody, John Leguizamo, Mira Sorvino

MOULIN ROUGE, Baz Luhrmann

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Nicole Kidman

THE LADY EVE, Preston Sturges

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Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda

THELMA & LOUISE, Ridley Scott

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Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis

FLASHDANCE, Adrian Lyne

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Jennifer Beals

2046, Wong Kar-wai

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Ziyi Zhang

CASINO, Martin Scorsese

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Sharon Stone

TOUTE UNE NUIT, Chantal Akerman

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Aurore Clément

BARBARELLA,Roger Vadim

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Jane Fonda

MARIE ANTOINETTE, Sofia Coppola

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Jason Schwartzman and Kirsten Dunst

DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN, Susan Seidelman

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Rosanna Arquette and Madonna

DOOM GENERATION, Gregg Araki

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Rose McGowan

LOVE STREAMS, John Cassavetes

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Gena Rowlands

LAWRENCE ANYWAYS, Xavier Dolan

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Suzanne Clément and Melvil Poupaud

BASIC INSTINCT, Paul Verhoeven

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Sharon Stone

NOWHERE, Gregg Araki

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Kathleen Robertson, Rachel True, and Christina Applegate

CAMILLE 2000, Radley Metzger

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Danièle Gaubert

MILLENNIUM MAMBO, Hou Hsiao-Hsien

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Qi Shu

FOXY BROWN, Jack Hill

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Pam Grier

MANHATTAN, Woody Allen

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Meryl Streep and Woody Allen

KLUTE, Alan J. Pakula

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Jane Fonda

BELLE DU JOUR, Luis Bunuel

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Catherine Deneuve

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, Blake Edwards

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Audrey Hepburn

ANNIE HALL, Woody Allen

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Woody Allen and Diane Keaton

SHAFT, Gordon Parks

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Richard Roundtree

VALLEY OF THE DALLS, Mark Robson

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Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, and Barbara Perkins

BETTY BLUE, Jean-Jacques Beineix

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Béatrice Dalle

JAWBREAKER, Darren Stein

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Julie Benz, Rose McGowan, and Rebecca Gayheart

CASABLANCA, Michael Curtiz

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Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman

JACKIE BROWN, Quentin Tarantino

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Pam Grier

LOVE STORY, Arthur Hiller

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Ryan O’Neil and Ali Macgraw

BULLITT, Peter Yates

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Steve McQueen

KABOOM, Gregg Araki

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Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Roxanne Mesquida

THREE DAYS OF THE CONDOR, Sydney Pollack

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Robert Reford

THE DREAMERS,  Bernardo Bertolucci

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Louis Garrel, Evan Green, Michael Pitt

MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, Gus Van Sant

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Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix

Check out  Part I HERE

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