Cinema making fashion

Since its birth in the late nineteenth century cinema has influenced the fashion world, launched new trends and inspired fashion designers worldwide. Who among us never felt at least a pinch of jealousy at an outfit while watching a Hollywood movie? Many movies dictated fashion and are still remembered for their unforgettable innovations, below some of Amsterdam Fashion TV’s picks:

Pandora’s Box (1929)

A must see for the sexy and provocative dresses, ahead of their time. And for Louise Brooks’s iconic “bob”haircut.

Louise Brooks bob hair

It Happened One Night (1934)

We all remember the scene of Clark Gable taking off his shirt. Just as much as the blazers, trench coats and sweaters he wears in the movie: an inspiration for men all around the world.


Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

James Deam conquered the world with his irreverence combining jeans, white T-shirt and jacket to create the rock ‘n’ rool style that contrasted with the straight-laced style of the 50s.

James Dean_rebel-without-a-cause

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Ladies all over the world fell in love with the black Givenchy dress worn by Audrey Hepburn. Sales of sleeveless dresses, pearl necklaces and big glasses increased after the movie’s release.

Audrey Hepburn_Breakfast at Tiffany's_Givenchy black dress

Annie Hall (1977)

The androgynous chic style inspired by Diane Keaton’s wardrobe became one of the most copied in the history of cinema, standing right next to Coco Chanel in the “pants revolution”.

Diane Keaton as Annie-Hall

American Gigolo (1980)

Richard Gere’s outfits in the movie are predominantly by Italian designer Giorgio Armani, who owes the movie for helping establish his label in Hollywood.

Richard Gere_American Gigolo_in armani

Atonement (2007)

The film was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Achievement in Costume Design and at the BAFTA for Best Costume Design. Keira Knightley’s green dress was mentioned more than once as the best piece of clothing in the history of cinema.


These are just few of many wonderful films that played a key role in the history of fashion. Inspiring, right?

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