Magazine article Variety

Sartorial Meets Celluloid

Magazine article Variety

Sartorial Meets Celluloid

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Classic French films continue to influence fashion

THE FILM fashions of today are I your fashions of tomorrow." That _L prediction came courtesy of Elsa Schiaparelli, whose rival, Coco Chanel, was one of the first designers to capitalize on the image-making potential of the silver screen when she began designing costumes for Hollywood stars in 1961 at the request of MGM boss Samuel Goldwyn.

Few epochs have informed fashion more than France's New Wave Cinema of the 1960s and 70s, which spawned such enduring icons as Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Seberg, Romy Schneider, Jeanne Moreau and Anouk Aimee.

"At that time - Nouvelle Vague - cinema was really considered an art," says Camille Seydoux, sister and stylist to thesp Lea Seydoux. "Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Chabrol, all those directors were really inspired by fashion. When you see 'Belle de Jour,' you can see that fashion is a really important aspect of the movie," says Seydoux of Luis Bunuel's masterpiece.

"Actresses inspired both directors and designers," she adds of the film's star Deneuve, who played longtime muse to the film's costume designer, Yves Saint Laurent. Audrey Hepburn, too, had a long and loyal friendship with her go-to costumer Hubert de Givenchy.

Fast forward to the 21st century and the landscape looks vastly different. "The world has changed so much," says stylist Elizabeth Saltzman, a consultant to former Saint Laurent creative director Tom Ford, who's editing his sophomore film, "Nocturnal Animals."

"The relationships do still exist; the difference is they were few and special prior to the world of fashion exploding because of Instagram and social media. …

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