Last winter The New York Times claimed that the “long and fabled love affair [between fashion and film] has lost its heat,” but we have to respectfully disagree. Sure, Avatar-influenced sci-fi fashion had a moment last year, but it seems that fashion and film are feeding off each other now more than ever. From festivals to blogs, we see a long and happy relationship ahead.
Fashion Film Festivals:
Fashionistas and filmmakers are coming together to celebrate their respective loves at the third biennial Fashion in Film Festival
, which kicked off last week in London. An arena to highlight the oft-ignored critical role that fashion plays in film, the festival celebrates a full range of cinema from animated features to documentaries. This year’s program, themed “Birds of Paradise,” includes rare screenings of underground films that “explore costume as a form of cinematic spectacle throughout European and American cinema,” including work from Missoni collaborator Kenneth Anger
. New Yorkers will get a taste of the fest this coming spring when it arrives at the newly reopened Museum of the Moving Image
Film Fashion Blogs:
Fashion bloggers are borrowing style cues from movies, even going so far as to mine obscure films for guidance on their everyday wardrobes. Perhaps a direct result of Netflix Instant’s rapidly swelling selection of films
, more fashion bloggers are creating style guides for Gen Y classics like Thelma and Louise
and The Breakfast Club
. Other fashion blogs, like Blog Full of Jelly
and Cat Party
, are pulling from even more vintage fare for recurring film inspiration series bursting with film stills that rival the pages of any fashion magazine. (Recognizing this, V Magazine
even tapped Cat Party’s Chelsea Fairless to gift its blog
with her encyclopedic knowledge of exquisite screen style.) We may need to rewind our VHS
collection before we go shopping next time.