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Saturday, July 2

Since the earliest days of Hollywood, fashion designers have been associated with specific stars. But it wasn’t until Audrey Hepburn collaborated with de Givenchy that a direct and ongoing relationship between stars and their designers became integrated into the filmmaking process.

Funny Face (1957)
8:00 PM | Funny Face (1957)

The collaboration between Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy was firmly established by the time this Stanley Donen musical comedy was produced. While there are many stunning outfits Hepburn models throughout, de Givenchy’s all-black, prototype beatnik ensemble may have had the greatest cultural impact.

Belle de Jour (1967)

This film was the first of five collaborations between Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint-Laurent. Laurent’s designs help Deneuve explore the contrasting styles of a chic, “respectable” married woman who also has a hidden, sexually liberated double life, complete with fur and leather she wouldn’t wear at home.

Saturday, July 9

Low morals can pair well on screen with high fashion. Dating back to 1930s gangster flicks, movie criminals have often shown off their wealth and power with the clothes they wear. Some film baddies have set off more than cinematic crime sprees, often leaving their mark on popular fashion trends.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Theadora Van Runkle’s designs for this groundbreaking film presented a stylized portrait of criminals from an earlier era. Warren Beatty was a dapper Clyde Barrow in his pinstriped, double-breasted suits, but it was Bonnie Parker that had the biggest impact, making Faye Dunaway and her signature beret into style icons.

Blow-Up (1966)
10:00 PM | Blow-Up (1966)

This could be the ultimate fashion film. Complete with a fashion photographer protagonist, this swinging-60s, London-set movie features a multitude of photo shoots and party scenes, showcasing some of the most interesting and colorful clothing of the Mod generation.

Saturday, July 16

There are obvious differences between fashion and interior design, but there are also similarities that can create an important relationship on film. Both types of design say something about the characters that inhabit them, and each must compliment the other in service of the story and themes of the film.

The Fountainhead (1949)

Probably because of its emphasis on artistic integrity, Ayn Rand’s novel has been an important source for many fashion designers. With both the novel and film’s emphasis on individualism, designers have often cited it as a favorite. Milo Anderson was the architect behind Patricia Neal’s elegant costumes.

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

During the reigns of Louis XV (1715–74) and Louis XVI (1774–92) fashion and furniture merged ideals of beauty and pleasure. This movie explores that theme, trifling in love propelled by the energies of a time when “morality lost but society gained.”

Saturday, July 23

The complex interplay between fashion and costume design can cut in both directions. Fashion trends influence costumes, as filmmakers try to capture an era or a subculture. And sometimes the clothes in a film are so visionary they capture the public’s imagination and push the fashion world in new directions.

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

The film that truly defined James Dean’s persona is “Rebel Without a Cause”. Dean took the young rebel archetype to a new level, changing both film and fashion forever. The film was a smash, especially with teenagers, and his wardrobe helped to define teen style for years to come.

Breathless (1960)
10:00 PM | Breathless (1960)

As one of the most important films of the French New Wave, Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless” had an extensive and undeniable impact on fashion, listed by Entertainment Weekly as the most stylish movie of all time. Jean Seberg’s casual and sexy clothes helped to create a tomboyish look that remains popular today.

Saturday, July 30

The theme of obsession has haunted filmmakers for decades, taking audiences into the warped worlds of the likes of Alfred Hitchcock in “Vertigo” and Brian de Palma in the aptly titled “Obsession.” Paul Thomas Anderson took a cue from these auteurs, taking the concept into the courtison world with his fashion-theme “Phantom Thread.” A close cousin of this movie is “Paris Frills,” which also deals with a designer hellbent on a muse. Through clothing and style, these films bring the Obsession of an Artist into focus.

PHANTOM THREAD (2017)

The mind-warping Paul Thomas Anderson drama tracks the twisted relationship of a dressmaker played by Daniel Day-Lewis and his muse and lover (Vicky Krieps). Day-Lewis studied archival footage the 1940s and 1950s fashion world with the intensity of his character in preparation for the role.

PARIS FRILLS (1945)
10:15 PM | Paris Frills (1945)

Obsession is one of the movie’s most dependable themes, dating back to this fascinating French film, which showcases an artist whose fascination with his best friend’s fiancé has deadly consequences. It is notable for its accurate depiction of the 1940s Paris fashion scene.

Sunday, July 31

The best fashion documentaries give audiences a better understanding of an industry that defines style in our culture. Whether profiling individual designers, offering a history lesson or examining the intersection of fashion with race and sexuality, these movies entertain us with their own sense of style.

Bill Cunningham: New York (2010)

In his nearly 40 years as a New York Times photographer, Bill Cunningham was a familiar sight to New Yorkers, chronicling the city’s fashion trends. This film is a funny and poignant portrait of the man of whom Anna Wintour herself once said, “we all get dressed for Bill.”

Paris Is Burning (1990)

A different side of New York is examined in this film about the city’s 1980s “ball scene,” a subculture of young Black and Hispanic drag queens celebrating their lives with wild and joyous fashion, dance and talent “runway” competitions. The movie also tackles tough subjects like race, class and gender.

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