The inspirational intersection of Fashion & Film

Fashion Designers get their influences for their collections from many things. The places they visited, the books they read, the paintings they saw, the poems they read, the welfare of the people and so on so forth inspire designers. They loved to watch movies and movies inspire designers for their collections. Some is inspired from the costumes within movies, some inspired from the production design, some inspired from the theme of the movie and some from the characters within the movie. 2015’s box office hit Star Wars series made a huge impact on designers. Before the release of the last Star Wars: The Force Awakens film in 2015, we did see the inspiration of the previous Star Wars films’ characters from the designs of Alexander Wang, Burberry Prorsum, Kanye West and Mugler.

In one way or another, movies create inspirations for designers. So you will ask me why you write about this subject. You are right, I need to let you know that I did work almost 10 years in movie business. Then I created an internet site named filmstilmoda about movies and fashion. These two are great subjects to explore. Their worlds are so inspiring, infinite and visionary. Since I am in love with films and worked in film business, have a great attraction to fashion; most of the time I noticed sophisticated relations within them. Movies in many forms inspire designers. So lets start to begin exploring the inspirations of the movies to the designers with one of my favourite.

inspiration for designers

You probably have heard the movie Great Gatsby. It was released in 1974 and Robert Redford and Mia Farrow were the stars of the movie. In 1974, not long after Ralph Lauren founded his company, he designed the costumes for The Great Gatsby. The movie won an award from academy for the costume designs. However, costume designer of the movie in her speech did not tell Ralph Lauren’s name. However, at that time he launched a mini Jazz Age trend and jump-started his career. In 2012, Ralph Lauren designed his Spring collection inspired from the 1974 movie. And the collection was on the runway before the release of Great Gatsby film remake directed by Baz Luhrmann in which Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan are the leading stars. Lauren took the opportunity to revisit the roaring twenties, half a year before the movie actually hits screens. Before the release of the movie he was the founder of the 1920s trend in fashion. After the release of the movie, Great Gatsby, 1920s inspired designs in fashion were everywhere.

inspiration for designers
photo courtesy of ralph lauren

inspiration for designers

The costume designs—particularly the vibrant, wildly-eccentric costumes wore by Capitol residents—of the first two instalments of The Hunger Games didn’t fail to impress. With such intricate costuming, it’d be surprising if a designer didn’t turn to the series for inspiration. The dystopian fable “The Hunger Games: Catch a Fire” was released three months before Thom Browne showed his fall 2014 collection, and it must have instantly caught the designer’s eye. Especially he showed his interest in the Effie Trinket character. That’s perhaps not surprising — Trish Summerville’s costumes for the film got a great deal of media attention leading up to its debut, and Browne’s shows have often played on dark themes of violence and female empowerment.

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