Reel/Real Impact: Hollywood Movies and Fashion–

Particular movie stars have impact on specific audiences in terms of looks, appearance, and fashion.

For example, women of Myrna Loy’s generation tried to look like her through cosmetic surgery.

Many female factory workers copied Veronica Lake’s peek-a-boo hairstyle during WWII, that got actively promoted the snood as a means of preventing such long hairstyles getting caught in the machines. The interesting element of such an influence is that it was unplanned and unintentional.

At the height of her popularity in the l950s and early l960s, Audrey Hepburn served as role model for many young women: Her hairstyle and big sunglasses were emulated all over the globe.

Film is responsible for America’s vast influence on world fashion. Some of the famous Hollywood fashion designers were: Howard Greer, Travis Banton, Walter Plunket and Orry-Kelly, and perhaps the best of them all, Adrian.

Hollywood films have influenced fashion in several ways: make-up, hairstyles, and bras. Old American films like Top Hat have inspired nostalgic fashion movements.

Five Films that Influenced Fashion:

Annie Hall (1977)

Diane Keaton’s wardrobe.

Baby Doll (1956):

The film was influential in reducing nightgowns to “baby doll brevity, as worn by its star, Carroll Baker.

Bonnie and Clyde (l967):

The film created a vogue for clothes fashioned after those of the 1930s.

Bull Durham (l988):

Susan Sarandon’s girdle belt.

Doctor Zhivago (l965):

Doctor Zhivago’s fashions were designed by Phyllis Dalton, and the popular boots which came from the movie.