Ok, believe me when I say that no one is more shocked than me that Kim Kardashian is actually making an appearance on GlamAmor. After all, this is a girl best known for wearing tight trendy outfits that are most often the opposite of the ladylike classics I love. But one of the goals of GlamAmor is to show the impact of classic cinema on today's trends and here is an example of that very fact. If you were ever in doubt of the ongoing influence of cinema on fashion, just take a look at Kim copying Elizabeth Taylor's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ensemble from 1958. This is for her perfume's advertising campaign, no less, which means it's an outfit very carefully chosen for its appeal.
And when I say copy, I mean copy...piece for piece from tip to toe. Compare her homage with photos of the original outfit on Elizabeth. It's all there--gold hoop earrings, diamond pendant necklace, white short sleeve blouse (with fabric covered buttons), orange belt, cream tweed skirt, gold bangle bracelets, and cream pumps. My jaw absolutely dropped when I saw the photo in one of my magazines and no credit given to the source of the original style. For those who don't know, this is yet another example of classic Helen Rose, the MGM costume designer whose design inspired Kate Middleton's wedding dress as well. Coincidentally, I just happened to discuss both Helen and the wardrobe from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Turner Classic Movies on their July podcast.
Make no mistake...the best designers and stylists know their history and use classic cinema as a reference and resource all the time. The next time something is a big hit in fashion, just remember that the best new outfits are most often old.