Friday, January 20, 2012

Cinema Connection--Film Noir Fashions the 2012 Golden Globes


Many have weighed in on the best and worst dressed at last Sunday's Golden Globe Awards...from Cosmopolitan magazine to CNN.  There were a lot of lovely gowns this year--far more hits than misses--with Angelina Jolie, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Beckinsale, and some of the ladies shown here at the top of my list.  

But of course I am always looking at today's style from a much different perspective...always amazed at the incredible influence that Old Hollywood costume design continues to have over mainstream fashion.  In the case of the Golden Globes, I couldn't believe how many of the gowns took their inspiration from the femmes fatale of film noir.  Incredible timing, really, considering that I'm doing a focus on its very style this month on GlamAmor.  Take a look for yourself at some of the similarities in the gorgeous gowns created now and then.

Sofia Vergara in Vera Wang (above) and
Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946)



Mila Kunis in Christian Dior and
Ava Gardner in The Killers (1946)



Kate Winslet in Jenny Packham and
Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)



Lea Michele in Marchesa and
Shanghai Express (1932) star Marlene Dietrich in Jean Louis



Emma Stone in Lanvin and
Myrna Loy in After the Thin Man (1936)

3 comments:

Kay said...

I figure almost all those designers just run home, flip on TCM, grab their sketch pads and start scribbling, right? Great report, Kimberly, as always! Thanks for sharing this unique insight. Can the Oscars be far behind? Can't wait to see your take on that! Kay
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DorianTB said...

Love, love, LOVE those gorgeous retro-noir gowns made with modern materials! :-) It's so nice to see stars who look truly glamorous instead of the kind of gals who tend to confuse elegance with showing as much skin as possible. Great post, Kimberly!

Kimberly said...

Thank you, Kay and Dorian! I think we know that designers do exactly as you suggest, Kay. I also know from working in vintage that designers send assistants to buy dresses that they just out and out copy. Sometimes they're so bold they just come themselves. The past, particularly in the movies, continues to be the pool in which today's designers draw their inspiration.

And though I knew I'd be able to find the source of their inspiration for this award show, I couldn't believe the incredible film noir timing of so many of these gowns!

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