This week should have been the 73rd Cannes Film Festival, which, according to new regulations, will most certainly be postponed and a possible collaboration with the Venice Film Festival is currently under discussion. As a tribute to the Festival, we thought it would be nice to take a look at the relationship between film and fashion with a special selection of films and at the best-looking, most iconic shirts from some of the cinema’s greats.
Film is one of the main languages used in mass communication and, since its earliest beginnings, it has been closely connected to the fashion industry, creating characters who could embody a solid and credible social imaginary, but also abstract realities that are somehow out of reach. This pairing was reinforced in the 1930s with the arrival of the Hollywood star system and the figure of the costume designer, when movies became a means to transmit styles and trends. Now the two worlds are inextricably linked: in fact, if the film industry dresses the soul, then fashion takes care of the body and its aesthetic.
5 shirts in 5 masterpieces
This is why we decided to associate 5 award-winning movies to the 5 types of shirt that best illustrate the leading characters and their style.
We begin with Wes Anderson’s film “The Darjeeling Limited” (2007), in which three brothers who haven’t spoken to one another for a year, take a journey on the special train “The Darjeeling Limited”, with the aim of rediscovering themselves and their family bond. Our inspiration comes from a scene where the brothers are running after the train, which we see as perfect for a linen shirt, ideal in warmer climates, elegant, breathable, and uniquely comfortable.
Our second film is “American Psycho” (2003), directed by Mary Harron. The movie is about the figure and the madness of Patrick Bateman, wealthy investment banker and symbol of the American yuppie lifestyle of the 1980s. Bateman’s style, which is a feature of his obsessive narcissism, is that of the ultra-elegant businessman in tailored suits, and of course, the essential pale-blue striped shirt with tie and braces – an absolute must for the office wardrobe.
The third shirt is inspired by “Sonatine” (1993) by Takeshi Kitano, which is the story of a criminal, Murakawa, who decides to leave the gangster life of the Yakuza, but is forced by his boss to carry out one last job on the island of Okinawa. In a scene on the sunlit beach of Okinawa, we see Ryoji, one of Murakawa’s men, playing Russian roulette while wearing a cool Hawaiian shirt in red with a floral design.
The fourth movie is“The Great Gatsby” (2013), by Baz Luhrmann. Leonardo Di Caprio plays the character of Jay Gatsby, mysterious magnate in 1930s New York, who holds enormous, extravagant parties at his mansion. Gatsby pairs his ceremonial dinner suit with an elegant white shirt, in a bright fabric with Kent collar, concealed buttons and double cuffs with cufflinks. The height of sheer elegance.
Our last film is a great classic western, “The Magnificent Seven” (1960), directed by John Sturges. Set in the late 1800s, near the border between the USA and Mexico, Chris Adams hires six men to defend the village of Ixcatlan from Calavera’s marauding bandits. In one scene, Steve McQueen is at a bar in his cowboy hat and a denim shirt, a great classic that has made fashion history and has since become a wardrobe essential for men and women alike.
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