Friday, February 26, 2010
Fashion in the Movies - Funny Face 1957
Not one of the better known Audrey Hepburn movies, but what better movie to profile fashion with than a movie about fashion itself!
Stanley Donan's "Funny Face" is the story of a snobby intellectual bookshop girl who is discovered by fashion photographer Fred Astaire and lured with a trip to Paris to become a fashion model. This movie may be best known for it's modern day usage of the beatnik club scene for a Gap ad.
I love this movie, not just because of the great Hepburn shots and Astaire dancing, but it's a great glimse into 1957 era "High" fashion, and everyday working girl looks.
Naturally, Best Costume Design Oscar Nominations went out for Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy.
Hepburn has the classic 50s look - it goes without saying, of course her clothes are fabulous, but I love everything else from the suits of the everyday girls around the magazine office to the sleek chic beanik fashions in the jazz club.
Not only is Hepburn the epitome of glamour in her fashion shots, I totally love her look as the dowdy shopgirl!
I can't go without mentioning Kay Thompson who is captures classic 50's style as the editor of Quality. Trivia Note: Kat Thompson is probably best known as creator and author of the Eloise series of books; A character she is said to have created based on the antics of her goddaughter Liza Minnelli.
Here she is in the opening number "Think Pink" - a great stylized romp in PINK.
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