I love noticing clothing styles in films, understanding a character through their fashion and, if it’s an older movie, appreciating how the clothing represents the era in which it was made. I’d like to do a regular feature of people in movies that I see as style icons and look at what made them so great.
So, to begin with, I’d like to look at Audrey Hepburn in “Funny Face.” She has a beautifully simplistic style in this film. Audrey plays Jo Stockton, a bookstore clerk who loves contemplating philosophy. She is roped into modeling for a photo shoot for a fashion magazine in return for a trip to Paris, during which she gets to see her favorite philosopher. Along the way she discovers a lot about life and love. Edith Head designed the costumes for the film and did an immaculate job.
Edith is really deserving of a post all her own…yes. That will definitely be coming someday.
But back to the film and its stunning style. In her personal life, Jo’s style is very simple and utilitarian. Throughout the film she wears a uniform of slim black pants, a black top and loafers. While I don’t generally love monochromatic palettes, there is something about this type of relaxed all-black look that is very sleek without being overdone.
When she’s modeling for photo shoots during her trip to Paris, the style she is dressed in is very different, but equally lovely. This side of her looks features classic fifties style, with mid-calf, full dresses, skirt suits and overstated hats. And there are a couple of gorgeous evening gowns. I think the costumes here give a perfect peek into what women were really wearing at the time.
Many of these looks are very timeless as well, and we could wear outfits just like these in real life – longer, fuller skirts have even come back in style! Sometimes it’s nice to think less about what we’re wearing and simply take a cue from what has already been put together. Go classic.
Sources: image one – source unknown; image two via Lacquered Life