Iconic Styles in Classic Movies

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961)

Elegant Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn), wearing custom-designed Givenchy black dress, has become one of the most recognizable characters right after the movie was out in 1961. “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has gained huge success and also glorified everything associated with it. In 2011 her famous sunglasses “Manhattan” by Oliver Goldsmith were reissued and sold out really fast. Thesong “Moon River” won Academy Award for Best Original Song and is considered one of the most memorable songs in Hollywood history, according to American Film Institute. Tiffany’s store was used as a film location for the first time, but gained such popularity after the movie, that managers never regretted their decision.

“And God created woman” (1956)

Innocent looking sex-kitten Brigitte Bardot, wearing Pierre Balmain designs, made a s
plash in American society when the movie reached the US. Her provocative freedom and a headstrong were seen as a phenomenon never seen on-screen before. She was a French answer to American sex-symbol Marilyn Monroe. Her sophisticated classic looks with a conscious body silhouette became a huge inspiration for many designers and fashionistas worldwide, enchanted by this beauty.

“Beauty of the Day” (1967)

Thanks to Yves Saint Laurent, who designed most of the costumes for “Beauty of the Day” (aka “Belle de Jour”), this movie has left a powerful mark on fashion in the film industry of the 60s. Catherine Deneuve, playing a bipolar, internally disoriented woman named Severine, grew in recognition both as an actress and as a model. Ranked #56 in Empire magazine’s list, The 100 Best Films of World Cinema, this movie perfectly complements the heritage of French cinema of the 20th century.

“Gilda” (1946)

Rita Hayworth, in her most alluring and memorable role as Gilda, made this American film noir truly interesting to watch, as her dazzling performance à la femme fatale captures viewer’s attention from the first minutes. Her glamorous looks by Jean Louis became timeless; beautifully composed music and dance numbers complement the movie making it unforgettable.


“How to marry a millionaire” (1953)

Bright, witty, vivid comedy with a dream cast of Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Betty Grable depicts adventures of three beautiful models in search of wealthy husbands in New York City. Eventually, they have a dilemma arisen: money or true love? The story and the moral of it of are still relevant nowadays what makes it so interesting to watch.

“Funny Face” (1957)

A timeless nominated for Oscar musical comedy with Audrey Hepbern with great dancing and beautiful songs which make it a classic. A romantic story about an intelligent bookstore keeper who becomes a fashion model, travels to Paris and finds her love. Elegant Givenchy designs, gorgeous looks, glamour and chic are seen throughout the whole movie. Audrey and Givenchy have made this movie truly iconic and you want to re-watch it all over again.