Today on Twitter, Bright Wall/Dark Room (@BWDR) decided to “class it up” for their regular Sunday twitter focus and asked followers to send their favorite #MovieDresses.
I had such fun looking at images to tweet ten of my favorites that I thought I would share my selections here. So, if the news is getting you down, here is some pretty to brighten up your week.
Of course, I probably could have chosen ten images from just Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn films, but I tried to have a mix of old and new and fantastical.
For my first selection, I went with a dress that struck me back in my Hitchcock project days, when I voted Madeleine Carroll in Secret Agent as “Best Dressed” in my post on Hitchcock’s British Talkies.
To represent Grace Kelly, although I could have chosen any number of dresses from Hitchcock films (she got “Best Dressed” in my Master of Suspense post), I instead went with her wedding dress in High Society—I do so love sleeves.
To represent Audrey Hepburn, I went with my favorite color—pink! (Otherwise, I might have chosen the lovely party dress from the black & white Sabrina above.) Shockingly, this pink outfit is not from Funny Face, but rather Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Sticking with a 1950s look, we fast forward to my pick for Best Costumes only one year ago: The Dressmaker. (I should probably run out and see Phantom Thread, shouldn’t I?)
Another 2016 film that had great dresses was Jackie. Here is Natalie Portman wearing Dior in that film.
Although I found the costuming in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina a bit slapdash overall, I coveted many of the dresses. This is just one of them.
While Anna Karenina did in fact get the Oscar for Best Costume, there was another nominee that year whose costumes I thought worked better to tell the story at hand and that was Snow White and the Huntsman. Ravenna’s look in that film would be great for Game of Thrones cosplay.
On the other hand, if you want to keep it simple—on your yacht—there is this number that Bérénice Marlohe wears in Skyfall.
I don’t know if this dress has pockets, but, if we are to believe Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman, it does hide a sword quite nicely.
Another dress I wrote about back in the day, when I talked about Cinderella and Jupiter Ascending, both of which had gorgeous costumes. This is Mila Kunis’s wedding dress from Jupiter Ascending.
So, those were the ten I originally tweeted. Here are a few I was reminded of while perusing the hashtag.
I nearly kicked myself when I realized I had forgotten this Eva Marie Saint number from North By Northwest. And, looking at it now, I see why I chose the dress I did for the opening night of the San Francisco Opera.
I don’t think I ever would have remembered it offhand, but I love this Monet-like dress that Carey Mulligan wears in An Education.
While I have never seen the film, I should have remembered this killer Hedy Lamarr dress from Samson and Delilah that I saw at the Hollywood Costume exhibit in Los Angeles.
And lastly, but certainly not least, the dress from one of my favorite cinema moments ever: when Bette Davis wears a red dress to the Olympus Ball, where all unmarried women are expected to wear white. Of course, since Jezebel is in black & white, you lose the full impact of the dress, shown here in all its glory.
Check out the hashtag #MovieDresses to see what looks others love and add your own!