Jean Paul Gaultier for The Fifth Element
Haute-couturier Jean Paul Gaultier designed many of the iconic, uber-futuristic costumes featured in Luc Besson's 1997 film The Fifth Element. Included in the 954 costumes Gaultier created for the film are the cruise attendants' purple uniforms, Chris Tucker's leopard bodysuit, and Milla Jovovich's infamous revealing white bandage ensemble. If these costumes aren't what fashion in the future looks like, we don't know if we want to live in that future. We just won't live in it!
Manolo Blahnik for Marie Antoinette
Sofia Coppola enlisted Manolo Blahnik to design shoes fit for a queen for her 2006 film Marie Antoinette. The result? Frilly, candy-colored shoes so decorative they could have been toppings on a cake. We hope these come back in style. Tomorrow.
Hubert de Givenchy for Sabrina, Funny Face, and Breakfast At Tiffany's
Hubert de Givenchy met Audrey Hepburn in 1953 while designing costumes for the film Funny Face, including the iconic red gown pictured above. He went on to costume her in nearly all of her films and was responsible for one of the most iconic pieces of fashion in the history of cinema -- Hepburn's Little Black Dress in Breakfast At Tiffany's. What a classy, classy man.
Rodarte for Black Swan
Design duo (and sisters) Laura and Kate Mulleavy of Rodarte designed some of the gorgeous ballet costumes in the 2010 film Black Swan, starring (Rodarte friend) Natalie Portman. The Mulleavy sisters altered their initial designs to fit the unique needs of the dancers, constructing head pieces out of burnt copper and layering tulle to make tutus as light as possible. The product was a series of ballerina outfits both delicate and, ultimately, somewhat sinister. (Though these horror-film loving sisters probably didn't care about blood getting on their tutus.)
Raf Simons for Jill Sander for I Am Love
Costume designer Antonella Cannarozzi called on Raf Simons for Jil Sander to outfit Tilda Swinton's wardrobe for the film. Swinton, who plays a wealthy matriarch of a Milanese family whose trade is in the fashion business, dons some classically minimalist looks for the film that can only be the work of Raf Simons. The men's wardrobe in the movie was also designed by a high profile designer, Silvia Venturini Fendi, who oversees Fendi's accessories.
Giorgio Armani for American Gigolo
Although the film as a whole was costumed by Bernadene C. Mann, the Armani suits that Richard Gere wears in American Gigolo not only contributed to the overall definition of his stylish and narcissistic character, it also helped spark the 1980's trend in impeccable suit tailoring by Italian designers. To this day, American Gigolo always brings the work of Giorgio Armani to mind. Well, sex probably comes to mind first... but also Armani.
Raf Simons for Body Art
Raf Simons is costuming again for the upcoming Luca Guadigno film Body Art, starring Isabelle Huppert as a body artist and Sigourney Weaver as a journalist. Whether or not the costumes will exhibit the decadent aesthetic of Christian Dior, the house Simons now helms, isn't certain, but we know one thing: they're going to be really, really beautiful.