Six Iconic Fashion Moments in Film

We take a look at 6 Iconic Fashion Moments in Film

We take a look at 6 Iconic Fashion Moments in Film

Film is a visual medium, so it’s no surprise that some of the most notable moments in movies are all about fashion.

Costume design can recreate gorgeous period dress or imagine futuristic outfits. But some scenes are classics in large part because of the little details provided by perfect accessorizing.

Here are six of those iconic moments we think you’ll agree, make our point.

Do you have a favorite movie that you think portrays a memorable fashion moment? Drop us a line below in the comments and share it with us.


Breakfast at Tiffany’s

You can’t talk about fashion icons in film without talking about Audrey Hepburn, especially in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. While Holly Golightly’s little black dress is stunning, it’s the accessories that make her classic look: the big, dark tortoiseshell sunglasses; the glittery tiara; the long cigarette holder; the pearl and diamond necklace. Any girl in any black dress can turn herself into Holly Golightly just by throwing on just two or three of these pieces.


Indiana Jones

Perhaps the most well-known hat in film is the fedora worn by Indiana Jones. Initially director Steven Spielberg opted for the fedora to make it easier for stunt doubles to step in and take the place of actor Harrison Ford without the audience knowing. But the hat took on a life of its own, practically becoming its own character in the films to the point where Jones is rarely seen without it and filming was stopped whenever it blew off Ford’s head. The hat’s most iconic moment? When Indy risks getting crushed to reach for it after rolling under a swiftly-falling door in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.”


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

In the musical “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes,” Marilyn Monroe gave one of her most memorable performances, singing “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend,” in one of her most iconic outfits: a shocking pink silk dress with a giant bow, diamond jewelry everywhere, and the accessory that makes it all stand out: a pair of pink gloves that go nearly up to her shoulders. The dress and the diamonds are gorgeous, of course, but the gloves made the look. Monroe is surrounded by men in dark suits, making the pink stand out, and the tight dress allows her little movement so much of her choreography is done with her hands and arms. The outfit was doubly famous after Madonna wore a pink dress with pink gloves of her own in the music video for “Material Girl.”



A recent addition to iconic accessories in film is the white satin Scorpion jacket worn by Ryan Gosling in “Drive.” Costume designer Erin Benach wanted an iconic piece that would appear throughout the film, something that would feel like both a superhero and a regular guy. In the opening scene of the film, where Gosling is seen from the back looking down at the city immediately sets the tone of the film. Style pervades every moment of the movie, including another notable accessory: the brown leather driving gloves with holes in the knuckles seen in the movie’s chase scenes.


Top Gun

The movies of the 1980s truly exhibited the fashion and style of the decade. Consider Tom Cruise and the iconic sunglasses he wore in two of his most memorable movies. There’s his “Top Gun” aviators, of course, but the “Risky Business” Ray-Ban sunglasses that graced the movie poster and several of the movie’s scenes are the most memorable. Fans can recreate one of the most iconic movie costumes easily with just a pair of sunglasses, a button-down shirt, and some crew socks. If your classic Ray-Ban lenses have seen better days, consider upgrading them with replacement lenses to master the iconic look.


The Graduate

There are plenty of sexy moments in movies where characters undress, but one of the most remembered is actually a scene where a character puts her clothes back on. You know the image: Dustin Hoffman standing in the background, staring at a woman’s leg in a silk stocking in “The Graduate.” The stockings captured not only Mrs. Robinson’s sexuality, but also her age, since stockings were already well on the way out by 1967 when the film was released. Like many films with iconic fashion, the leopard print lingerie worn by Bancroft also showed her predatory nature and eager sexuality. With these choices, “The Graduate” was deliberately sexy without showing much skin.


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