Team Picks: Film Fashion Moments
Here at the FAN EXPO HQ, our team is always nerding out over the world of fandom. On Team Picks, we share some of our favorite things we’ve been watching, reading and playing. This month, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Zoolander, we are sharing some of our fave fashion moments in film.
Zoolander dared to ask the question: did you ever think that maybe there’s more to life than being really, really, really, really ridiculously good-looking? And the answer, of course, is yes—there’s also clothes.
But on a serious note, costuming is such an essential part of the way movies tell stories, and we are here to celebrate that.
Here we go:
Scarlet Witch’s Transformation
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The first thing that comes to mind is Wanda’s transformation into the Scarlet Witch in WandaVision. It just felt like a really great moment for the character. Seizing control of our life path often comes with a change in how we present ourselves, and that’s exactly what we saw in that moment. Overall, I think style is great way to express that throughout life and our evolving identities.
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I know I’m zeroing on something relatively minor here, especially when Hela in Thor Ragnarok has such a strong look already (bodysuit, distinct smokey eyes, long raggedy hair). But that first time she puts her hands up and slicks back her hair, with the helmet appearing and almost springing forward on her head, is just perfect. Honestly, she does it several times in the movie and it hits me every time. I’m not over this casting choice, I’m not over this movie, and I’m not over this helmet. It’s fantastic.
I would have to pick the automated closet scene from Clueless. That was both organization and fashion goals all rolled into one epic montage. Amy Heckerling and Mona May created something I consider iconic to this day.
My fave iconic fashion movie moment would be the photoshoot sequence in Paris from Funny Face. It’s a five-minute segment of the movie showing how the magazine photographer (Fred Astaire) captures various photos of the main character (Audrey Hepburn) in different Givenchy outfits. The first shot is of a black, mid-length dress on a cloudy, grey day in Paris but the shot is so happy and joyous. The final scene in the sequence is of Audrey Hepburn at a beautiful, sunny country church in a white wedding dress with a very similar design to the first dress but the mood is kind of sad and melancholy. The way they paired the darker mood with the lighter scene and lighter mood with darker scene, while also contrasting the two scenes against each other just always really stuck with me.