Friday, May 13, 2011

Fashion in Film: Metropolis [ModLife]

Fashion in Film: Metropolis: "

One of the astoundingly beautiful ensembles in Metropolis features tiered panniers, a sheer, draped shawl, and, to top it off, a tricorn hat!

Not every film is fashionable, but every now and then, I’ll see something so stylishly inspirational in those beams of light streaming onto my screen that I just have to share! Cue my latest fashion-in-film obsession, Metropolis, a 1927 German silent film about a futuristic urban dystopia.

In Metropolis, the divide between the elites and working class is dramatically played out in their dress. While the workers toil in plain, shapeless uniforms, director Fritz Lang adorned his upper class with looks influenced by the decadence of the twenties and 18th century, with Poiret-silhouettes, panniers, headpieces, and beading galore!

Due to the age of the film, much of the original footage has been lost. Still, there are still hours of gorgeous shots, like the close-up above, which depicts a socialite’s makeup — thin crescent eyebrows and a Kewpie doll pout. Also, how fascinating is her headpiece?

(Do you think Marie Antoinette be jealous of Lang’s modern take on the pannier, or completely abhor them?)

Metropolis may be a silent film, but you’ll find that its style speaks volumes. Sure, Lang was a little off with his vision of fashion in the future, but, who knows, it’s probably only a matter of time before Marc Jacobs sends a pannier down the catwalks!

What are your favorite fashionable films?


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