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août182011

Film To Fashion: The Lisbon Sisters

I am excited to introduce a new feature on the site: "Film To Fashion" as conceived by the amazing Dara Block, editor-at-large for Los Angeles. For her first "Film To Fashion" column, Dara explores the influence on fashion of Sofia Coppola's film The Virigin Suicides, illustrating her thoughts with images from the Rodarte and Marc Jacobs collections for Fall/Winter 2010. A thousand thanks, Dara, and may I say that you are the stone fox of writers...

Lately, I have been thinking about the fashion influence of Sofia Coppola's films. I think in every one of her films you can definitely see how style plays a significant part. I remember back in 1999 when I first saw The Virgin Suicides I was completely mesmerized by the dreamlike appearance and the moody tone of the film. Sofia Coppola captured such a vivid and fascinating portrait of youth and lost innocence in 1970s suburbia. There is so much that I admire about this film... the unique visual style, the soundtrack featuring music by the French band, Air, and of course, the costumes. Coppola worked closely with costume designer Nancy Steiner to achieve a look that was straight up 1970s. Steiner referenced Bill Owens' 1973 photo book Suburbia for inspiration and found most of the clothing at thrift shops. The costumes in the film feature lots of delicate, romantic baby-doll dresses, ruffled tops, flat leather wedges, Converse sneakers, and of course, plenty of girlish 1970s style eyelet and lace. I believe each Lisbon sister is fashionable in her own unique and individual way. Personally, I have always admired the style of libertine Lux and angelic Cecilia... their images always resonate in my mind. Interestingly enough, now I am starting to realize what an impact this film has had on some of today's leading fashion designers.... let's take a closer look!

Recently, I was looking back at Rodarte's Fall/Winter 2010 collection and I couldn't help but think of The Virgin Suicides. That season, Kate and Laura Mulleavy were very much inspired by the concept of sleepwalking. Some of the white dresses from that show had such a whimsical, yet ethereal ghost-bride quality to them, almost reminding me of Cecilia Lisbon.... I could easily see her wearing these white gowns.

I love the way the Mulleavy sisters worked with such a soft color palette and how they intricately incorporated lace and pearls with this collecton. If you look closely at the details such as the bold textures with patchwork and the layering of lace it definitely looks so Virgin Suicides.

Perhaps I am also reminded of the Lisbon sisters at prom or maybe even that scene when they are listening to music in nightgowns in their bedroom... I know that the Mulleavys are very much influenced by film, but I still am quite unsure if Coppola's film was the main inspiration. Subconsciously, they must have had this film in the back of their minds.... at any rate, I love the youthful, lost-innocence feeling of these dresses, and perhaps, now you can see The Virgin Suicides effect on this collection!

Oddly enough, it wasn't just the Mulleavy sisters influenced by this film, but also Marc Jacobs. I thought his Fall/Winter 2010 collection had a slight Virgin Suicides feeling, which doesn't really come as a surprise, since Sofia Coppola is Jacob's main muse. There were two looks in particular that made me think of the film... Jacobs designed some long gray skirts... One especially, had a black matching jacket that reminded me so much of the Lisbon sisters at school.

I can definitely see a a 1970s Catholic school girl influence in this collection. In addition, I couldn't help but notice that Jacobs featured some retro, yet, romantic dress shapes that season... also reminding me very much of the Lisbon sisters at prom or even Lux Lisbon at home in her nightgown. I thought Marc Jacobs designed such a dainty and feminine 70s inspired collection... very much embodying The Virgin Suicides.

As you can see, both Rodarte and Marc Jacobs are very much intrigued by the look of the doomed Lisbon sisters. This film is very influential in terms of style. In fact, whenever I think of the film, the first image that comes to mind are those translucent white nightgowns worn by the Lisbons. I truly believe that the costumes play such a vital part in the film, almost like a character. Coppola did an excellent job of recreating that perfect 1970s suburbia look. Her choice of costumes really captures the essence of the story. Through each character's fashion choices, the viewer fully comprehends that sometimes awkward, yet uncomfortable feeling of being a teenager. Perhaps, that weird stage of feeling like a girl and a woman. This is something that I think the Mulleavy sisters and Marc Jacobs understand completely... as they both design clothes for sophisticated women and innocent teens... Somehow, I feel that in the future, many more designers will be inspired by this film for their collections... whether through the costumes, the music, or for the dreamy poetic visual style. Sofia Coppola proves that she is not only a gifted director, but a trendsetter in fashion as well. This is definitely a film that has its own individual look... I guess you could say it's the stone fox of stylish films!

The Virgin Suicides film stills © 2000 Paramount Classics. Marc Jacobs images © 2010 Marc Jacobs. Rodarte images © 2010 Rodarte. All Rights Reserved.

Reader Comments (17)

dara spots it all the time! this movie is a total inspiration on these designers.
19 août 2011 | Unregistered Commentererika
You know it, Erika! I love the way Dara keeps a mental inventory of images and readily relates them in the most interesting manner. So inspiring! Thanks for your comment.
19 août 2011 | Registered Commenterkellina
this post is AWESOME!!!
Rodarte, Marc Jacobs, and The Virgin Suicides, AMAZING!!
:D
19 août 2011 | Unregistered Commenterlilly
Un post che merita una traduzione in italiano!!!
19 août 2011 | Unregistered Commentergala
Cool, Lilly, thank you so much for your comment! Besos
20 août 2011 | Registered Commenterkellina
Gala, what a sweet compliment! This is a good idea.

Gala, che un complimento dolce! Questa è una buona idea.
20 août 2011 | Registered Commenterkellina
The Rodarte dressess is very similar to Balenciaga spring 06
20 août 2011 | Unregistered Commenterberniebaronessmitford
Fabulous, creative, and insightful article. "The Virgin Suicides" is such a great movie...it kind of sticks with you long after viewing it.
20 août 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate
I've never seen the movie but totally have to now. I have too many assignments on my Netflix queue--I can't watch them fast enough!
24 août 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
True, Bernie, good eye!
24 août 2011 | Registered Commenterkellina
Thanks, Kate, I am so glad you like it! Totally agree, Virgin Suicides comes to mind for me at the oddest times.
24 août 2011 | Registered Commenterkellina
Laura, not sure what else is in queue but you may want to move this one to the top of your list. Glad you made it back from the beach.
24 août 2011 | Registered Commenterkellina
Haha! I just watched it on instant Netflix. I didn't know the book was written by Jeffrey Eugenides. Coincidentally, I run a book club, Romauns DC, that just read an anthology by him entitled, My Mistress' Sparrow is dead. Now I recall someone said something about the Virgin Suicides. Eugenides was inspired by what he says is the first known love story. In it a man is jealous of his love's pet. Mistress' Sparrow collects many of Eugenides' artist friends' favorite love stories. Some of the book club was disappointed by this book because they didn't read the introduction that makes it clear that these stories, and indeed all love stories, do not necessarily end well.
24 août 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Okay, Miss Book Club, now what did you think of Sofia's film? Thanks for the tangent, that anthology sounds lovely.
24 août 2011 | Registered Commenterkellina
I enjoyed it, and the cast. The Michael Pare bit seemed a bit superfluous though. How strange that Trip would leave her like that. I would gladly have spent time with them a little longer.
24 août 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
And now I have the urge to go dress like a very very large 40-yr-old Catholic school girl...I should probably resist that one.
25 août 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLaura
Hee hee, I think you are right to resist your impulse! Sofia's fashion influence is undeniable though, I am sure the pull is strong...
25 août 2011 | Registered Commenterkellina

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