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The Virgin Suicides: 70s Schoolgirl Style

Special thanks to Francesca Keller from La Dolce Moda who will share her passion for Sofia Coppola in a series of posts, each focusing on one of Sofia's films and illustrated in Francesca's darling style of collage. In today's post, Francesca looks at the 70s schoolgirl style that Sofia Coppola captured so memorably in The Virgin Suicides.

The Virgin Suicides: 70s Schoolgirl Style
By Francesca Keller

The Virgin Suicides, Sofia Coppola’s first feature film. The year was 1999, and Coppola had already directed her own short film entitled "Lick the Star."

Sofia wrote the screenplay for The Virgin Suicides based on Jeffrey Eugenides’s 1993 namesake novel. She has since written all of her films, “To me, it’s a part of making a film: dreaming up in your mind the movie you want to make. That’s the starting point for me. I’ve never worked from someone else’s script.”

The beautiful drama is actually a feast for the eyes, every single scene just highlights how aesthetically pleasing all of the Sofia Coppola movies are. Moreover, the coming of age film is set in suburban Michigan, where the five Lisbon sisters live, naïve, youthful, and distressed. Coppola perfectly captures the thrilling and intense teenage angst amongst the five blonde sisters as they struggle with life and womanhood.

The film is also largely well known for the retro 70s Catholic schoolgirl style that has helped the film become as iconic as it is today. The vintage preppy style of The Virgin Suicides has influenced a variety of fashion designers, such as Sofia Coppola’s longtime fashion friend Marc Jacobs, and it also inspired countless editorial shoots for Nylon, Interview, and many, many more magazines.

I constantly reminisce on the beautiful 70s prom scene, the virginal (almost nightgown-like) dresses, or when Lux (played by Kirsten Dunst) is crowned homecoming queen with the beautiful Trip (Josh Hartnett). And my heart doesn’t cease to break when Lux wakes up alone after spending the night with Trip — in a football field, might I add — and has to take a taxi home.

Sofia Coppola became a household name in Hollywood, not just as the offspring of the amazing Francis Ford Coppola, but as a successful and talented director — and artist — herself. I love the dreamlike and sweet melancholic film. And, staying true to all Sofia Coppola films, the fashion is stunning and truly iconic. The film’s virginal and naïve 70s schoolgirl style is regularly referenced in the fashion world.

What do you think of Sofia Coppola’s first masterpiece? Are you a fan of the 70s preppy fashion?

View the trailer for The Virgin Suicides

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