I Want To Be A Coppola

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œuvres de Sofia Coppola

Lick the Star (1998)

The Virgin Suicides (1999)

Lost in Translation (2003)

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Somewhere (2010)

The Bling Ring (2013)


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IWTBAC White Mug

I Want To Be An Alt

I Want To Be A Battaglia

I Want To Be A Roitfeld


Larry Clark Stuff, Japanese Edition
By Larry Clark


Where'd You Get Those? 10th Anniversary Edition: New York City's Sneaker Culture: 1960-1987
By Bobbito Garcia


Horst: Photographer of Style
By Philippe Garner, Claire Wilcox, Robin Muir


Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look
By Rebecca C. Tuite


Back in the Days
By Jamel Shabazz, Fab 5 Freddy, Ernie Paniccioli


Philip-Lorca diCorcia: Eleven
By Dennis Freedman, Philip-Lorca diCorcia


By Diego Uchitel


By Bill Owens


The Wes Anderson Collection
By Matt Zoller Seitz and Michael Chabon

Entries in Sofia Coppola (145)


Sofia Coppola's Library


10 X 10 Haig Beck, Jackie Cooper
A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life
Slim Aaron
Rinko Kawauchi
Craig Ellwood
Neil Jackson
David Hockney
Paul Melia and Ulrich Luckhardt
Eve Babitz
Franny and Zooey
J. D. Salinger

Goodbye Baby and Amen David Bailey
Helmut Newton Portraits
John Currin
John Currin
Juergen Teller: Marc Jacobs Advertising 1998-2009
Juergen Teller
Living Room
Nick Waplington
Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert

Marie Antoinette: The Journey Antonia Fraser
Music for Torching
A.M. Homes
Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter
Antonia Fraser
New Waves
Takashi Homma

Rachel Feinstein

Richard Prince Rosetta Brooks, Jeff Rian
Room 606: The Sas House and the Work of Arne Jacobsen Michael A. Sheridan
Ed Ruscha Richard D. Marshall
Edward Ruscha Stains, 1971 to 1975
Spring Snow Yukio Mishima
The Hawkline Monster Richard Brautigan
The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides
White Women Helmut Newton
William Eggleston William Eggleston


All That Jazz
Bugsy Malone
La Notte
Paper Moon

Rumble Fish
Sixteen Candles
Taxi Driver
The Last Picture Show
The Thief of Bagdad
The White Ribbon


Avalon Roxy Music
Captain Vapour Athletes Buffalo Daughter
Entertainment! Gang of Four
From Left to Right Bill Evans
In Search of... N.E.R.D.

Living in a Magazine Zoot Woman
Loveless My Bloody Valentine
Mark's Keyboard Repair Money Mark
Maxinquaye Tricky
MTV Unplugged in New York Nirvana

One From the Heart Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle
Power, Corruption & Lies New Order
Prince Prince
Rough Trade Shops: Electronic 01 Various Artists

Photographs of Sofia Coppola courtesy of Condé Nast and habituallychic.com. All Rights Reserved.
Images of books, films, and music in Sofia Coppola's library courtesy of amazon.com.


Sofia Coppola On Charlotte Rampling

Extra special thanks to Dara Block, our savvy editor-at-large in Los Angeles, who searched her considerable archive of magazines and came up with a description of Sofia Coppola's most treasured clipping, a photograph of Charlotte Rampling by Helmut Newton that continues to inspire Sofia to this day. I hope that you will enjoy reading Dara's impressions of this iconic image and Sofia's feelings for it.

I don't know about you, but whenever I read Vogue US, I always immediately skip the pages to see who is the guest writer for the nostalgia section of the magazine. I remember back in October 2003 I was so excited to discover that Sofia Coppola was the mystery writer for that issue. I found it so thrilling to learn that when Sofia was growing up, she often felt that magazines were her link to the rest of the world.... 

In this particular article, Sofia Coppola discusses her teenage life in Napa Valley and how she would post her favorite Vogue images to her wall for inspiration. One of those photographs posted on her wall was Helmut Newton's iconic 1974 Vogue portrait of a nude, reclining Charlotte Rampling. To Sofia, that image of a naked Charlotte Rampling seemed to be the ultimate portrait of a woman. In the article, Sofia states: "I like photos that have a story to them. This picture could almost be a still from a film: It makes me think about what just happened and what will happen next. There's something going on between her and the photographer, the way he's looking at her and she's looking back at him. She's so striking and cool, and you can tell she's smart. Who doesn't want to be that?" I think Sofia's analysis of that Charlotte Rampling photo is articulated beautifully... she really understands the true meaning behind this provocative image. It is obvious what a deep impression that Helmut Newton photograph has made on her life.

It was not just this photo of Rampling that Sofia Coppola grew up admiring, but also other photos from iconic women like Tina Chow, Paloma Picasso, and Anjelica Huston. Sofia cleverly states in the article: "I remember I met Anjelica when I was fourteen. She told me I would grow into my nose, which I appreciated." I have always admired Sofia's approach towards beauty and how she always accepted herself for who she is... she has never fallen into that terrible Hollywood trap of trying to be someone she was not.

Sofia also mentions how her mom encouraged her at such a young age to start collecting art. Her first piece was a William Klein photo of a woman smoking with roses on her hat, which was actually given to her as a gift by her mother. To this day, Sofia is still a passionate art collector. Her favorite pieces in her collection are by Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Richard Prince, Takashi Homma, Larry Sultan, and Elizabeth Peyton, to name just a few. Sofia then discusses how she spent most of her 20s slowly trying to figure out what she wanted to do with her life. She mentions going to art school, studying painting, getting into photography, and then starting a clothing line, she dabbled in costume design as well. Eventually, all this led her to making her first short film, Lick the Star. About finding her calling, Sofia states: "Making movies combines so many different areas that I like, and it's always really challenging. I enjoy the visual aspect, working with the cinematographer and the costume designer. I get involved in all those details." She then goes on to talk about how the idea of girls and women as photography subjects will always interest her as a filmmaker. She is very much intrigued by female characters trying to find their identity and individuality... just look to films like The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation, and Marie Antoinette... very much a common theme in her work.

By the end of the article, Sofia claims that when she is working on a film she loves to put together books of visual concepts even if she has no idea of how she will relate it to her final project. I think Sofia closes her article brilliantly by saying: "I still love looking at magazines and tearing pages out, and I still have that Charlotte Rampling picture on my wall." It is so refreshing to know that Sofia hasn't changed much... she will always be that same teenage girl growing up in Napa Valley admiring the beauty and art of fashion magazines... it seems like she was always so cool right from the start!

[Editor's note: Sofia also shares in the article, "I tried to buy the Rampling photo a few years ago, but it was so expensive!" She is absolutely right, here are a few details about one of the prints from the shoot which was offered for sale recently:

Charlotte Rampling at the Hotel Nord Pinus II, Arles, 1973.
Oversized gelatin silver print, printed later. 
62 1/2 x 42 5/8 in. (158.8 x 108.3 cm).
Titled, dated, numbered 2/3 in ink and estate credit stamp on the reverse of the aluminum flush-mount.
Estimate: $120,000-180,000.]

Sofia Coppola in "I Wanna Be Like You" for Vogue US © 2003 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.
Charlotte Rampling photograph © 1974 Helmut Newton. All Rights Reserved.


Sofia Coppola's First Role

It is hard to believe that Sofia Coppola is so cool that she made her acting debut at the tender age of three weeks at the climax of one of the greatest films of all times, but thanks to her father's vision (and impeccable timing) she did just that. Francis Ford Coppola cast his infant daughter Sofia as Michael Corleone's godson, Michael Rizzi, in the famous baptism scene from The Godfather. It is impossible to describe the intensity of the sequence unto itself as well as its magnitude within the framework of the film and there in the midst of the action is baby Sofia! Perhaps this is when her predilection for androgynous fashion began...

Sofia Coppola in The Godfather film stills © 1972 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.


Vogue Paris December 2004/January 2005: Sofia Coppola

I am delighted to share with you this review of Vogue Paris by our brilliant editor-at-large Dara Block in which she explores the December 2004/January 2005 issue for which Carine Roitfeld chose Sofia Coppola as guest editor. I love Sofia's style and Dara's review, I hope you will enjoy reading it, too. [Editor's note: Perhaps you have already read Dara's review when it was published on I Want To Be A Roitfeld but it is so good that I am reprinting it here just in case you missed it the first time.]

I think if I had to pick a favorite guest editor of Vogue Paris I would have to say Sofia Coppola. I don’t really like to pick favorites with these issues, but there was something so personal and unique about her role as guest editor. Sofia grew up reading Vogue Paris and the magazine remains a constant source of inspiration in her life to this day. Sofia Coppola definitely has the style, the sophistication, and most importantly the incredible eye, she was clearly the perfect choice to guest edit the magazine — almost like a match made in Vogue Paris heaven!

First of all, let’s just talk about the amazing cover! I remember when I first saw this cover I could not take my eyes off of it. The black and white photo was shot by Mario Testino and styled by Carine Roitfeld. I have always felt that Roitfeld and Testino were such a dynamic duo… it's all about artistic collaboration between the two and I love how their styles blend so perfectly together. What is so interesting about Roitfeld and Testino is that they completely understand the power of an iconic image. This cover is quintessential Sofia Coppola. She looks so stunning in that Marc Jacobs dress and I think what I love most is the expression on her face. She appears a little mysterious yet completely chic with those shy eyes smiling back at you. I knew right away from that look in her eyes that this was going to be a memorable issue.

As you open the magazine, you get to peek behind the scenes as Sofia Coppola puts together her issue of Vogue Paris, something you rarely see in the guest editor issues. Notice how Sofia styles her hair like Carine Roitfeld. I love how comfortable she felt in this role, she looks quite natural seated at Carine's desk. I truly believe that if Sofia Coppola had not chosen to become a filmmaker she could easily be an editor of a fashion magazine.

The first part of the magazine is entitled "Les choix de Sofia" and features some of Sofia Coppola’s favorite things for spring 2005. Her favorites include an Yves Saint Laurent caftan, a satin Prada handbag, a 6.15-carat Harry Winston diamond heart pendant, French macarons, and of course an incredibly chic selection of Marc Jacobs shoes… Sofia’s signature!

Personally, I love how quirky and girlie this part of the magazine is… it almost feels like a scene from her film, Marie Antoinette. Perhaps it has something to do with the way she styles and photographs the shoes, diamonds, and macarons; Marie Antoinette features so many moments similar to this. If you take a closer look at these pictures you might see how she could have used this collage as inspiration for her movie.

After Sofia’s spring must-haves comes a little Polaroid bonus section called "Bar Select" which features Sofia, Mademoiselle Agnès, Carine Roitfeld, and her daughter Julia, all modeling various form fitting jackets which seems to be a staple look in Sofia’s closet… I can totally see why, so chic!

Next comes "Les Bibles de Sofia" in which Sofia Coppola shares with readers some of her favorite artists and photographers that have influenced her personal and filmmaking style. She references photographer Helmut Newton and artists Richard Prince and Elizabeth Peyton, just to name a few. I love that she finds inspiration from all types of visual mediums. I don't know why, but I feel that whenever I watch her films I always want to know more about what her main inspirations were for certain scenes... If you are interested in her visual and creative style like me then this section is for you!

Shortly after, we get to see her portfolio entitled "Grande Personne." This editorial features gorgeous photos taken of Sofia Coppola by photographer David Sims. She looks very much like the subject of a Renaissance painting with her semi-nude look and those long hair extensions. I have always admired the look and style of Sofia Coppola’s hair whether it is long or short. Her hair always blends perfectly to the outfit she is wearing!

Following this layout comes "Snap-shots Personnels" which happens to be my favorite part of the issue. This section is truly classic Sofia Coppola. The reader gets to see the secret world of Sofia Coppola captured in pictures and collage. We first look at the creative influence her family and friends have had on her life: her father, Francis Ford Coppola; her mother, Eleanor; and her brother, Roman. Sofia comes from such a cultured and artistic family, it is really no surprise where she gets her talent from...

After, we get to see even more stylish moments from her life. Sofia proudly plays the role of model and we see her pose in her very own classic Dior homme suit which appears to be one of her all time favorite looks. I can see why!

Next, we see her posing in her shoes at the famed Château Marmont in Los Angeles, her hotel of choice and the inspiration for her most recent film, Somewhere.

We also get to see a montage of the women that have influenced her personal style. Some of her fashion icons include Lauren Hutton, Diana Vreeland, and Angelica Huston. I love that Sofia chose women with such distinct senses of style.

Last but not least, Sofia concludes this section with a photo take of her and her best friend and fashion designer Marc Jacobs. I have always loved this photo of the two in bed together, I think they will always be fashion soul mates.

Next comes some sexy shots of Sofia Coppola, photographed by Mario Testino and styled by Carine Roitfeld…. I love that this powerhouse duo brought out the hidden sexy side of her...

Following this editorial comes "Professeur de Désir," a very candid interview through email exchanges between Sofia Coppola and her iconic father, Francis, in which she receives advice on filmmaking. I think it is obvious what an impact her father has had upon her as writer and as a director.

The last editorial entitled "Crinière Wet Look" features Sofia Coppola in a very Bow Wow Wow, soft punk inspired look captured by photographer Craig McDean. I can’t help but also think of Siouxsie Sioux from Siouxsie and the Banshees in this layout. I always love the way Sofia incorporates music in her films and also the way it influences her personal style. She really captures a very cool 80s punk-glam theme in this part of the issue.

The issue ends with an interesting section called "Box-Office." Sofia Coppola asked some of her famous friends like Faye Dunaway, Quentin Tarantino, and Pedro Almodóvar to list and analyze their five favorite films. I always find it inspiring when artists and creative types share the films that have influenced them the most. I think that is what also sets Vogue Paris apart from many other fashion magazines — they understand that style is not only about fashion but film as well.

Overall, I think it is safe to say that Sofia Coppola really brought so much style and originality to the pages of Vogue Paris. I think what I admire most about her role as guest editor is that she brilliantly managed to combine film, fashion, and music into one in this magazine. Her knowledge of style is quite incredible and I love that her issue feels almost as personal as one of her films. There is something very in-depth and intimate about the way Sofia shares her interests... it almost feels like I am having a personal discussion with her about all the things that have inspired her. I think this issue shows that she is not just a style icon but a tastemaker as well. Carine Roitfeld summed it up best in 2005 when asked what it was like to work with Sofia Coppola for the December/January issue: “She could replace me tomorrow. She’s got the right eye. She’s energetic, she’s gifted, and she’s got taste.” Need I say more…

Vogue Paris editorial images © 2004 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.
Carine Roitfeld and Sofia Coppola photographs courtesy of Getty Images and Abaca Press


I Want To Be A Coppola

If you have read along with my I Want To Be series of sites, you may have noticed the accent on fashion and style and you may now be asking, "Why Sofia Coppola?" If you have visited I Want To Be A Roitfeld, you probably know that Carine Roitfeld is my first love, so I am going to let her explain this one: "Why Sofia Coppola?" she was asked with regard to her choice of guest editors for Vogue Paris. Carine replied in her candid manner, "Well, two years ago she was not that famous in France. Now she's everywhere... she's married to a French (Thomas Mars, leader of Phoenix)... she did Marie Antoinette... Why her? Well, because I think she is 'la fille du moment.' We love her films, music she chooses for her movies, etc. She's very fashion, her movies are very 'fashion'... I think she really likes France." I thinks she sums it up nicely...

Sofia Coppola photograph © 2004 Condé Nast. All Rights Reserved.

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