Published on February 24, 2013 | by Harriet Sokmensuer


A century of fashion in film

The cast of Mr Selfridge

2013 is sees a decade of fashion unfold on the big screen. [image: ITV]

This year the entertainment world is going back in time and it seems for every modern day movie or television show there is a period piece and nostalgic trend to match.

Hollywood films and TV dramas have always influenced current trends. If fashion designers are to interpret the styles seen on the big screen this year, they will have a lot of work on their hands.

Most entertainment debuting in 2013 is set in iconic fashion eras throughout the twentieth century.

When AMC’s Mad Men aired in 2007, all things ’50s made a comeback, so much so that Banana Republic is working on their third instalment of their popular Mad Men collection which is sure to include poodle skirts, tie clips and sharp tailoring.

A thing of the past

And more recently, ’80s fashion made a celebrated comeback with shoulder pads and costume jewellery reintroduced in abundance.

Not only are past TV shows being reinvented for today’s audience but many already have prequels created. Take for instance one of HBO’s popular show Sex and the City. Last winter a prequel to the original came out titled The Carrie Diaries.

Hollywood films and TV dramas have always influenced current trends.

It is unlikely this will replace the gaping tutu-shaped hole in your heart that has been there ever since Sex and the City ended, but it will definitely be a part of the 2013 obsession with the past.

Rewind just over a century from now and you have got the setting for ITV1’s Mr Selfridge. This drama centres on the flamboyant American who founded every shoppers dream: Selfridges. The show has mixed reviews for its storyline, however the fantastic costumes and intricate sets of an Edwardian London are a visual treat.

It is definitely no surprise that Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is the most anticipated film of the year. With the gripping storyline and Leonardo DiCaprio and Carrie Mulligan taking the lead roles it is not hard to see why.

Rising waistlines

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel – and soon-to-be box office hit – is already influencing the runways. Last year we saw waistlines rise, as high-waisted skirts filled the shops, but now the catwalks are sporting drop waists – the Great Gatsby has to be partly responsible for this.

It will be interesting to see how the high street reintroduces glitz and glamour and the flapper style later this year.

Bill Murray has been in and out of the limelight for years now but this year he is back in the film Hyde Park on Hudson. The story follows US president Franklin D. Roosevelt, hosting King George VI for a weekend, while sleeping with a distant cousin.

2013 promises to be the year we all remember the good old days.

It has received mixed reviews. However, if you are a sucker for those classic early twentieth century fashion pieces such as the famous two-piece jersey knit, introduced by Coco Chanel, then this film is a great way to see them in their prime.

Over 20 years after the ’90s began, platforms, dungarees, and ripped-off crop-tops are bigger than ever. This year saw a new drama series, on E4 – My Mad Fat Diary – based on the real-life diaries of Rae Earl.

This show will make us long for our childhood years with scrunchies, pedal pushers and feel good pop all of which are prominent throughout the series.

With a large selection of films and TV shows set in the past, 2013 sounds like it will be the year we all remember the good old days and see a century of fashion unfold on screen.


On screen and in style

1900s: Mr Selfridges, Sundays at 9pm on ITV1

1910s: The Village, airing on BBC One in the spring

1920s: The Great Gatsby, 17 May

1930s: Hyde Park On Hudson, out now in cinemas

1940s: Gangster Squad, out now in cinemas

1950s: Hitchcock, out now in cinemas

1960s: Vegas,coming soon on Sky Atlantic

1970s: jOBS,set to be released in April

1980s: Private Lives: a documentary on Elizabeth Taylor’s life, coming soon to BBC4

1990s: My Mad Fat Diary, Mondays at 10pm on E4

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