Sartorial Analysis | Clothes on Film

Posted by Chris Laverty on August 22, 2009

Third and final part of a sartorial analysis examining denim as symbolic recognition for character on film – focusing on The Parallax View (1974) starring Warren Beatty.


Action Man:

By the mid-1970s denim had been accepted as day wear for everyone though still remained intrinsically associated with adolescent ‘drop out’ culture.

Posted by Chris Laverty on August 14, 2009

Part two in a three part sartorial analysis of denim as symbolic recognition for character on film, this time focusing on Audrey Hepburn in Two for the Road (1967).

Women in Denim:

Audrey Hepburn left behind her Givenchy comfort zone in decade-spanning dramedy Two for the Road to wear a veritable catwalk of trendy outfits by the hottest designers of the day. And amongst the Quant shifts and Courrèges sunglasses, Hepburn also wore jeans which, onscreen at least, she had seldom done before.

Posted by Chris Laverty on August 4, 2009

Denim in cinema has been popularised by some of the great screen icons of the twentieth century. From Marlon Brando (The Wild One, 1953) to Steve McQueen (Junior Bonner, 1972), from Paul Newman (Cool Hand Luke, 1967) to John Travolta (Urban Cowboy, 1980), from Grace Kelly (Rear Window, 1954) to Brigitte Bardot (And God Created Woman, 1956).

Similar to the business suit, denim is a sartorial way of life that confers immediate personality on someone without them having to do or say a word; this personality has evolved through time and trends, though one facet remains the same: rebelliousness.