On Display: Historical Fashion, Modern Picture

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Dec 13 2016 / 20:30 PM

Bazaar looks at the representation of fashion in recent movie releases, and the most dymanic way to watch from your own home

On Display: Historical Fashion, Modern Picture
Natalie Portman's acclaimed performance as Jackie Kennedy is one to watch

From the chic forties attire seen in Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard’s Allied last month, to Tom Ford’s slick and stylish Noctunal Animals starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams, it has been the season of fashion infused film options. The former saw each of the costumes worn by the main characters custom-made by designer Joanna Johnston, and the pieces are so historically accurate that you are truly transported to the era via the fabrics, silhouettes and embellishing touches. The looks truly stand out on screen, and stay honest to the details of the decade: nipped-in waists, sharp shoulders, diamond hair adornments, classic brogues and double-breasted suits, each as impressive as the next.

Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard in Allied 

This month, and throughout January is the time for Jackie to be released across the globe, a harrowing window into the day of JFK’s assassination and beyond into the world of his new widow, the trailer featuring Natalie Portman wearing that famous pink Chanel two-piece, splattered with blood. And though it wasn’t produced at 31 Rue Cambon, Chanel did give its stamp of approval to the pink wool suit that costume designer Madeline Fontaine created. “Once they saw the finished product, Chanel gave us the correct buttons, chain and label from the period,” said the costume designer. “It was a nice acknowledgement of our work.” Doing justice to one of the most recognisable outfits of all time is no mean feat, but Fontaine had plenty of photographic references to work with. She even found the fabric house that produced the original wave-patterned wool; Chanel was its first client, and the textile company offered to make more for the film, but there wasn’t enough time to allow for screen testing the various shades of pink, so Fontaine sourced another version in Paris.

In one scene, Portman’s character of Jackie puts on and takes off various dresses and gowns as she wanders her private White House quarters alone. Fontaine calls the scene “Jackie changing skins. She’s trying to find her way back to herself.”

From Breakfast At Tiffany’s debt to Givenchy, from Belle Du Jour to Grease and Clueless, the clothes worn on screen are as iconic as the words spoken, tied to the empowerment of women each in their different ways, each liberating and as instantly recognisable as a Pink Ladies jacket. When you look at it from the perspective of history, fashion tells us everything we need to know about the story of women, at any given time, and in our book best watched on the big screen – but that doesn’t necessarily mean an excursion to the cinema.

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany's

It’s a wonderful juxtaposition then, that you can watch such iconic masterpieces in the most modern way, after all you if you’re going to appreciate the costumes then Ultra High Definition is a must. An example of the innovation which is reaching the market today is Samsung’s top-of-the-range SUHD TV. Not only does it look chic in your living room with its curved Quantum Dot screen, but with a palette hosting a billion colours from clear blue waters to fiery hues of the setting sun it's the exceptional detail and colour clarity you’ve only ever dreamed of.

Find out more about Samsung’s latest home movie options, here.