Photo By Ian Sane
It seems that Vogue has beaten me to the punch on this one.
But never mind because my obsession with classic cinema knows no bounds. You see, I fell in love with all pre-seventies films as an insomniac child with irresponsible parents who allowed me to have a television in my room. The affair continued through my too-cool-for-everything teenage years because of the fashion – I basically love a midi length, cinched waist ensemble more than Hitchcock loved a blonde.
So, having lived through a scene right out of The Birds, I felt it only fitting that I had another look at the leading ladies’ style. After all, if the films have taught me anything, it’s that even if you’re dodging killer birds or spying on a potential murderer, there is really no excuse for not looking your best!
Enter Edith Head.
Glad you asked. The woman was a costume design legend and the winner of no less than 8 Oscars out of 35 nominations. She dressed Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor to name a few. Edith Head started collaborating with Hitchcock on Rear Window (1954) and worked on To Catch A Thief, Marnie, Notorious, Vertigo and The Birds, among others. What resulted was a steady-line of chic, modern, minimalist outfits with clean cuts that stood the test of time.
Don’t take my word for it though. Check out Alexander McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 2005 collection The Man Who Knew Too Much:
FOR THE SECOND TIME IN HIS CAREER, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN REFERENCES ‘THE BIRDS’ FOR THIS COLLECTION A FILM THAT HE REMEMBERS LOVING AS A CHILD PRINCIPALLY BECAUSE OF THE PRECISE WAY IN WHICH THE WOMEN FEATURED CHOOSE TO DRESS.
Against a film-set backdrop flooded with red light models stride out in swing coats, pencil skirts, neat, cropped trousers and fitted chunky mohair all of which suit a modern-day Hitchcock heroine down to the ground.
As much as I love THAT iconic pale green suit, my personal favorite Hitchcock style inspiration would have to be Grace Kelly in Rear Window. She toed the line between structure and frill and looked absolutely faultless doing it!
Now, I may not be a Princess of Monaco, but to get the Hitchcock look you don’t have to be. Have a peek at these items for a bit of inspiration/shopping:
- A modern take on the midi length pencil skirt (on sale) and a blazer to go with it
- A great midi-length, floral print dress (on sale) for spring/summer. Did I mention it has a scoop back? Is it just me who things that’s just the right amount of flirty? Okay then, moving on…
- A V -neck, frill sleeved dress, available in 4 colors and great for twirling and I suppose other more practical activities.
- Try for a classy yet fun, Rear Window-esque inspired look in this halter neck dress
- Or maybe try this structured pencil dress for daytime or maybe a V-neck alternative (on sale)
Even if you don’t plan on evading killer seagulls (or any other winged creature of dinosaur descent) maybe next time you go shopping you give midi length a try! You may be surprised!