The Statement Piece in Film
- Published:01st Oct 2016
We hear the phrase statement piece a lot and in completely different ways. For some it means their Cartier bangle or Mulberry tote … for others it’s their maserati… oh, and we have a friend who actually calls their boyfriend that (yes, really).
In the fashion world statement piece is actually used quite often for prom dresses or red carpet pieces that you only would wear on a single occasion. A statement on one occasion only? Sad.
For us a statement piece is simply a garment that has personality and conveys something you stand for; that adds character to you and makes you feel good.
Today we take a little look at our favourite statement pieces in movies, worn by divas and style icons throughout 60 years of film history.
Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink
OK, we can´t possibly write a blog about a statement piece without a prom dress. And, no, we don´t want to write about the usual strap-less, full-skirt prom dress. No, we actually love Molly Ringwald´s self-made beauty in the 1980s classic Pretty in Pink. Her very own improvised design is a mix of lace and polka-dot, constructed from her friend´s old frock and a simple dress given to her by her father. Creativity beats money. Always. Oh, and she gets the prince of course. ...not sure if he deserved her though...
Sherilyn Fenn in Twin Peaks
Yes, like all other mystery lovers, we cannot wait for the next Twin Peaks series to start….and we hope they can preserve the excellent Twin Peaks fashion look from the first show. Yes, it is only a plaid skirt combined with a Bordeaux turtleneck jumper. But is it really? It is also a statement piece that conveys the mysterious aura of this girl and her mad surroundings…and the perfect outfit to dance in front of a juke box in the middle of USA´s nowhere-diner of course. So, get your tartan skirt on and dance wherever you are!
Diane Keaton in Annie Hall
OK, Diane might look quite, uh, tomboyish to some of you but she actually created a little fashion craze in good old 1970s New York with her style: The “Annie Hall look”. It consists of a men's button down shirt and a tie, a black hat, very loose khakis and a tuxedo vest from Ralph Lauren himself. Oh, and everything Diane wears in that movie was based on her own personal style. Really. So she can actually call herself a designer, too.
Grace Kelly in Rear Window
A list about statement pieces in movies would not be complete without a classic Hitchcock dress. Our favourite is Grace Kelly´s in her very first appearance in Rear Window. She just got back from Paris and her fitted black off-the-shoulder bodice is in stark contrast to the cramped Bachelor apartment her lover Jimmy Stewart lives in. This statement piece comes with a very deep V neckline, cap sleeves, and a mid-calf full skirt. ...and Grace pulls it off perfectly; vintage style fashion in its purest elegance!
Carrie Fisher in Star Wars
Yes, we love the first Star Wars most (we mean the 1977´s one) and this is not only because of Sir Alec Guinness stealing the show… Carrie Fisher pulls off this white floor-length princess dress like no one else. When she walks in this multiple layered statement piece she seems to be almost floating. Or gliding. Or flying. Whatever it is, to us she looks flawless!
That´s from us today. We hope you enjoyed our little take on statement pieces in film history.
Oh, and Alice´s Pig new statement piece is Whitney´s Wonderland. Quadruple layered and made from printed warp knit. It hasn´t been seen in a movie just yet but we bet you can make a statement in that one.
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The elegant geisha - Figure skimming Benika's Bonsai cuts a flattering silhouette in a true Japanese fashion. Intricate panelling and a top stitched self-fabric tie belt gives this easy day-dress a beautiful and feminine look.
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