If one were to compile a list of the most influential films in regards to fashion, a great percentage of the films on that list would be those of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock.
The women in his films are always expertly coiffed and perfectly dressed. Their style was simple, classic but most of all elegant. Hitchcock never wanted anything too flashy, to take away from the action happening on screen, but he still wanted everyone to look amazing. Iconic Hollywood costume designer Edith Head (who worked on some of his most famous films) always loved the incredibly hard task of dressing Hitchcock’s women. She was always game for a challenge.
To say that the likes of Kim Novak, Grace Kelly, Tippi Hedren, Janet Leigh & Eva Marie Saint influenced fashion is to put it lightly. The costumes, because let’s face it, they were costumes, no one dressed like that in real life, even at the time, are still inspiring designers today.
That is because the clothes were fashionable. They were timeless, classic shapes, made to fit the female form to perfection. The length of the skirts, the cut of the coats, the fit of the sweaters, none of it will ever go out of style and that’s precisely why the women in Alfred Hitchcock’s films are dressed that way, because they exist in this separate world, this dream land where all these things are possible. They exist for our entertainment, and to inspire us.
One designer who took major inspiration from the films of Alfred Hitchcock is the late, great Alexander McQueen. His Autumn/Winter 2005 collection was a love letter to all the Hitchcock women that have been with us for decades.
The models look like they walked right out of a film from the 50s, all looking like sexy secretaries. The collection features gorgeous tweed suits, skirts that fall below the knee and absolutely breathtaking cocktail dresses with delicately pleated skirts.
Have you been inspired by the women of Alfred Hitchcock’s films? Did you enjoy Alexander McQueen’s Hitchcock inspired collection? Let us know in the comments section!