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3 iconic pieces of clothing in movies and the symbolism behind them

Clothing is an essential part of a movie’s character, as it helps the viewer have a better understanding of the lifestyle, occupation, and personality traits of the characters. Sometimes, the costume designers do such a great job that the items of apparel become even more popular than the movie itself. today, we’ll discuss three iconic pieces of clothing from different movies and the symbolism behind them:

Chris Evan’s Aran sweater in Knives Out

Knives Out, a 2019 mystery film, gave us not only an excellent screenplay and a fantastic cast, but also the iconic Aran sweater worn by Chris Evan’s character Ransom. In several scenes, Ransom, whose full name is Hugh Ransom Drysdale (which is a crucial detail for the storyline of the film), is seen wearing a white crew neck Aran sweater that, while attractive and fitting him well, appears old and torn apart. The character’s clothing was intentional and carefully chosen. Director Rian Johnson told costume designer Jenny Eagan that he imagined Ransom wearing gorgeous and expensive clothes that he didn’t care for, which is a detail that fits his character well. To add these precise features and to create the appearance of a careless and spoiled brat that Ransom was, Eagan added holes into the sleeves and collar of the Aran sweater.  These elements can also be noticed in the holes of his costly loafers, as well as the other blue crew neck sweater he’s wearing. Jenny Eagen not only developed a well-thought-out character, but she also received the Costume Designers Guild Awards for excellence in contemporary film thanks to her originality and creativity.   If seeing the handsome Chris Evans wearing an Aran sweater piqued your attention, you can discover more of these men’s  Irish sweaters at Tara Irish Clothing , where you can learn more about their history as well as purchase one.

Kristen Steward’s wedding dress in Twilight. Breaking Down Part 1

There are lots of things that can be said about Twilight. For some it was the love story of their childhood and teenage years, while others think of it as a series of movies that are overrated and don’t deserve the attention that they received. Regardless of whose camp you belong to, there’s one thing that no one can deny and it’s the fact that Bella’s wedding dress in the fourth movie of the saga is absolutely stunning. This iconic garment was designed by no other than Carolina Herrera herself and it is said to have cost the creator of the movie $35 000. Although very classy and simple looking in the front, the dress has some unique touches in the back, such as the delicate lace ornaments and elegant round buttons with silk surrounding them. It doesn’t appear to be vulgar, tasteless, and “too much”, but it’s also not bland or dull, it is exactly how it should be for a character like Bella. The white, silk, long sleeved dress with a veil definitely transformed the quiet, shy, and insecure Bella that we’ve met in the first Twilight movie into a beautiful and charming lady. Following the film’s release in 2011, the dress created history and served as an inspiration to thousands of young women all over the world, and the best part being the fact that those who couldn’t afford a $35 000 designer wedding gown could get a licensed duplicate for only $800.

Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress in Breakfast at Tiffany’s   

It’s impossible to talk about iconic pieces of clothing in movies and not to mention Audrey Hepburn’s little black evening dress in the 1961 romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as with all the respect towards the classic movie, the dress became way more popular than the actual film and represented one of the reasons why Audrey Hepburn became so well known. The long, well-fitted, sleeveless dress was made of Italian satin and was created by Hubert de Givenchy, the founder of the house of Givenchy himself. The dress was supposed to make Hupbern’s character classy and elegant. However, there’s a twist in this beautiful history: the dress was only designed by Givenchy, and it wasn’t actually worn in the movie and neither on the poster of the film. Initially, the actress had two copies of the dress which both had to be redesigned because they were considered to be too revealing, as they indeed displayed a pretty big portion of Hepburn’s leg. One of the dresses is presently on display at Madrid’s Museo del Traje, while the other was auctioned in December 2006 after Natalie Portman wore it for Harper’s Bazaar earlier that year. The garment was expected to sell for between 50 and 70 thousand pounds at the auction, but it was acquired by an anonymous buyer over the phone for £467,200, and all of the money from the auction went toward helping to establish a school for the impoverished people of Calcutta, India.

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