Fashion in Period Films

Reese Whitherspoon as Marlena in Water for Elephants 
Period films are notorious for their clothes.  There's just something surreal about being able to look back in time and just gawking at the vintage fashions.  Lucky for us vintage fashion lovers, Water for Elephants is a period film that's about to be released in the US on April 22, 2011.  Water for Elephants is  a love story about an Ivy League drop-out (Rob Pattison) running away with the circus and falling in love with married circus performer (Reese Whitherspoon).  I'm sure the film is good, but I'm more interested in Reese's character, Marlena and her wonderful stage costumes.  Water for Elephants isn't the only period film who's stills could easily be mistaken for a fashion spread in Vogue.  Here are four other films who take vintage clothes to a new level.

The Aviator had a real star studded cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Gwen Stefani (just to name a few).  The film is a biography on Howard Hughes (DiCaprio), but the real stars are his many love interests and their wonderful wardrobes.  One that stood out from the rest was Katherine Hepburn (Blanchett).  

Cate Blanchett as Katherine Hepburn in The Aviator

Warren Beatty and the beautiful Faye Dunaway play Bonnie and Clyde in this classic.  Throughout the film, Faye's character Bonnie make a few wardrobe changes.  One, includes a tan beret that just oozes out cool.

Faye Dunaway as Bonnie in Bonnie and Clyde

Changeling takes place in 1928 L.A, where mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) finds that her son is missing.  Christine does everything in her power to get her son back, including going against the police.  But she does this with impeccable 20's style that caused me to pay more attention to her wardrobe than Jolie's powerful performance.

Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins in Changeling

This epic romance needs no introduction.  It was the highest grossing film for twelve years, until Avatar and won eleven academy awards, one for best costume design.  Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) had, by far, the best costumes on set.

Kate Winslet as Rose Dewitt Bukater in Titanic

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