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A few weeks ago I asked some stylish people about the favourite pieces they’d never want to part with. I had so much fun bugging people that I thought I’d do it all over again. This time I asked a select few which cinematic costume from any movie, of any decade, is their absolute favourite. I have to admit, I was expecting to hear a lot of the same answers, but my new panelists surprised me.

Interested in which movie costume is MY all time fave? Read through… 

Septembre Anderson – Editor-in-Chief/Creator of J’Adore

“Belle’s yellow ball gown. That’s the only cinematic dress that comes to mind. I’m not even a princess-type person actually. I was never big on fairytales. I guess it was the dramatic presentation of the scene rather than the dress itself.”

Christie Lohr – Founder of Style Nine to Five and Beauty Nine to Five

“Since I’m an 80s child, I still love 1985′s Desperately Seeking Susan. It’s packed with some of my favourite fashion pieces today and still relevant via tough influences from the 80s, such as arm parties and layered necklaces, studded slouchy boots, lots of leather, strong shoulders and square Ray Bans. I love the girly elements like sequins, lace and bright colours, as well as the boho pieces such as oversized tops and blazers.”

Erica Wark – Journalist, Stylist, and On-Air Expert 

“I think it would have to be the outfit Anne Hathaway wore after her transformation in The Devil Wears Prada– those thigh high Chanel boots get me every time. It’s the epitome of New York street style!”

Spiro Mandylor – Editor/Creator of It’s All Style To Me

“Marilyn Monroe’s white dress from The Seven Year Itch. It’s a beautiful dress constructed with a plunging neckline made of two pieces of softly pleated fabric that come together behind the neck. Glamour has named it as one of history’s most famous dresses and the image of Marilyn standing over the subway grate with the dress blown upwards has become one of the most iconic images of the 20th century.”

Julia Che – President of Lotus Leaf Communications

“Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette in her lavishly iconic dresses. I’ve always had a penchant for the feminine and bustle-inspired draping of the 1700’s. But at the same time it’s Diane Keaton in Annie Hall bringing menswear-inspired looks to the cinema in a groundbreaking way. Powerful yet feminine with a hint of wit.”

Bahar Niramwalla – Freelance Beauty Expert for the Globe and Mail

“Anne Parillaud’s Nikita in her little black dress and in her gigantic Swiss cheese sun hat. The LBD, her hair & makeup, black gloves and pearl necklace are immaculate and the height of French simplicity, but the dress really speaks for itself. A short, skin tight, cross-back LBD turns out to be the most utilitarian item for shooting, running, storing a clip and flying down a garbage chute all while offing the bad guys, and fulfills what an LBD is meant to do: make you feel effortlessly fantastic and that you can kick some serious ass.”

Bianca Teixeira – The person whose article you’re reading

“Scarlett O’Hara’s white and green, off-the-shoulder, enormous hoop dress will live forever in my memory as the best thing to happen to film costumes. Not only is she absolutely stunning in it (and through the entire film) but she wears it when she’s still young, happy and cranky that silly war talk is ruining every party of the season. Not to mention it came with a matching giant hat. No wonder all the men were fighting over who got to bring her dessert.”


Bianca Teixeira writes about style for Toronto Standard. Follow her on Twitter at @BeeLauraTee.

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