The Academy Awards is undoubtedly the biggest annual celebration of film, but the event holds place of honor in the fashion calendar as well. Not only does the Oscars attract a bevy of couture-clad celebrities onto the red carpet, but the awards ceremony also highlights an impressive range of fashion on the silver screen. Among the 2016 film selection, fashionable highlights include Lalaland, a romantic comedy about American Jazz, and Jackie, a biopic on the stylish ex-first lady of the United States. With the 89th Academy Awards coming up this Sunday, hosted yet again by funnyman Jimmy Kimmel, we take a look back at iconic ensembles that accompanied Oscar winners and nominees throughout history.
Interstellar: Workwear Jacket
Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is known for its dystopian, out-of-this-world plotline, but the film’s fashion was more down-to-earth. Matthew McConaughey may have delivered one of his finest performances as a retired NASA engineer fighting to save the world from agrarian apocalypse, However, his Carhartt Weathered Duck Detroit jacket was the film’s real winner. Crafted in a khaki colorway with multiple pockets, this timeless staple received an hour-long stint in the film, reminding us that rugged, American outerwear never goes out of style – not even when we’re hurtling towards Earth’s imminent destruction.
Her: Smart Casual Jacket
Director Spike Jonze has built a distinctive visual style with warm color palettes, close-up shots and lens flares that envelope audiences with a sense of nostalgia. Jonze’s romantic-comedy Her focuses on the relationship between a man and his virtual assistant (played by Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johannsen), marrying his vintage aesthetic with a vision of a future world. Retro vibes permeate the film’s costumes, from the hipster glasses to the high-waisted trousers, though they are given a modern revamp with fleece textures and brighter colors. If you ever wanted to see what hipster dressing would look like in the future, this is it.
Drive: Souvenir Jacket
Ryan Gosling is most well-known for playing hunky love interests in romantic comedies, but he takes on a slicker role in the 2011 neo-noir thriller, Drive. As a Hollywood stuntman moonlighting as a getaway driver, Gosling dons flashy, streetready pieces to match his smooth criminal persona. Noteworthy pieces include a gold souvenir jacket featuring a scorpion embroidered on the back, a denim jacket and slim-fitting jeans. Get Gosling’s bad-boy look with similar pieces from maharishi and Human Made.
8 Mile: Oversized Fleece Hoodie
Hip-hop style pervades the film 8 Mile, the story of a young, white rapper (played by Eminem) who hopes to make a name for himself in the majority-African American industry. Shot in Detroit, the film exposes the nitty, gritty of America’s hip-hop scene, in which street fashion plays a large role. Eminem’s uniform of oversized hoodies, denim jackets, baggy jeans, and beanies reflect trends in hip-hop fashion that still endure today.
Taxi Driver: M65 Jacket
Lauded as one of the best films of all time, Martin Scorsese’s cult classic Taxi Driver is no doubt a fine specimen of the neo-noir and psychological thriller genre. Starring Robert De Niro, the film focuses on a New York taxi driver who takes on the city’s dysfunction with his own brand of vigilantism. Robert De Niro’s anti-hero, sporting a shaved mohawk cut and a M-65 military jacket, is still an iconic figure to this day. The M-65 jacket – a durable field coat featuring four-pocket styling – has achieved cult status in its own right, and has been revamped by brands such as Alpha Industries and Junya Watanabe.