Films for Fashion: Psycho

I’m back with another film from my recent 1960’s Fashion-Spotting Movie Marathon.

Remember the modern remake of Psycho? Well, it got sh**ty reviews and starred Anne Heche (who I was tired of back then), so I never saw it…until recently, when my Netflix account recommended it for me. Sometimes their if-you-like-this-you’ll-love-that recommendations are pretty accurate…I took a risk on this one. I just wanted a lite horror movie fix while sewing and figured it’d be therapeutic to see Anne Heche’s demise via shower.

Psycho (1998)
Directed by  Gus Van Sant
Costumes by Frank Helmer, Cookie Lopez, and Vanessa Vogel

Psycho (1998)

To my surprise, in the early half of the movie (before Anne gets-it in the shower), I spotted some great vintage fashion. There was so much that I assumed the movie was set in the 1960’s like the original. The original Hitchcockian Psycho is brilliant. However, filmed in black and white, it isn’t the best showcase for my fashion-spotting…I prefer color to catch all of the details. But, the setting of the remake was contemporary (I saw a Ford Taurus drive down the street!)….it was the costumers who dressed the actresses in vintage wear!

So, here’s Janet Leigh (1927-2004) as Marion Crane in the original Psycho.
Janet Leigh as Marion Crane in Psycho (1960)

Now, here’s Anne Heche playing the same character in the 1998 remake. That candy stripe piping is singing to me.

Anne Heche in Pyscho (1998)

Anne Heche as Marion Crane in Pyscho (1998)

This outfit. Sunbrella, totebag, and all, have reversed my irritation toward Anne Heche. She’s a doll!

Anne Heche as Marion Crane in Pyscho (1998)

Even her friend at the office is dressed like she’s in the wrong movie.

Pyscho (1998)

The Psycho remake was weak without Anthony Perkins as the ultra-creepy, split-personality, momma’s boy. So, if you haven’t seen it, don’t. Vince Vaughn tried, but he should stick to dodgeball. Ultimately, the film’s only saving grace is its thrift shop-savvy wardrobe department.

Films for Fashion: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

I started this list of fashion-spotting films last month, beginning with An Education. I was hoping it would be the first in my Movie Marathon of 60’s Fashion…but, the movie isn’t available on demand (i.e., iTunes, Netflix), so I assembled my marathon with several hours of entertainment (a few movies, a TV show, and a mini-series) that I could easily stream to the screen above my sewing machine.

Just in time for this week’s Mad Men-themed challenge at The Sew Weekly, I shall continue my tour – one, each day this week for the rest of the month– of selected,1960’s fashion on film with one of my favorite Sidney Poitier movies:

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)
Directed by Stanley Kramer
Costumes by Joe King, Jean Louis, and Edna Taylor

Movie Poster for Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

The story is about a newly in-love, interracial couple who must reveal their relationship to their parents. Civil rights was a fresh topic in the 1960’s, so the notion of “mixed” marriage was hard to swallow for both sets of parents. I love how relevant the movie still is, even now….interracial couples (like my husband and I) across America still deal will people’s lack of tolerance and acceptance.

I re-watched the movie in the hopes I’d see some comment-worthy styles of the time, but the girl who plays Sidney Poitier’s fiance and her mother, played by Katherine Hepburn, were dressed unremarkably.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, group scene

Just when I was ready to give up on vintage fashion-spotting, the daughter of the fiance’s family maid has a small scene. She walks past Poitier, who notices she’s hot, then she exits the house and runs into a delivery guy who’s in the driveway dancing to some unexplained, groovy 60’s music. The maid’s daughter starts dancing along with him and the two get in a van and drive off together. What?

It was the only odd moment in the movie. And, the only fashion-spotting scene, too.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, vintage dress

A pink and coral striped sheath with a ruffled skirt…and, that hair! What a quintessential, late 60’s look! I almost knocked-off this dress for last month’s Oscars Challenge, but I couldn’t find the right kind of striped fabric. If I ever do, it is SO on.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, vintage dress

Films for Fashion: A New List

I am an inveterate list maker and avid film watcher. And, this week’s Oscars challenge reminded me that a list of movies with great fashion (to admire or knock-off) deserves to live here. Let’s begin our list with a movie I haven’t seen. One that has already inspired fellow Sew Weekly contributor, Tina C. to make this lovely dress.

An Education (2009)
Directed by Lone Scherfig
Costume Design by Odile Dicks-Mireaux

Set in 1960’s London, this movie is a coming-of-age story about a girl who gets involved with a man twice her age. And, from what I’ve heard and seen so far, the vintage fashion is worth the watch.

This film would be a great start to a triple-feature, 1960’s movie marathon. And, with the Sew Weekly’s Mad Men challenge coming up on March 19th and the show’s season five premiere on the 25th, the time is so right. Hm…now what other movie filled to the brim with 1960’s fashion should make up my marathon?