Tuesday, 7 October 2014

5 of the most stylish horror film leading ladies

Hello October. Hello horror film season!
We're not all that into dressing up as a 'sexy cat' or, bizarrely, a 'sexy pizza' for Hallowe'en. We think it's fun to get a little more creative when it comes to fancy dress costumes, and what better source of inspiration than some of the most stylish scary film heroines?

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Mia Farrow is the ultimate 60s gamine icon with her pixie crop haircut, peter pan collars, babydoll maternity dresses and patent shoes. Her Twiggy-like emphasised eyelashes add to her doll-like look of supreme innocence - despite her fears that her husband has become involved with a Satan-worshipping cult and that something pretty creepy is going on with her baby.

Carrie (1976)

Oh Carrie. Like Matilda gone bad: a teenage outcast using telekinetic powers to get revenge on her bullying peers means this film is pretty much a must-see for teen girls everywhere. And while the 70s can be pretty hit or miss when it comes to fashion, the sassy prom dresses and mega platform shoes are a total win for me.

The Craft (1996)

Forget Hermione Granger, these girls are the witches I'd want to hang out with. This cult 90s film is all about female friendship, embracing your inner weirdness and Stevie Nicks-style wardrobe influences. Think layers of lace, crochet, leather and long necklaces topped off with pointy hobnail boots and dark nails and makeup. Also contains an important lesson for every teenage girl: how to tweak your school uniform. Combat boots, net underskirts, lace tights and oversized coats are the answer.

Rear Window (1954)

Alfred Hitchcok's films are almost as well-known for their aesthetics as anything else, thanks to legendary costume designer Edith Head. And with Grace Kelly as the lead, it's no surprise that Rear Window is often cited as one of the most stylish films in history! A high society fashion consultant with a wardrobe to match, the costumes are absolutely flawless: a fitted black top with huge frothy tulle skirt, and an elegant green skirt suit worn with a white silk wrap top are particularly iconic pieces.

The Birds (1963)

Grace Kelly's green suit in Rear Window inspired the green suit that Tippi Hedren wears in The Birds, too - find your own version and you can recycle it for next year too! This has been one of my favourite Hitchcock films ever since the first watch, but I do wonder how many people have developed a fear of birds as a result... Nonetheless, Tippi's immaculately put together outfits and coiffed hair - tailored suits, matching heels, clutches and handbags, and stunning fur coats - are iconic in their own right.

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