Hi, I’m Raissa Bretana,
and I’m a fashion historian and an adjunct instructor
at the Fashion Institute of Technology,
where I teach a course
on the history of costume and fashion in film.
Today, we’re going to review
some iconic fashion scenes in film and TV.
I’m sorry, I’m terribly nervous,
I’ve never done anything like this.
Nothing to be nervous about, you’re gonna be great.
Now, listen closely, you’re in Paris-
This is Funny Face, directed by Stanley Donen
with costumes by Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy.
This scene features a photo shoot montage
in different locations in Paris.
And here we really see true Givenchy on display.
[Dick] Let’s go!
For starters, the photographer Dick Avery,
played by Fred Astaire, is actually based
on the real-life fashion photographer Richard Avedon
and Avedon actually collaborated on this film.
He shot the entire title sequence and all of those stills
that we see throughout this photo shoot sequence
were actually shot by Avedon himself.
Duvel shows the collection on Friday.
The night before I’m giving a party
to introduce you to the press.
The editor-in-chief of the fictional Quality magazine
in this film is based on a real life fashion figure,
and that is the iconic Diana Vreeland.
In the 1950s, she was an editor at Harpers Bazaar,
but she would later go on to become
the editor-in-chief of Vogue.
All of the clothes that we see
Audrey wearing in this photo shoot sequence
and in any scene that takes place
in a fashion setting in Paris
can be attributed to Hubert de Givenchy.
I know, I’m a princess at the ball
and the bird is really Prince Charming.
This film is a love letter to the golden age of couture,
but also to Paris, the capital of fashion.
And we actually see in imagery from the 1950s
that many fashion photographers position their models
against the backdrop of iconic Paris landscapes
to really hit home that this was the home of fashion.
This was the center of the fashion world.
This is American Crime Story:
The Assassination of Gianni Versace
created by Ryan Murphy, directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton,
with costume design by the great Lou Eyrich
and Allison Leach.
In this scene, Donatella wears
the dress that made her a star.
[soft dramatic music]
This scene takes place in 1992
at the 100th anniversary party of Vogue.
So Gianni really wanted Donatella to make a splash,
and she did.
Donatella, Donatella. Gianni, Donatella,
You can see in this scene that he is holding her hand
at the beginning of this red carpet moment,
but by the end of the scene,
he’s let go and she’s standing on her own.
And that is rather symbolic about this passing of the torch
in the legacy of Versace.
[dramatic music] [camera shutters clicking]
This dress came from Versace’s Fall 1992 collection
called Miss S&M,
but now it’s more commonly referred