La Dolce Vita (1960)

Copyright © 1960 Pathe Consortium Cinema Koch-Lorder Films

The parallels between fashion and film are unclear. Fashion designers will use film trends to inspire new collections and cinematic costume designers always make sure they are following catwalk trends.

The iconic image in La Dolce Vita is without a doubt the scene in which Anita Eckberg’s character, Sylvia, emerges from the Trevi fountain in Rome in that black dress. It is said that the Balenciaga‘s sack dress that flows like the gown Anita wears, inspired the film. The gown was copied by high streets and designers the world over and so continued the turning cogs of the relationship between fashion and film.


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Written by Jemma De Blanche

Jemma De Blanche is a fashion and lifestyle journalist with a background in marketing and copy-writing, is in awe of all things creative and loves getting lost in a good book, a beautiful picture or the creativity of new collection. Jemma handles the Fashion in Film pages and the Men's catwalk reviews.

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