If you have watched the movie ‘Funny Face’(1957),my title would sound familiar.It stars Audrey Hepburn,Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson.That’s what Dick Avery the Photographer played by the suave Fred Astaire says to Audrey Hepburn.Yes this is the movie that gave me my ‘Eureka’ moment.I’ve seen ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and the ‘Sex and the City’,but it was this little treasure from the 50’s that gave me my go to start blogging about something I love the most….Clothes and how they change people.
It’s all about the clothes,magazines and how can I forget love!It’s a story of how a Magazine editor and Photographer transform a simpleton into a model to grace the cover of their latest magazine issue and introduce her to the runway of Paris.The clothes were majorly designed by Edith Head in collaboration with designer Hubert de Givenchy.Edith had many movies to her credit like Sabrina, Roman Holiday, All About Eve, To Catch a Thief, and The Sting. She won 8 Oscars during her lifetime for costume design.
I wouldn’t want to leave out Fred Astaire who looked dashing in his Top Hats,Sweaters,Checked suits and ties.The man looked like every girl’s dream in the late 1950’s and to be honest sitting here today in 2011,he became mine.It would be unfair not to mention Richard Avedon in this post,the man who inspired Fred Astaire’s character in the movie.Richard Avedon was a renowned photographer of his time and his work ranged from fashion,art,dance to politics.His portraits screamed a ‘Manhattan’,that you could picture in a Woody Allen movie.He contributed to a number of the photo shoots in the movie.
For more of Richard Avedon’s work you could look up the following link:
More than Audrey Hepburn,Fred Astaire,it was Kay Thompson who silently stole the show for me as the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Quality in the film.The world of a fashion magazine has its own secrets,glamour and transformations.The glossies help every woman and today even our very own metro sexual man to get lost in a world,where they take cues to look their best in real life.There is a line in the movie by Kay Thompson who says:
“A magazine must be like a human being. If it comes into the home it must contribute. It just can’t lie around. A magazine must have… ..blood and brains and pizzazz. This is just paper. If I send paper to the American woman, I will have let her down.”