Some notable collaborations between top directors and fashion designers.
Jean Paul Gaultier for The Fifth Element
Jean Paul Gaultier produced a staggering 954 costumes for Luc Besson’s 1997 sci-fi fantasy blockbuster. Gaultier had fun with the milieu—a hyper-real, hyper-saturated dystopia—creating looks marked by an eccentric futurism. The most memorable of the bunch is likely Milla Jovovich’s bandage look, a skimpy cat suit, accessorized only by her highlighter orange hair.
Rodarte for Black Swan
Darren Aronofsky enlisted Kate and Laura Mulleavy (per the recommendation of Rodarte bestie and Black Swan star Natalie Portman) to costume his Swan Lake-thriller hybrid. Controversy aside (Amy Westcott, the official costumer for the film, claimed the sisters created seven looks, not the 40 initially reported), the Mulleavys are credited for Portman’s performance pieces: frothy tutus and intricately constructed feathered bodices that took in all the considerations for dance movements.
Manolo Blahnik for Marie Antoinette
In 2006, costume designer Milena Canonero asked Blahnik to provide the trove of confectionlike footwear for Kirsten Dunst’s title character in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette. The Victoria and Albert museum in London gave Blahnik access to its archives, where he studied footwear that actually belonged to the French monarch.
Raf Simons for I Am Love
Costumer Antonella Cannarozzi tapped Raf Simons—then at Jil Sander—to produce Tilda Swinton’s wardrobe for Luca Guadagnino’s 2009 release, I Am Love. Simons created a wardrobe marked by his signature modernist, minimalist and couture-level tailoring for Swinton, who plays the matriarch of a wealthy Milanese family who works in the fashion business.
Giorgio Armani for The Wolf of Wall Street
Armani, a longtime collaborator of Martin Scorsese’s (from Goodfellas to The Departed) supplied the Eighties powersuits that Leonardo DiCaprio sported in the 2013 hit The Wolf of Wall Street. Armani’s suits—slightly boxy, strong in the shoulder with wide lapels and pleated in the trouser—were the sartorial anthem of the go-go Eighties to early Nineties in the canyons of high finance.
Miuccia Prada and Ralph Lauren for The Great Gatsby, 2013 and 1974
Miuccia Prada collaborated with costume designer Catherine Martin for her husband Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Prada provided 40 looks, each derived from the Prada and Miu Miu archives—most notably Daisy’s jazzy beaded look inspired by the “chandelier dress” from Prada’s spring 2010 collection—for the film’s two party scenes. An exhibition of the costumes showed in New York, Tokyo and Shanghai.
But this is hardly the first time a major designer dressed F. Scott Fitzgerald’s natty characters: In 1974, Ralph Lauren designed clothing for Robert Redford and the rest of the wealthy Jazz Age gents in the film in a more literal interpretation of elegant and dapper Roaring Twenties style.