"Fashion and film used to feed off each other." So says Eugenia Paulicelli, curator of the exhibit Fashion + Film: The 1960s Revisited (which opens at the CUNY Graduate Center next week) in today's New York Times. So what happened?
The Times' Ruth La Ferla points out that decades ago, movies had "an influence so powerful it drove merchants and garment makers to rush line-for-line knockoffs into production." Flicks like Belle De Jour, Bonnie and Clyde, Annie Hall, Out Of Africa and Saturday Night Fever inspired designers and ignited trends. True, Jean Paul Gaultier showed some Avatar-inspired designs in January, and the March issue of Vogue includes a 10-page Avatar-esque shoot (see image above). But why haven't movies had much impact on fashion lately? (Besides, say, a frenzy over New Moon hoodies? )