It's interesting to look closely at the relationship between fashion and film. A costume department can either make or break a film and in many ways be the reason for it's success. The new release, Water for Elephants, by Francis Lawrence is a good example of just how important the costumes is within not only the establishment of the context but sometimes even holding the film above water, that is when all the other elements that should keep the film in place may fail.
Elle Magazine had an article last year fall that gave the opportunity for a panel of fashion and film insiders to nominate the most stylish films ever, according to them. Epics like Jean Luc Godard's A Bout de Souffle (1960), Federico Felini's La Dolce Vita (1960), Breakfast at Tiffany's, Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather (1972) and Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006) were listed as some of the most stylistically influential films. Blake Edward's Breakfast At Tiffany's (1961) was voted the winner.
These films and the unique styles they resembled are still highly appreciated for their establishment of such memorable attires. The initial intention upon releasing these films didn't necessarily include their current influential style status, but nevertheless the costume and styling department timelessly fixed them in the annals of fashion.