Hmm, what’s the perfect gown to feature on the “Fancy Friday” before Valentine’s Day? This scarlet stunner in Pretty Woman of course! (Plus, wearing red on Fridays shows your support for the troops!) Julia Roberts plays a modern-day Cinderella named Vivian Ward who gets wooed by a wealthy businessman (Richard Gere) in this 1990 flick. Here, her suitor surprises her with a gorgeous red gown, evening gloves and one hell of a diamond necklace! (Fun Fact: The necklace did actually cost $250,000. An armed security guard from its jewelry store was constantly standing behind director Garry Marshall while they filmed the scenes it appears in.) It’s no secret we here at theSkinnyStiletto just love the clothing in this movie. We were stunned to learn that costume designer Marilyn Vance made all of Vivian’s outfits, including the ruby red gown above, her polka-dotted fantasy, and even the famous hooker dress! Vance is famous for costuming hit teen flicks, including The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but the Pretty Woman wardrobe is anything but high school! In this scene, Gere’s character takes Vivian to see La Traviata at the opera, which tells the story of a prostitute who falls in love with a rich man. (Life imitating art, no?) It’s hard to believe the elegant Roberts was only 22-years-old when she made this film. A shocking number of leading ladies turned town the role of Vivian, including Sandra Bullock, Demi Moore, Jennifer Connelly and Sarah Jessica Parker, but it’s hard to imagine the fiery-haired heroine played by anyone but Roberts.
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What’s black and white and red all over? This scarlet-haired beauty in this sophisticated black and white combo! In Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts has to overcome living a hard life as a hooker in Hollywood, and even when a wealthy suitor comes to her rescue, it doesn’t mean the rest of the Los Angeles elite is going to accept her into their way of life. When attempting to buy clothing on Rodeo Drive, some self-impressed shop-girls make her feel uncomfortable and ask her to leave. But with help from her fairy godfather, Hector Elizondo, and this elegant white dress adorned with black and gold buttons, dainty gloves, pearl drop earrings, and a lovely black hat with a matching clutch and heels, Roberts goes from prostitute to posh in one outfit change! Those shop-girls don’t even know what hit them when she comes back to let them know what they missed out on…
Japanese costume designer Eiko Ishioka died earlier this month, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Ishioka was 73-years-old. Born in Tokyo, she was a creative soul from childhood, working in cosmetics, advertising, graphic arts and costume design. Ishioka graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1961, and she joined the advertising division of Japan’s largest cosmetics company, Shiseido. Ishioka won a Grammy Award in 1986 for best album package as art director for Myles Davis’ Tutu, and was nominated for two Tony Awards for her work on M. Butterfly in 1988. She won an Academy Award for costume design for Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula in 1993 (pictured, right). Ishioka also created the costumes for The Cell, Immortals and the upcoming Snow White tale, Mirror Mirror. Her creations Julia Roberts (pictured, top) and Lily Collins (pictured, below) sport are just stunning. Ishioka also costumed Cirque du Soleil, and members of the Japanese, Canadian, Spanish and Swiss Olympic teams in 2002, as well as the outfits for the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and several other Broadway productions. A true Renaissance woman, she also directed a music video, made commercials and published several books. She is survived by her husband, Nicholas Soultanakis, whom she only married last year. Our thoughts go out to her family.
Who the hell dressed Julia Roberts in Eat Pray Love? We were praying the character of Elizabeth Gilbert would find a stylist, not love, by the end of the film. Gilbert goes from glamour girl in New York to slovenly slob of Southeast Asia. Roberts travels from Italy to India to Indonesia in the film, and we’re guessing the mission was to look gross in some of the world’s most gorgeous countries. The biggest problem with Roberts’ wardrobe in the movie is the fit. Nothing is remotely tailored or attractive on Roberts’ awesome figure. Considering she was three months pregnant when she wore a bikini in Charlie Wilson’s War, we doubt she was attempting to hide any extra weight she may have put on. We assume the idea was to watch the city girl evolve into a world-traveler, but why look frumpy doing so? One of our editors once lived abroad in Italy and she agrees there is no reason to wear ugly or baggy clothing when traveling. Gilbert goes around the globe in flood pants, flat sandals, super-sized sarongs, shapeless shirts, sister-wife dresses and – the worst accessory of the century, a sloppy straw hat that she stuffs all of her hair into. We’re actually amazed she was able to nab Javier Bardem in such unattractive clothing. Considering she starts her journey of self-discovery in the most fashion-conscious country on Earth, we’re surprised the costume designers put such little effort into the outfits in the movie. Although, considering Julia Roberts looks beautiful even in an Army Combat Uniform in Valentine’s Day, it’s actually quite a feat to make the pretty woman look so darn plain.
“It must be difficult to let go of something so beautiful,” the concierge knowingly tells Richard Gere in Pretty Woman. We know he wasn’t talking about the necklace… he was referring to polka dots. Julia Roberts goes from hooker to haughty in this chocolate and white ensemble. The dress possesses a high neckline and sits just above the knee, but Julia’s womanly figure is hardly hidden in this classic sheath. The waist is cinched with a leather belt and matching gloves, hat and purse complete the streamlined look. Polka dots have been “spotted” all over the runway recently for this upcoming spring and summer, but they were also popular in the warm seasons of 2008 and featured in many fashion articles over the last two years… So, maybe they never went out? Just take a look at the 2011 Giles Spring Collection. Doesn’t that color combination look rather familiar?