The 4 Most Iconic Fashion Looks in Cinema History

When the news reached us that the BBC had tapped the talents of vintage purveyor extraordinaire William Banks-Blaney for an entire programme dedicated to the most iconic film costumes of all time, our ears pricked up.

We love fashion-heavy films. We appreciate a vintage shopping trip now and then. We definitely enjoy diving headfirst into nostalgia (and have been extolling the particular virtues of a 1990s movie you may have forgotten). So for all of these elements to come together under the guidance of the London-based expert who decks out the rich and famous in fabulous vintage attire… Well, suffice to say we're not so unhappy about the bad weather after all. 

Often name-checked as the King of Vintage, Banks-Blaney is a go-to in the world of exclusive vintage designs and could get his mitts on just about anything. So who would he whittle down the many cinematic showstoppers to? "Flashdance and the rise of sportswear came very close, as did the Eyes of Laura Mars and the high-luxe of '70s fashion from Halston and Gucci," he tells me.

Be sure to get Lights, Camera, Fashion! on BBC iPlayer, and keep reading to see the four best film costumes of all time and discover how they've influenced our wardrobes ever since…