BBC Radio 4 broadcast a very interesting episode of Front Row last Wednesday, which discussed how television and film have influenced fashion. The episode was inspired and driven by Amber Butchart's book The Fashion of Film and Amber herself was interviewed by Samira Ahmed.
Some of the nation's favourite TV dramas have garnered almost as much attention for their fashion choices as for their gripping storylines. Keeping Faith is a BBC drama about a woman whose husband disappears, and the programme has been a huge hit in the UK. The twists and turns have captured the public imagination, but Eve Miles' signature yellow coat has caught the public eye - and has inspired many high street retailers to offer similar garments for those who would like to emulate Eve's character's style. The same thing has happened with Phoebe Waller-Bridge's jumpsuit from Fleabag and most of Villanelle's outfits (without the bloodstains) from Killing Eve.
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As Amber points out in the interview and her book, films and TV shows have influenced real life fashion ever since cinema's beginnings. Consider the impact of Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe in the 1961 classic romantic comedy Breakfast at Tiffany's. As Amber puts it: film and television can function as a catwalk, yet the impact is greater because we develop a connection to a character. Emulating their style
And it's not just womenswear that has been inspired by TV and film: men's clothing too has been influenced by the big and small screens. Peaky Blinders, for example, has certainly inspired a nod to twenties British military-esque fashion in contemporary collections of menswear (Esquire even published a guide to dressing like the Peaky Blinders cast in October 2017). Mad Men has had a similar effect.
Listen to Amber Butchart's interview here.