Our first encounter with a major fashion statement in film had to have been Jennifer Beals’s slashed-neck graffiti-print T-shirt in Flashdance—it was so exciting, it was like we’d never seen an exposed shoulder before. But fashion in film, of course, goes back farther than that—much, much farther. The newly renovated Museum of Moving Image is showcasing some of that work with the Fashion in Film Festival, which was founded in 2005 and is based in London. You’ll see films from the 1900s through the ’70s, including The Devil Is a Woman (April 16), a 1935 film starring Marlene Dietrich decked out in costume designer Travis Banton’s elaborate headpieces; and the Busby Berkeley–choreographed Fashions of 1934 (April 24), starring Bette Davis. It all kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. with a program that includes underground-film pioneer Jack Smith’s 1963 Normal Love, featuring costumes inspired by horror films and Maria Montez classics.
April 15-24, 2011