10 classic style movies
The list -- compiled with input from historians, critics, fashion designers, costumers, directors and others -- avoids the obvious ("Breakfast at Tiffany's") to honor sometimes overlooked movies that have had a major influence on our fashion sense.
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'Valley Girl'( Atlantic Releasing Corp. )
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.... OK, it was, like, 1983 and the action took place in the nearby San Fernando Valley. But for a nation of teens -- who got their first glimpse of girls who worshiped the Galleria and screeched "Oh my God!" -- the vacuous "Valley Girl" subculture became a preferred lifestyle and put 818 on the map. So much so that MGM is doing a remake as a musical. (And never mind that '80s staples like headbands and geometrics are decidedly back.)
It was the modern take on Romeo and Juliet that gave both guys and girls a role model. There was Julie, with her asymmetrical sweat shirts and mirrored shades and Randy, a Hollywood punk with a predilection for skinny ties, red shirts and a fallen pompadour dyed orange. The film even had a costume jewelry consultant. And costume designer Sean Frye put the jerky, popular guy in a pink tuxedo for the prom.
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