Movies in 2020 with beautiful fashion: From James Bond to Legally Blonde, these film tell great stories with style

Movies in 2020 with beautiful fashion: From James Bond to Legally Blonde, these film tell great stories with style

Clothes speak

Text: Gordon Ng

Editor: Jolene Khor

No Time To Die

Tell that to the coronavirus, right? Though the release of the latest Bond flick is postponed due to the outbreak, it only gives us more time for anticipation to build. It's 007, so there's really no question that the sharply-tailored suits look killer. The twist in this year's installment, however, is that the suits Bond wears are cut by the Italian designer Massimo Alba. The ones in No Time To Die, in particular, are cut unlined from a fine summer corduroy so there's more of a relaxed feel — a fine twist for a Bond that starts the movie in retirement in Jamaica.


Legally Blonde 3

Elle Woods will be back this year and you can bet she's going to be serving a ton of pink looks. While there haven't been any official teasers (get on it, Reese!) it's safe to say that this is one film franchise whose style chops we don't have to worry about. It's Elle Woods — fashion icon and lawyer extraordinaire.


The French Dispatch

Wes Anderson's newest film tells the tale of a fictional travelogue magazine in France inspired by The New Yorker. There are journalists named Berensen, Krementz, Roebuck, and Sazerac — which should tell you all about the European eccentricism of these characters. Almost all of Anderson's films, save that one about dogs, have become stylistic reference points and this film — about France and journalists, no less — looks set to live up to that.


The Last Thing He Wanted

The latest film by director Dee Rees takes its source material from Joan Didion's 1996 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway as a reporter who quits her job covering the Cold War, only to get embroiled in her fathers' arms-dealing business. What's really significant is that the costume designer, Ane Crabtree, and Rees, asked Hathaway to put on 20 pounds for the role to look more like a woman who can handle herself. Crabtree made adjustments to the wardrobe after asking Hathaway how her body responded to her period, and made a decision to dress the character as a sort of inverse of Joan Didion. The costumes are interesting insofar as they extend the interiority of the character, and put focus on storytelling ahead of aesthetics.


Portrait of a Lady on Fire

After the incredible success of Little Women, the world is yet again hungry for more period dramas and, of course, the accompanying period dress. Portrait of a Lady on Fire, set in France in 1770, is an erotic and powerful study of art and attraction and centers around painters played by Adele Hanael and Noemie Merlant. The period dress is, of course, the robe a la francaise. These are mostly simple — a nice change from the decadence of dresses in period films about royalty — but tell a strong visual story through plain colour that harmonise with the brilliant cinematography.


Last Night in Soho

The latest release from director Edgar Wright, slated for sometime in September 2020, is a time travel horror film. Details are scant at the moment, but the premise of the film is that a young woman gets transported back to the heart of the Swinging Sixties in Soho, London. That, if you remember, was the birthplace of mod fashion and one of the decade's most significant cultural centers. It's a good bet, therefore, that Wright's costume design brief will include a lot of the fashion from the time. Sixties mod fashion paired with thrilling, and hopefully high-concept horror? Count us excited.