7 of the most stylish moments from Sofia Coppola movies – as the director turns 50
Sofia Coppola achieved this rare feat, being one of the very few female directors to ever become a household name.
The daughter of famous director Francis Ford Coppola began her acting career before turning to film in the 1990s, winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2003 for Lost In Translation.
In 2017, she became just the second woman to win Best Director’s Gong at the Cannes Film Festival, nominated for The Beguiled, with Nicole Kidman.
Coppola, who turns 50 on May 14, is known for her visually stunning films that feature epic costumes, decadent decadents, and great soundtracks to boot.
To mark his birthday, take a look at some of the most elegant moments from his films on screen …
1. The big dresses of Kirsten Dunst in Marie-Antoinette
Arguably Coppola’s most fashionable film, Marie-Antoinette of 2006 saw Kirsten Dunst don a variety of incredible corseted dresses while playing the famous French monarch.
From gold brocade to blue silk to candy pink lace, the fabulous dresses meant the film was a shoo-in for the Oscar for Best Costume.
2. … and her perfect petticoats
In addition to Antoinette’s extravagant dresses, some of the film’s most memorable fashion moments come when the Queen is in a state of undress and shows off white ruffled petticoats.
3. Scarlett Johansson’s pink wig in Lost In Translation
One of the most famous scenes from fan favorite Lost in Translation (2003) saw Scarlett Johansson serenade Bill Murray at a karaoke in Tokyo.
While Johansson’s outfit isn’t standout, it’s the addition of a bubblegum pink wig that makes the look so iconic.
4. The floral dresses of the Virgin Suicides
In Coppola’s first feature film in 1999, the Lisbon sisters are forced to carry “ four identical bags ” for the homecoming dance, with Kirsten Dunst’s character rebelling by writing down the name of her date, Trip, on his underwear.
Teenage sisters might have hated frilly floral dresses, but now with the prairie fashion trend they are looking pretty fashionable again.
5. The Bling Ring tribute to Los Angeles
Set in the late Noughties, The Bling Ring is based on the true story of a group of teenagers who robbed the homes of celebrities, including Paris Hilton.
The boujee group, led by Emma Watson, is decked out in designer sets that refer to many of the era’s biggest trends, from skinny jeans and fur vests to Ugg boots and oversized sunglasses.
6. Period costumes of the seduced
Inspired by Gone with the Wind, The Beguiled in 2017 starred Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst as teachers at a girls’ school during the Civil War.
As expected of women at the time, the teachers and their five students are dressed in elegant and appropriate dresses by day, swapping their high-necked cotton dresses for satin dresses edged with lace in the evening. The detail is exquisite.
7. The natty knits of Rashida Jones in On The Rocks
In Coppola’s latest film, On The Rocks, Rashida Jones proves that you can be a big screen style icon even if you keep it casual.
Alongside Bill Murray, Jones dons a series of soft sweaters and faded jeans, accessorized with a gold chain necklace and Chanel handbag. It’s a classic jumpsuit that never goes out of style.