SUMMER VINTAGE: Rear Window

Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 movie turned Grace Kelly into a timeless icon but it was about time that we took a closer look at the film’s male character and his “domestic” style.

 Text: Mary Giatra

 

The hero of “Rear Window” is a wheelchair bound photographer (James Stewart) who spies on his neighbors from his apartment window and becomes convinced one of them has committed murder. The man himself, is a man of action that has been laid up with a broken leg and a heavy cast. He never leaves his apartment and has only two regular visitors -a visiting nurse and his elegant fiancée (Grace Kelly).

 

The level of danger and suspense is so far elevated that the movie is now considered as a work of art. Hitchcock’s genius is more manifest than ever and this masterpiece is a fine example of direction, set design and architecture and of course fashion.

 

Grace Kelly’s character is a fashion-loving model and dress designer. Edith Head’s costumes are very characteristic of the 1950s dominant silhouettes but in a more relaxed and less stylized way. The big contrast between the wardrobes of the two leads is what inspired is for this summer vintage outfit. Imagine James Stewart’s pajama look, with a hint of high fashion…

   

Clockwise from top left:

Cropped trousers, 35.95 EUR, ZARA

Shoulder bag, 12.95 EUR, H&M

Silk blouse with combination lapel, 19.99 EUR, ZARA

Oversized cat-eye sunglasses, Cheap Monday 33.13 EUR, www.asos.com

Tasseled moccasin, 29.99 EUR, ZARA

9-pack rings, 4.95 EUR, H&M