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Women In Film: Motor Fashion

Although most motor films tend to crank up the testosterone in their protagonists’ adventures, women’s fashion – combined with their skill and strength – continues to shine in such movies.

In fact, the influence of women’s fashion on motor films has begun to transcend the movie industry.

In an interview with Forbes, Aston Martin Design Chief Marek Reichman explains that the British luxury sports car maker has been widening its horizons and looking into collaborating with various brands. They’ve recently partnered with the British fashion line Hackett and released a line of polo shirts and jackets.

Fans of both automobile brands and racing, in general, will have to wait and see what the future holds in store for collaborations of this nature. However, one thing that’s certain is the scene-stealing potential of women’s fashion on motor films.

Here are some iconic women in motor movies which featured memorable outfits.

Women in Film: Motor Fashion

Anita Page in Speedway (1929)

motor fashionAnita Page in Speedway (Image credit: Apocalypse Later)

This late-period silent movie may have been unusual – in the sense that it’s a romantic comedy instead of an action flick with its Indy 500 setting – but its historic value is undeniable. Speedway stars William Haines and Anita Page, whose roles as Bill and Pat, respectively, were their last silent film parts.

Haines may have had the lead role, but audience’s eyes were quick to follow Anita Page’s character and her elegant ensembles.

motor fashionIndy500 in Speedway (Image credit: Apocalypse Later)

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in Thelma and Louise

motor fashionThelma and Louise 1991 (Image credit: Metro Goldwin Mayer)

Thelma and Louise is a critically acclaimed film for a lot of reasons. Excellent screenwriting, beautiful shots of Louise’s 1996 Ford Thunderbird, strong feminist themes, and wonderful acting all combine for one funny, compelling, and ultimately heartbreaking film.

However, one aspect that fans of the movie are still talking about is the fashion style of both lead characters. Glamour Magazine featured the film in commemoration of its 25th anniversary, and explored how the outfits of the leading women reflected the different stages of their journey. Their getups, of course, are just as cool today as they were then.

motor fashionThelma and Louise (Image credit: Metro Goldwin Mayer)

The Bond Girls

motor fashionBond Girl / Akiko Wakabayashi and Toyota 2000GT Roadster in You Only Live Twice (Image credit: United Artists)

It’s common knowledge that James Bond’s women share many characteristics with his cars: they’re all dangerously beautiful and more than a little interchangeable. Fidelity issues aside, the fashion evolution of Bond girls has been described by Vogue as a cult favorite.

Whether it’s Grace Jones’ deadly persona in A View To Kill, or Sophie Marceau’s evening gowns in The World Is Not Enough, audiences are always at the edge of their seats for Bond girl fashion. At times, it’s just as much as they anticipate Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 (Goldfinger, Casino Royale, Golden Eye), Mercury Cougar (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service), and Toyota 2000GT Roadster (You Only Live Twice).

The world of Bond girl fashion, which encompasses everything from bikinis to ball gowns, has since then expanded outside of the big screen and into everyday life. Countless guides have been made and written for women to emulate the iconic looks. Even in the world of gaming, multiple agent incarnations of femme fatale have been born.

The mobile slots title Jane Blonde on the Slingo platform, for one, is a mix of Bond-esque design and female stylishness. With the Bond franchise showing no signs of ending soon, expect to see more ladies with killer outfits on the big screen.

Gal Gadot in the Fast and the Furious Franchise

motor fashionGisele Yashar 2009, 2011, 2013 (Image credit: Universal Pictures)

Dressing up while on the run from law enforcement agencies and fighting bad guys might seem like a tiring ordeal, but Gal Gadot’s Gisele Yashar made it look very easy. Before she catapulted to lead star fame as Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, Gadot played the fearless and sultry Gisele.

She prefers her Ducati Streetfighter or taking the passenger seat while her partner Han took the steering wheel. Nonetheless, Gisele also proved to be a very capable precision driver, all the while sporting her signature black leather jacket with a studded collar.

Angelina Jolie in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

motor fashionLara Croft 2001 (Image credit: Paramount Pictures)

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is a special mention as it’s not exactly a motor-laden film and did not feature as many motoring sequences as others in this list. Still, Angelina Jolie’s character did get some excellent driving scenes. Her motorcycle chase was even awarded by Motorcycle News as the Greatest Motorcycle Movie Scene in 2008.

The first silver screen adaptation of the video game franchise was not well-received by the majority of critics, but almost everyone agrees that Jolie is the perfect Lara Croft. She was dressed in the character’s iconic explorer’s outfits consisted mainly of tank tops and cargo pants.

The style’s rugged appeal still remains, and it was even emulated by the actress outside filming. The Lara Croft outfit has since become a staple ensemble for everyone from Kim Possible to Kourtney Kardashian.

Did we miss any of your fashion favorites in motor films? Feel free to share them through your comments!



Contributed Post by Julie Scott.

About The Author: Julie Scott buys and sells secondhand automobiles and runs an auto parts dealership. Growing up with three older brothers, she developed her love for cars while still young and now shares it with her own family.

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