Today I came to a realization. I may be a sucker for romantic comedies, and I love a good cry from a perfect love story, but I am a total sci-fi fan. Movies about monsters, aliens, and worlds both like and unlike our own have always fascinated me, and with good reason; they are awesome! My favorite films are the ones that transport you for two hours, and make you forget about a deadline or a bad day. And, honestly, after watching stupid humans being chased and attacked by monsters for a few hours, how badly can you really feel? So, without further ado, here are my favorite science fiction flicks and their cool, futuristic fashions:
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
The Monster: Frankenstein’s monster, and his unwilling bride
The Discovery: This sequel to the original is better than its predecessor, in my opinion, with some beautiful dialogue, incredible insight into the human and its creations’ minds, and a touching ending.
The Look: Proper and classic clothing including silky, beaded gowns for the women and dapper suits with wide lapels for the men. The monster and his bride are draped in oversized and misshapen strips of fabric.
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
The Monster: Time, and its inevitable draw on the human body and psyche
The Discovery: One of the most confusing, disturbing, and beautiful movies ever made, Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece has elements of the past, future, and present issues of humankind, and other species.
The Look: The movie itself is a visual masterpiece, and a screed on technology and mankind. With so few real characters, the settings, with their gleaming white surfaces and ornate bedrooms, are the true fashion centerpieces.
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Monster: The Droogs, a futuristic ultra-violent street gang
The Discovery: Another Kubrick tour de force, and one of my all-time favorite movies (and books), this film is an examination of violence and the human response, to put it lightly. A must-watch, for sure, but not for the faint of heart.
The Look: All-white ensembles with black bowler hats, boots, and canes for the droogs. Glamorous red jumpsuits, go-go boots, and the coolest London style for their victims.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Monster: Dr. Frank N Furter, a “sweet transvestite” from Outer Space
The Discovery: This insane rock musical is a brilliant parody of sci-fi movies from decades past with a deep macabre personality all its own. Going to a midnight movie revival show is definitely on my bucket list.
The Look: Fishnets, gold bathing suits, pearls, and lace bodices. And that’s just for the men.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
The Monsters: Extra-terrestrials from Outer Space
The Discovery: My dad’s all-time favorite movie, this one is a classic for Steven Spielberg fans, lovers of ‘70s sci-fi, and anyone who finds importance in a plate of mashed potatoes.
The Look: Total Seventies Midwest; silk blouses, velvet polos, plaid, khaki jackets, and cute PJ’s for the kids.
Star Wars Trilogy (1979-1983)
The Monsters: The Dark Side, led by Sith Lord Darth Vader
The Discovery: I assume that most of my readers are familiar with the story from “a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” Luke Skywalker, along with Princess Leia and Han Solo, must use the force to defeat the dark side from taking over the galaxy. Sci-fi movies are changed forever.
The Look: White robes for Luke, hair buns and a gold bikini for Leia, and a slick leather vest for Han. Black breathing mask for Darth Vader.
The Monster: Aliens, duh
The Discovery: The alien movie to end all others, Ridley Scott envisioned a world where acid-blooded dark-hooded creatures wished to impregnate human beings and take over Earth. James Cameron carried the torch in the superior (in my opinion) sequel.
The Look: Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley was equal parts sexy and tough-as-nails in her skimpy tank tops and giant metal robot suit.
Blade Runner (1982)
The Monster: Corporations and the “replicants” they manufacture
The Discovery: Anther Ridley Scott gem, this film has the quintessential slick and depressing look that dystopian science fiction in the ‘80s was known for. With hints to the retro noir genre and Harrison Ford on a rampage, it’s a must-see.
The Look: Cool collar-up coats, dramatic ‘40s-style dresses and hairstyles, and one terrifyingly half-naked man running around the city.