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Feb 26 / admin

Cabaret Anniversary

Cabaret movie style

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40s Cabaret style

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Cabaret movie style

Sunday’s Oscars marked the 40th anniversary of 1972 movie musical Cabaret winning eight Oscars (of its 10 nominations), including the statues for Best Actor and Best Actress. By lovely accident, I caught the anniversary showing on Turner Classic Movies this month. The film has long served as style inspiration for its sound and moves and makeup and sets and (of course) Liza’s sumptuous costumes, why not for menswear too? True, the ’70s have ruined a lot of fashion trends for good, and menswear took its fair beating (I don’t see how those collars will ever make it back); but since this was the American ’70s doing ’40s Germany, a couple of classic men’s looks slipped through, perhaps as well as an overall loung-y, sexed up cool-ness, which is very vintage 1970s USA (with plenty of help from Michael York). And maybe that’s one of the style lessons here–Fair Isle vest, collar pins, wide wool lapels, even a boater hat–classics statements made with an buttoned attitude.


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