Vintage Style: The Virgin Suicides

Rachel/February 12, 2013

The Virgin Suicides is a 1999 American film written and directed by Sofia Coppola and produced by her father Francis Ford Coppola. Based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides, the film tells the story surrounding the suicides of five sisters in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit during the 1970s.

The film is ripe with a “melancholy sweetness” and is a gently humorous and honest look at the angst and awkwardness of girls turning into women. The mysterious and rebellious Lisbon sisters, led by Kirsten Dunst as Lux, are strikingly beautiful and the mood of the film is dreamlike and surreal. In costume, Coppola pays serious homage to the period, with preppy vintage schoolgirl looks and whimsical dresses. The girls are at the same time virginal and overtly sexual, in ’70s nightgowns, barefaced and ethereal. In true Sofia Coppola fashion, The Virgin Suicides is stunningly gorgeous with a superb sense of style.

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