Some of you might know that the person writing this article (coughMEcough) goes to a little event that is becoming quite the talk of the town. Which event am I speaking of? RuffleCon, of course–an Alternative Fashion conference, taking place Oct. 2nd-4th at the Sheraton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, Connecticut. The event allows fans of all different kinds of styles (Lolita, Steampunk, Goth, etc.) to let their creativity shine and their ruffles sparkle in a safe environment, free of harassment and judgement, but yet full of fun.
In celebration of this conference, which I am so proud to be attending (and contributing to), here is a little list of flicks to get you in the mood for RuffleCon, which is only a week away! So get your best outfit, grab your suitcase, and get ready for a weekend full of fabulous frocks with these films to get you pumped for the occasion!
5. Marie Antoinette (2006)
Some movies we watch to get us in a certain state of mind, a way to escape to the delicious fairy tale of our dreams. Marie Antoinette, written and directed by Sophia Coppola, is one of those movies. Stunning in every detail, it arguably might not be the smartest movie ever made, but it sure as heck is the prettiest. It is important to note that this is one of the few films that was allowed to shoot in Versailles, and you can tell how much Sophia loved having that privilege. If you’re looking for some inspiration for your frills this RuffleCon, Marie Antoinette is where it’s at.
4. Beauty and the Beast (2014)
There are a lot of beautiful adaptations of Beauty and the Beast, but none of them (thus far anyway) have come as close to visual perfection as the 2014 French Version starring Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassell. Using the latest in visual effects, along with some of the most stunning costume design in recent years, this film brings the classic fairy tale to new extraordinary visual heights. And how can you go wrong with the winning on-screen pair of Seydoux and Cassell? Spoiler alert: You can’t.
3. Portrait of Jennie (1948)
For those looking for a slightly more creepy, Gothic Romance, ruffle-filled time, Portrait of Jennie is an excellent little under-appreciated gem. It tells the story of a man who meets a girl whom he falls madly in love with, but every time he sees her (in a very short span of time) she looks older. There is a lot of mystery, time travel, and special effects used that were all ahead of its time in both a technical and overall cinematic way. In my mind, thtis movie should be considered one of producer’s (David O. Selznick) crowning achievements (especially considering his wife, Jennifer Jones, plays the title role). Filled with beauty throughout, this is a film treasure not to be missed.
2. Gigi (1958)
If there was ever a movie that I could pin point as to the reason why I got into Alternative Fashion in the first place (specifically Lolita Fashion), Gigi would be that film. It is a musical that tells the story of a young girl who is transformed into a mature and strong woman, all the while falling in love and taking Paris by storm. There’s high fashion, an aunt obsessed with the Rococo era, and the amazing music of My Fair Lady’s Lerner and Loewe. Warning: watching this movie could result in strong urges to go the Paris. But go to RuffleCon first, obviously.
1. Austenland (2013)
Though there are many movies that show the fun and magic of RuffleCon, none come off more like a hilarious documentary than the cult-loved comedy Austenland. The film tells the story of Jane, who is in fact obsessed with author Jane Austin and the world of her novels. She loves this fictional life so much that she books a trip to England to see Austenland, the premiere Austen fan experience. There she tries on frilly dresses galore, meets tons of “eligible bachelors,” and even makes friends (plus some enemies), all the while discovering what she really wants in life. With hilarious/adorable performances by Keri Russell and her co-stars JJ Feild and Jennifer Coolidge, Austenland gets you– Alternative Fashion fans, fantasy and all.
So what are your favorite ruffle-filled movies of all time? Any of these make the list? Do you wear Alternative Fashion? And are you going to RuffleCon? Tell us in the comments below!
If you are interested in attending RuffleCon 2015, check out their website here. DG will be in attendance, and we hope we will see you there too!