The Fifth Element
So there were 954 costumes produced for this film. Woa.
I promise I have tried to edit down the amount of images for this post but, it was tough. Some blood was shed.
Like many of the films that are in my repetitive library, The Fifth Element (1997) is strikingly visual and I will start this post off with my favourite image…
I definitely have a major crush on sci-fi. Especially ones that involve the future. Why wouldn’t I want to see what someone thinks New York in 2263 is going to look like?
I think this film is one of the reasons why I am a cinephile today. For me, it has everything that you need; romance, hot mamas and papas, fashion, action and my favourite; the ‘What is life question?’.
This isn’t Gaultier’s first job as a Costume Designer, he has designed for Pedro Almodovar’s Kika (1993) and The City of Lost Children (1995). As much as being a fashion designer you get to unleash creativtiy through fantasy it must be a welcomed outler to design without the constraits of a runway or ready-to-wear.
He explores the future through traditional and classic concepts that are washed with the lack of boudaries that science fiction conducts.
If I got to wear this uniform as an airhostess I would definitely switch to an aviation waitress career, easyjet take notes!
It is well known that the specifications of beauty and dress code are very strict on air hostesses. Certain makeup, hair, clothes and shoes. There is no denying that there is an emphasis on glamour and sex appeal, if you’re a minger then dont even think about it. I love how Gaultier has recognized this formation and blown it out of the park. It’s still a uniform, but there is emphasis on the chest area and the skirts are short. The hair is platinum blonder and the lashes are fake. Lush.
Oh and check out the shoes. Please?
The sailor and captain suits are nautical chic with Gaultier’s coture touch of gold glamour and trademark rings on the sleeves.
Chris Tucker’s hilarious portrayal as radio show host (has TV been banished?) Ruby Rhod is complemented by Gaultier’s appropirate designs of coture structure and outrageous transvestite prints.
I think I may dream of this outfit everynight for the rest of my life.
The most infamous costume; is that of young LeeLoo’s first outift. Bandage central. It covers up the good bits.
To all firey head ladies; the perfect being has your colour hair. 😀
Gaultier is dedicated to the max, he checked over all extra’s before they would be let loose on set, an example of his devotion to detail can be seen in the robot bartender and the receptionist.
Props to the production design aswell. Apparently this will be the QE2 of the future. There are no icebergs to look out for, but maybe suns or moons?
I couldn’t leave these out.
Hello McDonalds uniforms…corsets?
Would you like a side of a lapdance sir?
It’s ok LeeLoo. Well there is still so much war and not enough love, ok you can cry.
This beaut is the keeper of the keys to the earth’s survival. Stunning but yet an intelligent and talented being that is not human. We all know that we cant be trusted to save oursleves.
Classic Gaultier on the baddies:
So this is one of those gadgets that will definitely be made in the future. It’s a Chanel instant make-up box. LeeLoo looks into it and bammm….
…she is hot damm ready to save the world.
Just some eyecandy. I mean a shot of the tangerine ribbed tank that Korben Dallas sports throughout the majority of the film.
Closing shot of the film. LOVE ❤