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@undressingcinema is the IG celebrating the best cinematic style moments

Meet the film fanatic behind @dazedfashion’s Instagram of the week

From iconic on-screen style courtesy of the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Francoise Hardy, to unforgettable red carpet moments, @undressingcinema is dedicated to the symbiotic relationship between fashion and film. “It could be best described as undressing film’s most fabulous sartorial moments,” says its curator Lana Ghandour, who started the account following a masters degree in Film Studies at Columbia.

Initially, @undressingcinema was an anonymous project. “I felt like it was so personal I didn’t want to tell anyone about it,” explains Ghandour. “When I was studying I wrote an extensive thesis on the performance of fashion in film, with a particular emphasis on Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot. After graduating I had a substantial amount of theoretical and visual material on the subject, so I just started the account casually for my own self.”

Now the account has amassed over 8000 followers who look to @undressingcinema for archive film stills and clips that celebrate the work of directors like Pedro Almodovar, Nadine Labaki, and Martin Scorsese, and the style of actors including Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Marlon Brando and Jane Birkin. “Old is gold, they don’t make them like that anymore,” says Ghandour.

Ghandour has loved cinema for as long as she can remember. “I’m fascinated by actors and their wardrobes. The idea of characters being able to transform themselves into a completely different identity on screen has always appealed to me.” Through @undressingcinema, she’s also able to explore her fascination with both the academic and theoretical aspects of fashion in film.

It must be “informative, yet fun” she explains, but there’s no set criteria as such. “Sometimes that defeats the point. It’s a very organic process and it really depends what I’ve seen, or read, or what has inspired me that day. I’m big on emotional reactions! The image or scene has to excite me, inspire me, or mirror my mood. When I first started the account I used to write really long informative captions, but then I realised that the material should be short enough to keep you hooked, but long enough to teach you something new!”

“Sometimes I’ll be browsing online and I’ll see an Yves Saint Laurent feather dress and I’ll think, ‘that looks exactly like the feather neckline dress Kate Moss wore to Cannes in 1998 with Johnny Depp… must post now!’ Or I’ll see a woman wearing an oversized denim shirt and think ‘remember when Bardot rocked that back in Roger Vadim’s And God Created Woman?’ and I’ll post it instantly.”

And God Created Woman is in fact one of Ghandour’s top three films, alongside La Piscine – for the looks – and Blow Up: “a wardrobe full of Courrèges and 60s clothes – what more could you want on screen?”

When it comes to Ghandour’s all time favourite post, though, it’s an image of French icon Mireille Darc in a “scandalous but super chic” Guy Laroche dress in 1972’s The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe. “This Mireille Darc moment was insane,” says Ghandour. “It’s the most iconic long-sleeved, high-neck, backless gown to ever grace the big screen.”