Fashionable Working Women in Film

Photo by: Courtesy of Everett Collection

Marnie

What do you wear to work if you're a larcenous frigid clerical worker intent on ripping off the boss? If you are Tippi Hedren in the title role

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Photo by: Courtesy of Everett Collection

Marnie

What do you wear to work if you're a larcenous frigid clerical worker intent on ripping off the boss? If you are Tippi Hedren in the title role of Marnie, you'll be exquisitely turned out in trim suits to rob the boss's till, tweedy tailleurs for equestrian pursuits, and smothering layers of virginal satin to rebuff your new husband Sean Connery. Alfred Hitchcock's heroine, a fascinating combo of the sullen and the batty, is magnificently tailored in every frame, though her irrational fear of the color red (not a joke, see the movie) means her palette is rigorously non-rosy.

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Wed, Sep 5, 2012 2:30 PM EDT
Lynn Yaeger, Vogue



Summer may be ending, which is always a little sad, but on the other hand the new season, so exciting the French even have a special word for it-le rentrée-is just around the corner. In the United States, this time of the year is heralded by Labor Day, a holiday meant to celebrate working women (and, OK, men too) in all their glory. To mark the first week in September, we thought it would be fun! educational! edifying! to see how our chicest cinematic sisters dress for a day on the job.



And here is what we found: At least in the movies, certain professions-espionage prominent among them-offer the opportunity to parade around in the most stylish outfits. Other careers rank high in our survey too: bohemian-bookstore clerk turned supermodel, viciously amoral TV executive, and even kleptomaniac clerk. Here, we pay Labor Day homage to some of the most fashionable women in American film history:



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