The most beautiful costumes of Romy Schneider at the cinema

Almost forty years after his death, Romy Schneider remains the symbol of a modern woman in our minds. A free woman, affirming her sensuality and her frank character through each of her roles for the cinema. While the Cinémathèque française is currently devoting a major retrospective to him, and netflix makes her cult films available, the actress’s legacy is more than ever in the spotlight. Take the opportunity to remember his brilliant strokes, especially in terms of style. Because fashion and cinema have always been intimately linked, it is worth remembering the power of clothing, which helped create a special atmosphere for its characters. This is how Romy SchneiderThe career takes shape: through iconic silhouettes. Dive into 5 key moments.

How did fashion accompany Romy Schneider’s crazy career?

SisiErnst Marischka (1955)

When we talk about the career of Romy Schneiderit is impossible not to mention Sisi. On display in 1955 in the cult saga when she was only 17, it was this role of the young Bavarian who became Empress of Austria that made her a star. Romy has been identified with Sisi, her beauty and, inevitably, her clothes. Considered one of the most beautiful women of her time, the Empress, famous for her impeccable clothing, marked the history of fashion as much as the trajectory of the actress. But ironically, the public ended up viewing her only through this royal wardrobe made up of ball gowns, cinched waists and puffy petticoats. It took a long time to Romy Schneider get rid of this crinoline heroine image.

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Boccaccio 70Federico Fellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Mario Monicelli (1962)

Deciding to break with the image of the beautiful ingenue given to her and to live her life freely (personally and professionally), Romy Schneider stripped of her princely finery which had become suffocating. From then on, she was more modern and mature as seen in the film Boccaccio 70. Thanks to a Chanel locker room where the timeless tweed suits symbolized this desire to liberate women so that they are comfortable in their daily activities, Romy Schneider shone with mad elegance. “It’s an elegance that satisfies the mind even more than the eyes,” she said. Wearing the costumes of Gabrielle Chanel, she has adopted its codes: simplicity, comfort, independence. In the early 1960s, at a time when fashion was just beginning to turn away from its rigid rules, Coco Chanel was there for the fashion. Longtime friend of the director Luchino Viscontione could believe in a sign of fate as to his meeting with Romy Schneider. In any case, it was essential in the career of the actress.