Prep school chic meets children’s book whimsy: this pastel, monogrammed combination has been the hallmark of Wes Anderson’s style since Rushmore. In the twenty years since he burst on the filmmaking scene, Anderson’s elegantly twee production design and wardrobe have left as indelible a mark on American fashion as on American cinema. Not only has Anderson’s work influenced countless runway shows, but you can find his imprint from shopping malls to Etsy stores. J.Crew and H&M owe a debt to the auteur, and whether you want to call it “hipster,” “nerdcore,” or “geek chic,” you have to admit that Anderson did as much as anyone to shape millennial fashion sensibilities. If you walk into a Halloween party in any of America’s hippest neighborhoods, from Silverlake to Williamsburg, from the Mission District to Wicker Park, you’re guaranteed to find Margots and Richies and Sams and Suzys, complete with fur coats and coonskin caps. The dialogue between the fashion world and the world inside Anderson’s mind has been rich, fascinating, and a vital part of fashion in the twenty-first century. It shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

Anderson’s legendary wardrobe came to be thanks to collaborations with two brilliant costume designers: Karen Patch and Milena Canonero. Patch was Anderson’s costume designer on his earlier films, lending them their hip, preppy, indie wardrobe aesthetic (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums). Canonero is responsible for Anderson’s more whimsical, later period costume designs starting with The Life Aquatic and continuing through The Grand Budapest Hotel, which earned her a fourth Oscar.

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