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The Future in the Past: Barbarella as the Intergalactic Runway
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1286-073X
(English)In: Film Fashion and Consumption, ISSN 2044-2823, E-ISSN 2044-2831Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

Jane Fonda’s intergalactic adventure, Barbarella (Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica, 1968), looms large in popular culture despite its mild reception in 1968. Disguised under its sartorial splendor, the film’s narrative clearly negotiates social anxieties of the late ‘60s. Similarly, the production design of the film incorporates contemporary elements from art, architecture and fashion. Paco Rabanne is frequently credited as the creator of Fonda’s onscreen parade of highly stylized costumes. Yet, the Spanish designer only created one of her eight outfits. The paper addresses this misconception by exploring how the film’s mise-en-scène captured the contemporary design trends beyond Rabanne’s participation, perpetuating Barbarella as a symbol of its own times.

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Barbarella, Paco Rabanne, Jane Fonda, Space Age, Fashion, Space Race, costume design, history
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Design Studies on Film Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
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Fashion Studies; Cinema Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108936OAI: diva2:761536
Available from: 2014-11-07 Created: 2014-11-07 Last updated: 2015-06-19

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