In the ancient Greek mythology, Pygmalion was the creator of a statue which came to life.
Cinderella is a young woman living in unfortunate circumstances that are suddenly changed to remarkable fortune.
We LOVE these stories… We want to believe that everything is possible in life .. we like to tell the story of Cinderella to our kids teaching them that their circumstances do not determine their future.
When they grow up, they go to the movies and watch the modern fairy tales. We simply adore stories of ugly ducklings turning into beautiful swans.. Maybe because they give hope for each and every of us?
I’ve picked those movies from the history which have the most striking resemblances to the Pygmalion myths for me. Can you think of any others to complete the list?
My Fair Lady – 1964
The breathtaking musical extravaganza won 8 Academy Awards in 1964. In this beloved adaptation of a Broadway stage hit Audrey Hepburn plays a sassy working-class London street vendor whom an arrogant professor attempts to turn into a sophisticated lady through proper schooling. The humble flower girl blossoms into the toast of London’s elite and Hepburn’s sweet spirit and great play makes the movie a timeless classic.
Pretty Woman – 1990
Pretty Woman is another widely successful romantic comedy about a Hollywood prostitute who is hired by a wealthy businessman to be his escort for several business and social functions. Along with her developing relationship with the businessman brought alive by Richard Gere, the character played by Julia Roberts transforms from streetwalker to beautiful elite. The movie earned her a Golden Globe Award and the world has actually been watching her own makeover from a little-known actress to one of the highest paid Hollywood’s stars.
The Devil Wears Prada – 2006
The Devil Wears Prada is a loose screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel. It stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea Sachs, a university graduate who goes to New York City and gets a job as a co-assistant to powerful fashion magazine editor, played by Meryl Streep. Becoming part of the glamorous world of fashion magazines, the character of Anne Hathaway goes through a complete makeover in order to prove her dedication towards her job and demanding boss. The movie was a huge commercial success and as many designers allowed their clothes and accessories to be used in the film, it became the most expensively costumed film in history.
From fashion perspective, the above choices are great examples of the fact that CLOTHES can actually MAKE THE CHARACTER. It’s not true that not the clothes make the man. With a good taste, smart styling and some high-end wardrobe pieces a whole new yourself can smile back from the mirror.
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