“I’m Going To Make You An Outfit You Can’t Refuse.”

Some might call the fashion of mob wives tacky, flashy, or nouveau riche. They would be mostly right. These guys and dolls got rich, like, yesterday, and it’s clearly evidenced in their choice of clothing. It’s usually all furs, sequins, animal prints, acrylic nails, big jewelry and even bigger hair. If you’re looking for sartorial subtlety, you’re in the wrong genre.

When I was making this supercut, I was especially impressed by The Godfather Part III. Widely regarded as the worst movie in the series, and maybe one of the worst movies ever, this cinematic mess had my favorite outfits. In her velvet blazers, Diane Keaton is essentially Annie Hall (if Annie Hall was married to a terrifying mobster). Talia Shire is a vision of Sicilian elegance in head to toe black, practically swaddled in gold jewelry.

Other favorites include everything worn by Sharon Stone in Casino, Drea de Matteo choosing her wedding dress, and Michelle Pfeiffer’s epic bitchface. All of these goomahs, molls, and wives featured are dressed to reflect the wealth and status of their beloved mobsters. As Henry Hill might say: “Fuck you, dress me.”

text by Daniel Reis

Woody’s Women

Woody Allen is consistently praised for creating challenging roles for women. His ability to score with a great many of them (either as himself or through Virgil, Sandy, Gabe, Boris…) must be reward for this happy fact. Woody’s women are an inimitable breed: often brilliant, self-sufficient, and nervous, with similar sartorial traits. This is most obviously exemplified by Diane Keaton in Annie Hall. (True story, Annie’s Ralph Lauren duds are based on Keaton’s own wardrobe. The costume designer, Ruth Morley, wasn’t having it. It was the first and last time she worked with Allen.)

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