West Side Story: Movie and Fashion

West Side Story Fashion: Maria inspired - Lulus Love Swept White Lace Midi Skater Dress

I am so excited that Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story film is released in movie theaters today – December 10, 2021. It is interesting to see new takes on beloved material.

This film is so rich in details and specificity- culture, history, textures, movement, choreography, costumes, camera shots and angles, and relationships. Each element of the story is driven by masterful artists at work and play.

One of my favorite sequences is the “Dance at The Gym” which highlights the costume choices made by Paul Tazewell. The Jets are in the cooler colors of blues and greens and the Sharks are in the reds and oranges.  The dancing is passionate and high-energy!

The chemistry between the cast is so beautiful to experience. My favorite pair is actually the family-like relationship between Maria (played by newcomer Rachel Zegler) and Anita (Ariana DeBose). Anita gets to wear a sunny yellow dress for the iconic “America” song instead of the purple color made famous by Rita Moreno’s Anita.

Steven Speilberg is a genius in bringing the audience close up and personal with a story of love, fear, survival, family, brotherhood, prejudice, loss, and historical grounded truth.

What: An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds.

Release Date: December 10, 2021
Executive Producers: Rita Moreno, Daniel Lupi, Adam Somner, Tony Kushner
Produced By: Steven Spielberg, P.g.a., Kristie Macosko Krieger, P.g.a Kevin Mccollum
Original Choreography By: Jerome Robbins
Choreographed By: Justin Peck
Based On The Stage Play, Book By: Arthur Laurents,
Music By: Leonard Bernstein, Lyrics By Stephen Sondheim,
Play Conceived, Directed, And Choreographed By: Jerome Robbins
Lyrics By: Stephen Sondheim, Music By: Leonard Bernstein
Screenplay By: Tony Kushner
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Noteable Cast: Ansel Elgort (Tony), Rachel Zegler (Maria), Ariana DeBose (Anita), David Alvarez (Bernardo), Rita Moreno (Valentina)

West Side Story Fashion 2021

West Side Story Inspired Fashion

This movie takes place in the mid-1950s! Here is some vintage inspiration with a modern twist from the movie.

The white lace v-neck dress from Lulus is a classic design and would be perfect for the holidays! It is inspired by Maria’s gym and balcony scene.

“The white dress is reflective of a confirmation dress, and then also stylistically, it’s something that her family has decided is appropriate for her to wear. With the addition of the belt—that was one of the changes from the original productions. When Anita gives the belt to Maria for the dance at the gym, it’s meant to be seen as a token of pleasing her and wanting her to grow and mature. That was a beautiful moment between the two of them.”
– Tony Award-winning costume designer Paul Tazewell (Hamilton, In the Heights, The Color Purple)

If you love vintage-inspired clothing pieces check out Unique Vintage. For more authentic clothing pieces from the 1950’s you can go to some of my favorite Etsy shops like VintedgeNYC.

West Side Story Fashion: Maria inspired - Lulus Love Swept White Lace Midi Skater Dress
West Side Story Fashion: Maria inspired - Lulus Love Swept White Lace Midi Skater Dress
West Side Story movie inspired fashion - IETS FRANS Crop Knit Polo Top in white
IETS FRANS Crop Knit Polo Top
West Side Story Movie Poster 2021
West Side Story Fashion: Maria inspired - Lulus Love Swept White Lace Midi Skater Dress

The soundtrack is also released today too! Click Here for purchase options!
Book: West Side Story: The Making of the Steven Spielberg Film Hardcover. This is a great Christmas gift for a musical fan!

Outfit Details:

Dress: Lulus Love Swept White Lace Midi Skater Dress

If you love Maria’s Dress I found one very similar on Etsy!
CURIEL Italian Couture vintage 1950s white organdy embroidered wedding dress – size XS

Belt: Raina ‘Lillian’ Belt in Red
Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick Parisian Red
Necklace: Macy’s Cubic Zirconia Cross 16″ Pendant Necklace in Sterling Silver

Top: IETS FRANS Cropped Knit Polo Top in white
Jeans: Ann Taylor Sculpting Pocket High Rise Skinny Jeans In Classic Mid Wash
Necklace: My necklace is the Natalie B Lacroix Necklace but here are some similar options by Gratitude and Grace – Here and Here

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