Jodie Foster: Taxi Driver (1976)
“You talkin to me? You talkin to me??”
Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver (1976) has become an iconic and culturally significant film from the seventies. Robert De Nero stars as Travis, a mentally unstable post-Vietnam war veteran, who has got a job as a taxi driver in New York. A very young Jodie Foster stars as a teenage prostitute, in her breakthrough role as Iris ‘Easy’ Steensma. The two characters meet when Iris hops into Travis’s cab, escaping an altercation with her pimp. Travis feels obligated to try and save Iris from her destructive life and tries to convince her to return to her family. This has to be one of the best Scorcese films of all time, with incredible performances by both De Nero and Foster. Watch the trailer here.
Foster’s casting as the role of Iris was met with much controversy, as she was only thirteen years old when filming took place. One thing that can’t be argued with, is that she is super stylish. She struts up the street with her floppy hat, sky-high platforms and hot-pants; an iconic look from the film.
Ruth Morley was the costume designer for the film and what a fantastic job she did. She really managed to capture the youth and playfulness of Jodie’s character through the use of the bold colours and patterns from the seventies. Iris’s wardrobe has gone on to inspire the fashion industry repeatedly, with a Marc Jacobs inspired collection in 2011 and a Harper’s Bazarre’s editorial re-enactment shoot with Chloe Moretz and Keanu Reeves. Iris’s style will forever be recreated.
This look is perfect for Summer 2014, especially with all the sun we have been having lately. Below are my favourite Taxi Driver inspired looks that incorporate today’s trends on the high-street. Let me know which look is your favorite in the poll below!
1. Floppy White Sun Hat £21 2.Motel Metallic Clutch £19 3.Monki Silver Cropped Vest £15 4. Topshop Flower Foil Shorts £10 5.ASOS Rounded Blue Sunnies £12 6.Summersha Blue Floppy Hat £8 7.Giant Silver Platforms £55
IRIS RED & WHITE