Fashion in Film: Gia

Hello, La Dolce Vita readers! Jessica Amento here blogging to you from the heart of Los Angeles. Moving right along with my “Fashion In Film” series, I’m excited to draw attention to a particularly stirring piece of cinema this month: Gia. The biographical movie released in 1998 by Michael Cristofer chronicles the ill-fated life of supermodel Gia Marie Carangi, who came to fame in the late seventies with multiple Vogue covers and campaigns for Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, and Versace, before passing away tragically from complications of AIDS. In addition to putting Angelina Jolie on the map — her breakout performance as Gia earned her a Golden Globe and SAG Award — the film gives us a wealth of wardrobe inspiration.
Jolie’s outfits by costume designer Robert Turturice go a long way to convey Carangi’s rags-to-riches journey as a tomboy living in Philadelphia who blossoms into a glamorous cover girl. Below, we examine the movie’s most memorable looks, from rebellious leather jacket-and-tee combos to gorgeous gowns and more.
(Gia before she enters the modeling world in a crew neck tee and biker leather jacket.)
(One of my favorite looks in the movie; Gia in a crisp button-up blouse, high-waisted jeans and a buckle belt.)
(Gia on a shoot in a deep-red sleeveless slit dress with statement lips to match.)
(Gia dressed as a geisha in a gorgeous off-the-shoulder gown.)
(Gia on the runway in a stunning multicolor ballerina gown, satin gloves, and oversized sparkling earrings.)
If you’re bold enough to let Gia’s street-to-supermodel style influence your fall wardrobe, shop my inspired picks here now — and don’t forget to add Gia to your Netflix queue! xo, Jessica
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  1. Have always loved Angelina Jolie – she can pull off the Gia style so well! Great movie & feature!
    xo. Leslie
    Segreto Finishes

  2. I truly enjoyed your post thank you. The movie Gia, tragic story that it is,is probably my favorite Angelina Jolie movie and it definitely help put her on the map. I remember watching this on cable with it debuted and I was in fashion throw back heaven and not to mentioned totally blown away by Angie’s performance and the troubled life of this Gia Carangi. I just may have to feature your blog post in one of my Friday “Links to Share” features.