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Film / Prêt-à-Porter

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"Sex. Greed. Murder. Some things never go out of style."

Prêt-à-Porter, released in the United States as Ready to Wear (Prêt-à-Porter), is a satirical comedy from 1994 focusing on the fashion industry in Paris during Fashion Week, and directed, produced and co-written by Robert Altman.

Despite its well-regarded director and All-Star Cast, the film was panned by critics and audiences alike, holding a 26% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.

This film provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: In great abundance. Perhaps the most egregious is the romantic sub-plot between Anne Eisenhower and Joe Flynn, which has no bearing whatsoever on the rest of the movie.
  • The Alcoholic: Anne Eisenhower, who downs three glasses of red wine in less than two minutes.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Many of the figures in the fashion industry.
  • Anime Hair
  • Bare Your Midriff: Albertine's wardrobe consists mostly of this, only accentuated by the fact that she is heavily pregnant.
  • Advertisement:
  • Camp Gay: Many of the male fashion designers.
  • Chick Magnet: The photographer, though it's up for debate whether his suitors want him for his looks or the fact that he's the most sought-after photographer in the business.
  • City of Weirdos: The film presents Paris (or, at least, the fashion indusrty in Paris) in this way.
  • The Dandy: Many examples throughout the film.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Pretty much all of the characters in the fashion industry seem to get it on very regularly.
  • Fashion Show: Obviously.
  • The Fashionista: Most of the film's characters qualify as this.
  • Gayngster: One fashion designer, while not explicitly a gangster, does look and dress in a very "gangsta" fashion, and is caught making out with another male designer.
  • Gay Paree: The film depicts Paris very much in this way.
  • Gratuitous French: It is in Paris, after all.
  • Advertisement:
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: Again, with fashion shows abound, this inevitably comes up.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Anne Eisenhower.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Joe Flynn is this, to a point.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Quite a few of these show up, naturally.
  • Public Exposure: The film has a whole scene filled with it, meant as a giant Take That! to the fashion industry
  • Random Events Plot: Very much so; many of the characters and scenes seem to be completely unrelated and the film seems to lack any real protagonist, antagonist, or coherent narrative.
  • Running Gag: One character repeatedly stepping in dog turds.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Many of the male characters are wearing very nice suits.
  • Shout-Out / Mythology Gag: To Sophia Loren's most famous scene in Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. As in that movie, she strips sensuously for her former lover (Marcello Mastroianni), but this time Mastroianni's character falls fast asleep by the time she's finished.
  • Straight Gay: One of the male fashion designers.
  • Suspect Is Hatless: An interesting variant, wherein a murder victim's chaffeur is asked to describe the perpetrator, only to reply that "white people all look alike" to him, and he differentiates people by the clothes they wear; so he can only describe (in great detail) what the suspect was wearing. The photographs taken by others also focus solely on the assailant's clothes as well, and therefore nobody knows what his face looks like.
  • Take That!: The movie was devised as a satire of the fashion industry.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: One character dresses as a woman to help keep his affair secret.

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