20 Iconic Fashion Moments in French New Wave Cinema


French New Wave fashion has never gone out of style. Rodarte’s Laura Mulleavy has dubbed Jean Seberg’s Herald Tribune tee in Breathless “[the shirt] which everyone that I’ve ever known has always wanted.” Anna Karina’s sophisticated cat-eye is still enviable more than 50 years later. And it’s impossible to see Breton stripes without thinking of the Nouvelle Vague. The style icons of French New Wave cinema made outerwear cool, gave a wide headband the chic edge it was missing, and proved menswear often looked better on women.

Through December 24, Film Forum is screening Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film Pierrot le fou , starring Anna Karina and Jean-Paul Belmondo as a couple on the run. “Raoul Coutard’s sun-splashed color and Scope photography — done in the style of pop art, comic strips, and inspired improvisation” has been restored. To celebrate, we’re revisiting the genre’s fashionable past with a gallery of French New Wave cinema’s most iconic style moments.


Jules and Jim


A Woman is a Woman

Vivre sa vie

Le beau Serge

Les bonnes femmes

Bande à part

Paris Belongs to Us

Le signe du lion

The 400 Blows

Cléo from 5 to 7

Pierrot le fou

Masculin féminin


Tirez sur le pianiste

Week End


Adieu Philippine

Hiroshima Mon Amour