On Screen Vintage: Animal inspired by RaMona LaRue, Naeem Khan, Guess and more
Just finished watching one of the most well-crafted movies of all time! In my opinion any way.The Graduate is one of the greatest for a number of reasons- the sets and architecture; the soundtrack; Dustin Hoffman pre-Rain Man; but more so because of Anne Bancroft, the original cougar. I had never paid much attention to her wardrobe the first time I watched The Graduate, but it is apparent, Anne Bancroft’s character was supposed to be a domineering female vixen.
Take her first outfit, after Benjamin Braddock’s graduation party, a shimmery a-line leopard print with a sheer overlay. She was an absolute vision. Feminine and seductive, but not trashy. The dress may seem a bit gaudy, put I would rock it all day long. While trying to seduce Benjamin, Anne Bancroft, or Mrs. Robinson, undresses to a brassiere and slip, which is what else but more leopard. Talk about sending a message. I read that the director was inspired by Henry James’s “The Beast In the Jungle” when creating Mrs. Robinson’s wardrobe.
Several scenes later, we see Mrs. Robinson in a leopard print coat, unnecessary for a Cali summer; but nevertheless, stylish. Later Mrs. Robinson dons a black tie-neck sweater with a fitted giraffe print skirt. I searched for some classy animal prints you can add to your wardrobe in honor of the on-screen legend, including: a leopard print bra by Dirty Pretty Things at Asos for 86.20; a Guess leopard print faux fur coat at Nordstrom for $178.00; RaMona LaRue giraffe print skirt at Couture Candy, for $92.00 . Unfortunately, the Naeem Khan leopard inspired dress which would be characteristic of Mrs. Robinson is a little out of budget at $3990.00 but the Camilla and Marc Embossed Print is a nice substitute for $192.00 at Neiman Marcus.