Award that suit an Oscar: Meet the real star of Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and now Indecent Proposal . . . Nino Cerruti. Roger Tredre reports

THE NEW Adrian Lyne film, Indecent Proposal, released next week in which Demi Moore plays a married woman offered dollars 1m to sleep with well- bred billionaire Robert Redford, has been talked about for all the wrong reasons. Never mind that tricky moral dilemma, and the gravity-

defying quality of Moore's breasts. Look at Redford's suits: swelegant, six-button double-breasted, modern but not too hip. Peak lapels, of course, and with the slight suppression at the waist that emphasises the lean form beneath.

The man has known how to look the part ever since The Great Gatsby and The Sting, but Indecent Proposal marks a real return to form for the Redford wardrobe. Not retro, mind you. This is top-notch contemporary men's schmutter from Italian designer- label Cerruti 1881. Elegant but not flashy. 'Oh no,' says Bernie Pollack, costume designer, who has worked on 25 films with Redford. 'We had to be careful not to make Bob's character look like a sleazy high-roller.'

That meant no shiny fabrics, no glitzy jewellery and classic tones of blue, grey and black. 'I would have liked to have used French cuffs,' confides Pollack. 'But this might have implied a slickness that wasn't right for the character. The shirts were all in off-white, pure white, light blue and a few stripes.'

What about Redford's ties? 'Deep rich silk ties with small patterns, no stripes at all. And a subtle accent with silk pocket squares, very conservative in colour and design.' Mock not. These details matter. Indecent Proposal is full of intimate scenes with lots of close-ups. A well chosen wardrobe can tell an audience more about a character than a page of script.

The power of cinema and its inter- relationship with fashion should never be underestimated. Usually the female costumes get the attention, but it might be argued that outfits worn by the male film stars have been equally influential.

In the Thirties, men copied Jimmy Cagney's pinstriped suits and snap- brim fedoras. In the Forties, they went for Clark Gable's broad-shouldered suits and bold ties. In the Sixties, they were lured into the slim-line Italian-inspired clothes worn by Marcello Mastroianni in La Dolce Vita.

Cinema, and in particular Hollywood cinema, has produced men's tailoring of rare elegance. Costume designers can put together perfect wardrobes on film. They conjure up magical escapist worlds where men's suits never develop creases, and shirts are always crisp and white. How men wish it could be so in real life.

Many menswear designers openly admit they draw inspiration from Hollywood. Giorgio Armani has loved the films of the Thirties and Forties ever since childhood, when the local cinema was the only form of entertainment in Piacenza. Cinema, he says, is 'my second love - outside fashion'. Armani has designed several screen wardrobes, most memorably for Brian De Palma's The Untouchables. But the fashion designer with the longest track record of working with Hollywood is Nino Cerruti, who supplied Redford's suits. Since 1986, Cerruti's clothes have starred in 39 films, including Fatal Attraction, Pretty Woman, The Silence of the Lambs and Basic Instinct.

Like Armani (who once worked for him), Cerruti has an almost childlike delight at being involved in the film world. 'I love it,' he says. 'Such a break from routine. All that glamour.' Cerruti, a charming, sophisticated veteran of the international menswear world, has always had an eye for publicity. In the Sixties, he painted a dozen sports cars petrol blue and had them driven through the streets of Rome into the lobby of a hotel - with Anita Ekberg in the lead car. It was his way of introducing a new colour to the fashion market.

Cerruti is open about his motives. 'Where else can you affect the minds and attitudes of so many? When film stars are dressed in your clothing, the impact internationally is enormous.'

This is why the Oscar night has turned into a fashion battleground, with rival designers vying to dress the stars. They know the value in marketing terms. But Cerruti prefers to concentrate on the films rather than the Oscars and so has had a lasting, if under-acknowledged, impact on menswear in the Eighties and Nineties. So take a good look at Redford's suits: they make that indecent proposal seem, well, almost decent.

(Photograph omitted)

Life and Style
ebooksA superb mix of recipes serving up the freshest of local produce in a delicious range of styles
Life and Style
ebooksFrom the lifespan of a slug to the distance to the Sun: answers to 500 questions from readers
David Moyes gets soaked
sport Moyes becomes latest manager to take part in the ALS challenge
Life and Style
techCould new invention save millions in healthcare bills?
peopleEnglishman managed quintessential Hollywood restaurant Chasen's
Life and Style
food + drinkHarrods launches gourmet food qualification for staff
Arts and Entertainment
Michael Flatley prepares to bid farewell to the West End stage
danceMichael Flatley hits West End for last time alongside Team GB World champion Alice Upcott
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
Mosul dam was retaken with the help of the US
voicesRobert Fisk: Barack Obama is following the jihadists’ script
Life and Style
Black Ivory Coffee is made using beans plucked from elephants' waste after ingested by the animals
food + drinkFirm says it has created the "rarest" coffee in the world
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie T plays live in 2007 before going on hiatus from 2010
arts + entsSinger-songwriter will perform on the Festival Republic Stage
Life and Style
food + drinkThese simple recipes will have you refreshed within minutes
Jermain Defoe got loads of custard
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Business Analyst - Banking - London - £550 - £650

    £550 - £650 per day: Orgtel: Business Analyst - Traded Credit Risk - Investmen...

    Data Insight Manager - Marketing

    £32000 - £35000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based o...

    Data Centre Engineer - Linux, Redhat, Solaris, SAN, Puppet

    £55000 per annum: Harrington Starr: A financial software vendor at the forefro...

    .NET Developer

    £600 per day: Harrington Starr: .NET Developer C#, WPF,BLL, MSMQ, SQL, GIT, SQ...

    Day In a Page

    All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

    Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

    Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
    Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

    Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

    So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
    Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

    Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

    Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
    French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

    French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

    The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
    Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

    Radio 1’s new top ten

    The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
    David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

    David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

    A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
    Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

    Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

    The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
    Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

    Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

    A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
    Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

    Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

    Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
    Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

    Nick Clegg the movie

    Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
    Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

    Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

    Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
    Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

    Waxing lyrical

    Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
    Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

    Revealed (to the minute)

    The precise time when impressionism was born
    From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

    Make the most of British tomatoes

    The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
    10 best men's skincare products

    Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

    Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf