For this weekly column, writer Mishal Cazmi highlights an iconic fashion film, item, or collaboration and explores its influence on style and pop culture. Above, Annie Hall‘s Diane Keaton (in Ralph Lauren tie given to her by Grammy Hall) with Woody Allen.
Ruth Morley was credited with designing the costumes for Woody Allen’s Annie Hall, but the wardrobe’s true essence, right down to many of its key pieces, originated with Diane Keaton. After the 1977 film, Keaton became known for her influential wardrobe almost as much as for her inspired performance. She became Woody Allen’s on-screen muse and a fashion icon for the rest of us.
In the movie, she wears vintage menswear—slacks, loose-fitting jackets, vests, fedoras, neckties—with complete conviction. She’s a master of layering, combining seemingly disparate separates into disheveled, effortless chic. “I love what you’re wearing,” Allen’s character, Alvy Singer, tells Annie Hall during their first meeting.
Allen himself was a fan of Keaton’s sartorial originality. In a 1995 interview, he is quoted as saying that Morley, the costume designer, objected to what Keaton wore to the set: “And I said, ’Leave her. She’s a genius…Let her wear what she wants.’”