The earthy and hippie 1970’s decade was not a very significant Era regarding gambling and fashion until we started to near the 1980’s again. We also saw the resurgence of widespread gambling in accordance to the economic growth. To top it up, the 1980’s was also when gambling became a state governed industry. However, there is no other industry which has influenced fashion and style as much as the movie industry.
Naturally we have to mention two of the most iconic casino related movies, Goodfellas from 1990 and Casino from 1995, and both are directed by Martin Scorsese. What is interesting however, is that the movies are from the 90’s. They portray the decades of the hurried and loud 70’s and 80’s Las Vegas in retrospective. From costumes to casting, the wardrobe is always crucial to Scorsese and the director is notorious for his dazzling visual sense. Hence, the movies’ iconic status.
With its immense success, Goodfellas began the trend in the US of the deep collared and steep pointed shirts. This collar is sometimes called a “Sorprano Collar” or “Mafia Collar. This collar style was also used in Casino, however what made the movie famous is the epic storyline. The movie features synthetic energies that clash in more ways than just the clothing material. In Las Vegas it was all about wearing your money to show your excess.
With trends come counter trends however, and perhaps it was a conscious choice by director Steven Soderbergh to feature Gerorge Clooney in a movie about slick Las Vegas and place him in a tuxedo for 2001’s Ocean’s Eleven. And does not Julia Roberts dress from Ocean’e Eleven remind us of that Sharon Stone wore? While it is not until now in the 21st century that we have entered the ‘future’ of gambling. Gambling is bigger than ever yet its glamorous status is being accused for crumbling.