TV fashion we've all fallen for
The real star of Gillian Anderson's crime drama is her silk blouse
Published 19/06/2013 | 05:00
Fans of The Fall have a nail-biting wait for season two of the crime drama after last week's cliffhanger ending. But at least we won't have to wait until next fall for another fix of DSI Stella Gibson's sexy silk blouses.
The forties style is back with a bang this season thanks to the latest TV sleuth played by Gillian Anderson, who's seen hunting down a Belfast serial killer in a series of slinky shirts on the show. In one episode, her blouse even gets in on the action when a button pops during a press conference.
From Sarah Lund's jumper to Columbo's raincoat, Gibson isn't the first fictitious detective to give new meaning to 'fashion police'.
Nor is it Anderson's only time to spark a trend on the small screen. As The X-Files' FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the '90s, she was famous for her pant suits.
However, the US actress says she much prefers Gibson's girlier look: "She's definitely my most sexually confident role.
"If she finds someone attractive, she has the balls to say, 'Hey, you know . . . come on', which I like in a woman."
But it's not just crime-busters making style history on the box.
Here, we look back on TV's most iconic items of clothing.
* Sarah Lund's Jumper
Nothing says "top cop" quite like a Christmas geansaí. When Denmark's most famous TV detective Sarah Lund (played by Sofie Grabol) first arrived on the scene in a woolly jumper six years ago though, it sparked a very Lund-likely trend.
In crime series The Killing, Lund loves her Faroe Island sweater so much, she only takes it off briefly to wash out the blood. But the Gudren & Gudren design, which costs £240, was caught up in a legal drama of its own earlier this year, when a shop in Jutland was ordered to stop selling £40 knitwear kits to create your own killer pullover.
* Fonzie's Leather Jacket
Aaay – where would The Fonz have been without his babe magnet jacket?
At first, ABC refused to let Happy Days star Henry Winkler wear the black leather creation, fearing it made him look like a thug.
But creator Gary Marshall got around the ban by showing Fonzie beside his motorbike so it was considered safety gear on the sitcom, which ran from 1974 to 1984.
*Tony Soprano's Bathrobe
Under his contract, Sopranos star James Galdofini was allowed keep the clothes worn by his mafia boss on the hit HBO series. But, in 2008, the big-hearted star auctioned off 24 outfits for a charity that helps soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, including the cotton bathrobe worn by Tony to fetch the paper and feed the ducks in the morning.
Telly's most famous dressing gown was expected to raise around $1,500 when it went under the hammer at Christie's. It sold for a staggering $13,750 instead.
* Carrie Bradshaw's Manolos
From the famous pink tutu to "the naked dress", fashion has always been the fifth star of Sex and the City. But it's sex columnist Carrie's beloved Manolo Blahniks that steal the shoe – quite literally in one memorable episode where she's mugged of her designer heels.
Despite turning the little-known Spanish fashion designer into a household name on the feet of Sarah Jessica Parker, Blahnik later grumbled: "If people talk to me about Sex and the City, I get sick. I have never wanted to be a celebrity designer."
* Columbo's Raincoat
Even though his beat was sun-drenched LA, crumpled detective Columbo (played by Peter Falk) was rarely without his raincoat. Columbo's wardrobe was provided by Falk himself, including the now-renowned mac made by Spanish company Cortifel.
Urban legend has it he wore the same coat for the show's entire run from 1968 to 2003. "I have a great deal of affection for it," joked Falk, before his death in 2011. "I've been known to say I put out a saucer of milk for it every night."
* Starsky's Cardigan
Detective Dave Starsky: fighting crime one purl stitch at a time. Supposedly based on a knitting pattern by US company Mary Maxim, Paul Michael Glaser's chunky cardi practically had its own fan base on the buddy cop show from 1975 to 1979.
Reprising the role for the big screen in 2004, Ben Stiller told: "We were trying to get the wardrobe exactly the way it was in the show. You know the SL76 Adidas that they stopped making [and] the cardigan sweater."
* JR Ewing's 10-Gallon Hat
If there was one thing wider than JR Ewing's villainous grin on Southfork Ranch, it was his trademark Stetson.
Dallas legend Larry Hagman donned the hardest-working headwear in television from 1978 to 1991, and again in last year's reboot. It even helped him become the highest-paid actor on TV during negotiations with CBS: "I had bought [all my representatives] 10-gallon hats to wear when they arrived at the meetings. I thought it was a good ploy."
* Rachel Green's Hairdo
Okay, so it's not an item of clothing, but of all the Friends, it's Rachel's haircut that has gone down in style history. Created by celebrity stylist Chris McMillan, 'The Rachel' remained popular long after Jennifer Aniston stopped sporting it on season three of the show in 1996. And the star reveals: "It's one of those things I think is hysterical, that me of all people, who grew up with the worst hair, is known for that."
*Joan Harris's Bullet Bra
Although sadly never seen on the show, it's what Mad Men star Christina Hendricks wears underneath those wiggle dresses that has turned her into sex symbol. As office sexpot Joan, the curvaceous redhead has helped bring vintage lingerie back into vogue. "It's quite a piece of engineering," explains the show's costume designer Janie Bryant of the bra. "It really does manipulate the shape of the breast."
*Daisy Duke's Shorts
Daisy Mae Duke's signature denim shorts were so, well, short, that star Catherine Bach reportedly had to wear flesh-coloured tights to get them past TV censors when The Dukes of Hazzard first aired in 1979. Now simply known as 'Daisy Dukes', the iconic cut-offs were even name-checked by Katy Perry in 'California Gurls'. Meanwhile, Catherine sells them on her own website for $54.