Backstory: Woody’s Women


During Woody Allen’s decades of moviemaking, his women have set the bar high for other actresses. However, only a few have become fashion icons. Here, our favorites.


In 1967 Mia Farrow made headlines when Vidal Sassoon cut her hair into a pixielike crop. She reprised the ’do in Husbands and Wives, albeit with far less fanfare.


Stardust Memories’ Charlotte Rampling earned sartorial notoriety (and a referential nod on Louis Vuitton’s fall runway) for wearing her Nazi lover’s suspenders and army cap in 1974’s The Night Porter. She still sizzled three decades later in bed with Juergen Teller for a Marc Jacobs ad.


Diane Keaton may have failed at love in Annie Hall, but with her neckties, baggy trousers, tailored vests, and fedoras, she succeeded in starting an androgynous trend.


Blink and you’ll miss her cameo appearance as a tightrope artist in Allen’s comedic thriller, Shadows and Fog, but Madonna’s memorable fashion moments run the gamut from Jean Paul Gaultier cone bras to her buttocks-baring scrap of lace at this year’s Oscars.


Despite being a muse to downtown designers like Proenza Schouler—to say nothing of her sought-after line for Opening Ceremony—indie darling Chloë Sevigny managed to channel an uptight bourgeois housewife to ironic perfection in Melinda and Melinda.


Carla Bruni went from runway glamazon with rock-star boyfriends to impeccably poised first lady in demure flats and Dior day dresses. For Allen’s latest film, Midnight in Paris, Mme. Sarkozy transforms yet again—into an unassuming museum guide in casual khakis.