According to fashion’s gatekeepers, skinny jeans are “out”. We’re also seeing a long decline of sex in (American) cinema. Now, this could be a coincidence, or it could be symptoms of the same trend—that is to say, films are far less erotic than they used to be. Mainstream films, anyways.
Like Dolly Parton, I have always been a fan of a nice ass in a pair of tight jeans. There is something inarguably sexy about a denim fit. I very much need to acknowledge that denim is not the only fabric that does right by a derrière—latex, leather, pleather and the like all have their time, place and lovers. And there’s no doubt that denim is a versatile costuming medium. Sandy Powell’s Oscar-nominated deconstruction of the fabric for The Favourite is innovative, for sure, but it misses the point: butts.