Reel to real

From acclaimed period dramas to frothy guilty pleasures, many memorable fashions featured in popular films and TV shows have made a mark on styles created and coveted in the off-screen realm.

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The Great Gatsby

Break out the boater hats, gentlemen. With the long-anticipated remake of the classic 1925 novel hitting theatres, the linen suits, flapper frocks, shawl cardigans and Art Deco-inspired prints and jewelry depicted on screen are again poised to make waves.

AP Photo/PBS, Carnival Film & Television Limited 2012 for MASTERPIECE, Nick Briggs

Downton Abbey

The British historical drama which peeks into the lives of a family of aristocrats and their servants has brought early 20th century fashions back to the fore with the elegant array of richly embroidered frocks and jackets, beaded numbers, drop-waist dresses, cloches and wide-brimmed hats.

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Breakfast at Tiffany's

Who can forget The Dress? The fitted, floor-length number worn by Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) in the opening scene of the 1961 film is arguably among the most famous designs in film history —and a standard bearer for black dresses. "I think part of the allure of that dress is that everyone knows it's Givenchy. Everybody knows Audrey Hepburn. It has a classic timelessness," said Alison Matthews David, a professor in the school of fashion at Ryerson University.

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Jennifer Beals transformed the off-the-shoulder oversized sweatshirt into an enduring style statement in this contemporary Cinderalla tale of a welder by day, dancer by night. Toronto-based costume and set designer Sarah Armstrong said the prominence of activewear in the 1983 cult film had a huge impact on women's fashion.

Left: AP Photo/AMC, Ron Jaffe); Right: THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/AMC, Frank Ockenfels

Mad Men

Don Draper and Co. have helped catapult signature styles and silhouettes from the '50s and '60s back into modern-day fashion landscape. The hit TV drama featuring an endless succession of styles definitive of those decades, from slim-fitting suits to sleek sheaths and shirtdresses accessorized with lush coats and fashionable toppers.

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Miami Vice

The prospect of being nabbed by officers dressed in pastel-hued T-shirts and white linen suits may seem far-fetched, but such were the go-to styles donned by undercover detectives Crockett and Tubbs on the '80s crime drama. "'Miami Vice' had a huge impact on men's tailoring and men's clothing," said Toronto-based costume and set designer Sarah Armstrong.

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Sex and the City

The ever-stylish — and sometimes over-the-top — getups worn by Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha in the hit TV series and film spinoffs perfectly captured their distinctive personalities and helped transform labels like Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo into household names.

Left: (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Elliot Marks); Right: (AP Photo/CW, Timothy White)

Clueless and Gossip Girl

Being in school never looked so cool. The 1995 film "Clueless" and recently-wrapped teen soap "Gossip Girl" perfectly captured the essence of preppy chic, each with a fresh spin on the staid school uniform with plenty of headbands, neckties, blazers, knits, kilts and knee socks in the mix.