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As a lifelong fan of Luc Besson’s award-winning film The Fifth Element, one might ask how I feel about soul artist Jessie J “borrowing” her dress from the film’s female role. To be honest, I’m slightly confused.
The Fifth Element represented a milestone in cyberpunk film-making, appearing well before the genre’s more palatable titles like The Matrix and simultaneously casting some of Hollywood’s most promising stars like Gary Oldman and Milla Jovovich. Regardless, the film must’ve had an effect on the 23-year-old artist Jessie J, who lifted her most recent concert regalia straight from the film’s wardrobe closet. Jovovich’s character in the film sports an orange bodysuit throughout the feature film, a dress which remains an iconic element within the subculture. Jessie J may have swapped the color scheme, but it’s certainly the same outfit. So what does this mean?
Is the public taste finally catching up with cyberpunk sensibilities or do we simply have a case of personal homage? Only time will tell, but I’m crossing my fingers for the former.