Ruthless ‘Taxi Driver’ Style

Martin Scorsese’s 1976 triumph “Taxi Driver” paved the way for not only Scorsese’s illustrious career, but also helped to reimagine film itself and inspire hundreds of later movies. At its center is the deeply troubled Vietnam vet, Travis Bickle. He exists in a New York City of the 70’s: gritty, hard, violent, but changing. At the time, psychological effects of war– like PTSD– were hardly accepted or even known like they are today. Paul Schrader’s incredible screenplay explored mental illness in a way that hadn’t really been done before. This is what makes “Taxi Driver” so good, yet so dark.

“Taxi Driver”‘s New York is full of underage prostitutes, dirty theaters, corrupt politics, and violent pimps. Although its style doesn’t immediately come to mind when one considers this film, it’s there in all it’s gaudy, 70’s glory. A very young Jodie Foster as prostitute Iris rocks huge hats and cool glasses. Betsey, played by Cybill Shepherd, is more understated. And of course, there’s De Niro, whose style is unmatched and while it may be hard to pull off in day-to-day wear, just grab a green jacket and a mohawk wig, and you’ve got a great Halloween costume– regardless of gender.

Travis Bickle. Source: Creative Cow.
Travis Bickle. Source: Creative Cow.
This green army jacket would be great for a Travis Bickle costume... or just to wear as a light jacket in fall and spring. I adore the colorful accents on this one from Chic Wish.
This green army jacket would be great for a Travis Bickle costume… or just to wear as a light jacket in fall and spring. I adore the colorful accents on this one from Chic Wish.
Just out for a constitutional... with a couple of prostitutes. Source: Creative Cow.
Just out for a constitutional… with a couple of prostitutes. Source: Creative Cow.
Gotta love a crop top, and they're trendy right now. This floral one from Hollister reminds me of Iris's.
Gotta love a crop top, and they’re trendy right now. This floral one from Hollister reminds me of Iris’s.
Iris's style is unmatched. Source: Video Cult.
Iris’s style is truly unmatched. Source: Video Cult.
Platform heels: not for the weak of heart. Or ankle. Source: Tobi
Platform heels: not for the weak of heart. Or ankle. Source: Tobi
When I think of pimps, I think of Harvey Keitel. Source: Villains Wikia.
When I think of pimps, I think of Harvey Keitel. Source: Villains Wikia.
A woman of many hats. Source: Revolve
A woman of many hats. Source: Revolve
Just flawless. Source.
Just flawless. Source.
I love how classic and clean white dresses are. Source: Daily Look
I love how classic and clean white dresses are. Source: Daily Look
Color coordinated. Source: Babylon A.D.
Color coordinated. Source: Babylon A.D.
This red wrap around dress from ASOS is a stunning scene-stealer.
This red wrap around dress from ASOS is a stunning scene-stealer.

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