I've spent a fair share of this winter curled up inside watching movies. While mindless comedies of yore always provide a good mood fix, sometimes serious films can serve up some much needed escapism. One of my all time favorites is Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, which is a film classic that also contains incredible costuming that has inspired numerous designers, photographers, and stylists alike. The title character, Petra, is a fashion designer, and the movie follows her sadistic relationships with her assistant, as well as her obsession with a young model. While this might not sound terribly exciting, everything is filtered through Fassbinder's twisted interpretation of the female psyche. Additionally, through Petra, we see fashion as the ultimate costume to mask one's true, unknowable self. This film is definitely worth watching and rewatching, but as a teaser, here are some stills I found floating around the internet.