Fashionistas and style aficionados always, always look beyond the runways, magazines, internet, and social media for inspiration. Movies, films, and documentaries provide us fashion lovers unique and in-depth insight into the industry and creative expression that we all love so much. Any serious fashionista will tell you that they oftentimes find inspiration in movies, and they often find themselves learning new things and getting educated on the finer points of design, personal style, and fashion history.
Consider this list your starter guide into fashion movies. Grab some popcorn and brace yourself for a bevy of amazing inspiration. Here are my top 10 picks for must-see fashion movies:
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
You can’t really leave this classic film off this list. Audrey Hepburn basically invented the “little black dress” we all know and love in this movie. Hubert de Givenchy designed all the looks in this movie, and it is all stunning.
Bill Cunningham New York
Before there was The Sartorialist, Tommy Ton, and Street Peeper, there was Bill Cunningham. The New York Times photographer is a legend within the industry and can certainly be credited for singled handedly bringing street style into the main stage.
The September Issue
Vogue is considered by most to be the fashion Bible. This documentary takes the viewer through the whole process of putting together Vogue’s eponymous September issue. Even better is the glimpse we get into Anna Wintour’s personality. You’ll find yourself falling in love with Grace Coddington too.
Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorfs
Bergdorf Goodman in Manhattan is certainly a big player in the fashion industry. This department store only carries the best of the best, and their store is one of the most important fashion institutions. You will love how this film shows how the put up their legendary shop windows, and you’ll enjoy hearing about the celebrity shopping anecdotes too.
90s fashion is having a huge moment right now. Clueless definitely fits right into that. From the plaid kilt minis to the kooky statement hats, there is so much style inspo to be had. Not to mention, Cher’s AMAZING closet.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
If you’re in a style rut, you will fall in love with fashion all over again when you watch Valentino: The Last Emperor. Valentino is in love with beauty and glamour, and at the end of this film you will be swept up in the romance of fashion.
The Devil Wears Prada
Andrea Sach’s makeover is just way TOO GOOD. The montage of Andy’s new outfits is probably the best part of this movie.
One can only hope to have even some of the chutzpah, confidence, and style sensibilities of these colorful and vibrant ladies whose unapologetic style has them feeling and looking forever young.
Coco Before Chanel
Chanel is one the most prestigious fashion houses at the moment. It is also one with tremendous history. Coco Chanel was a fashion revolutionary, who blazed a trail for women to wear whatever they want. Her designs were modern and it was firmly against the established corsets and restrictive skirts of the time.
Sex and the City
Now while Sex and the City 2 had some stellar style moments (their outfits for karaoke were unforgettable), Sex and the City still wins for the iconic looks that were like a throwback to the signature style of the show. This movie also started a lot of trends, like the gladiator heel and the oversized statement belt trend.
Which movie will you be watching this weekend? Why not gather your girlfriends and have a marathon? So much fun!
Any fashion film favorites that I missed? Share them to me in the comments section!