Fashion movies often combine the best things in life: drama, romance, and beautiful clothes. It's why we love, and fear, the great Miranda Priestly (the cinematic embodiment of Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour) or why we bought our first pair of Manolo Blahniks—thanks Carrie Bradshaw. These films often feature witty albeit occasionally corny dialogue and strong female characters. While The Devil Wears Prada and Clueless will always be classics (NEED Cher's closet), there are so many equally enjoyable fashion films and documentaries out there. Need inspiration before you shop spring trends or head to an important event? Cozy up on your couch with your SO or pet, and cue up one of these alternative titles ASAP.
Fantastical fashion at its finest. This 2006 film, directed by Sophia Coppola, gave us a whimsical and emotional look into the life of Marie Antoinette and high fashion in the 18th century. Costume designer, Milena Canonero, dressed countless extras and the pastel color palette was inspired by not only by 18th century fashion and also a box of macaroons.
This quirky documentary, which quickly became a cult classic, explores two estranged relatives of Jackie Kennedy and their unkept Long Island estate. The film shows their everyday lives, details stories of their past and how they rarely leave the house. Most significantly, it catapults Little Edie as a fashion icon. A staunch, fashion icon.
In this 2002 coming of age story, Brittany Murphy plays an heiress to a rockstar who soon looses her fortune and is forced to become the Nanny to a type-A eight year old, played by Dakota Fanning. Costume designer, Sarah Edwards, dresses Murphy in fabulous cocktail dresses, which she wears a at 8am no less, and there is never, ever a flat shoe in sight.
Belle de Jour
In one of Deneuve's most iconic roles, this movie is the epitome of Parisian sex-appeal. It also makes a serious case for both a military coat and patent trench.
In this tale of Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick, costume designer, John Dunn, transforms the cast into mod 60s characters, where the party doesn't stop, and when it ends, it does so tragically. Miller, who plays Sedgwick, sports thick, black eyeliner, bold browns, and statement earrings in effort to become the character. Plus, 90% of the wardrobe were vintage pieces from Los Angeles and NY to make the fashion feel authentic.
Who doesn't want to be Penny Lane! A bright ray of light, Hudson plays the role of a 16 year old groupie to a rock band in the 70s. Fun fact - of Lane's iconic coat, costume designer, Betsy Heimann said that the coat was actually made out of a rug and some upholstered fabric for the collar.
13 Going on 30
Ariana Grande's Thank U, Next music video recently paid homage to this film, and in case you've forgotten how sweet it is, it's time for a rewatch. The plot: A young girl named Jenna Rink longs to escape junior high for adulthood, and on her 13th birthday, she gets that wish, waking up just five days shy of her 30th birthday (adult Jenna's played by Jennifer Garner) to discover that she's now a big time magazine editor—with closet filled with all the early aughts trends—and dating a dreamy athlete. Life seems peachy, but then comes the twists and turns. The movie touches on childhood wonder, nostalgia, and self-empowerment with plenty of laughs in between. My favorite line? You can be the pot and kettle all by yourself from now on, biatch.
Instead of pressing play on Breakfast at Tiffany's again, dive into this other Audrey Hepburn classic. While on assignment, fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) meets Jo Stockton (Hepburn), a shy bookstore employee whom he takes a photo of by accident. Avery thinks she could become a model; the two travel to France and romance ensues, but it won't be long before they encounter obstacles. Get ready for some fashun in the city of love. This movie is best paired with macarons and coffee.
Watch this if you want a heist movie that's also feel-good and all-female cast. (Rihanna! Sandra Bullock! Awkwafina!). Debbie Ocean (played by Bullock) recruits a team of experts to steal a $150 million Cartier diamond necklace during one of the biggest fashion spectacles of the year: The Met Gala. Can they pull it off? If you've seen the other films in the franchise, that question is easily answered. Gorgeous gowns, sparkly jewels, and beautiful people are not in short supply.
Sex and the City
By now, you've probably seen Sex and the City (the TV show) at least a handful of times thanks to the reruns on E! All I have to say is: Thank you Patricia Field, thank you. The legendary costume designer responsible for Carrie, Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte's looks on the television series returned to outfit the ladies once more for the 2008 film. From the wedding dress photo shoot to the final scene when Carrie returns to the closet of every woman's dream to collect her blue Manolo Blahniks, there's more than enough glamorous fashion moments to enjoy in between the tears and laughter.
Crazy Rich Asians
The clothes in CRA aren't just fancy, they're outright opulent. The film's costume designer, Mary Vogt, worked with director Jon M. Chu to create some unforgettable looks, from Araminta's wedding gown (which was really a bodysuit with a skirt attachment) to Rachel's Cinderella moment in the pastel blue Marchesa. Featured designers include global brands like Ralph Lauren and Dior, as well as local Asian designers like Carven Ong; accessories came from jewelry houses including Bulgari and Chopard, who brought their own security teams to set. The movie was history making—and not just for the costumes: It is the first to feature an all-Asian cast since the 1993 film The Joy Luck Club.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
From the title alone, you know this film is going to feature high amounts of fashion. This 2009 film, based off a book by Sophie Kinsella, is about journalist Rebecca Bloomwood (played by Isla Fisher), who's so addicted to shopping that she ends up drowning in debt. While trying to get her foot in the door at fashion magazines, Rebecca accepts a job at a financial publication as its advice columnist, and her writing turns into an instant hit. Meanwhile, Rebecca still has a mountain of bills to pay off—how will she do it?
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Confession: I have seen this movie at least twenty times—no exaggeration. Even though the romantic comedy isn't fashion-centric, but rather about the relationship between Andie Anderson (Kate Hudson) and Ben Berry (Matthew McConaughey), there are still plenty of memorable style moments in the film. When Andie steps out in that backless yellow silk gown for the diamond event with Ben...iconic. In an alternate universe, I like to think Andie Anderson and Andy Sachs (from The Devil Wears Prada) would have been kickass journalists/coworkers/BFFs.
Coco Before Chanel
This biographical drama focuses on the early life of French designer Coco Chanel, from her relationship with English businessman Arthur Capel to how she first launched her career as an exquisite hat maker. The designer reportedly closely guarded her private life from the press, and this movie attempts to reveal parts that not many know. Coco Before Chanel was nominated for four BAFTA Awards and the Academy Award for Best Costume Design, so you know the fashion here will take your breath away.
Dior and I
When you want to take a break from rom-coms, transport yourself into the atelier of Dior with the documentary Dior and I, which takes viewers behind-the-scenes to reveal what goes on inside the acclaimed fashion house. You get to see Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as the house's (then) artistic director, in addition to all the hardworking seamstresses and collaborators you don't hear enough about. Consider this documentary a mini history lesson.
The True Cost
Eco-conscious viewers interested in exploring fashion through the lens of sustainability will appreciate The True Cost. The documentary explores topics like who really makes our clothes and what environmental price is paid for that garment to end up in our closets. There are interviews featuring designer Stella McCartney, Italian film producer Livia Firth, and Indian activist Vandana Shiva. The movie might make you feel uncomfortable—even guilty—about shopping...and that's a good thing.
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