Top 10 Fashion Movies Of All Time
1. The Devil Wears Prada
Who cares if it drove you crazy that a would-be journalist has no idea who the editor of the world’s leading fashion magazine in, just focus on the clothes. Anne Hathaway transforms from girl-next-door to Chanel sweetheart (that pageboy cap! those thigh high boots!) while silver-coiffed Meryl Streep is screamingly chic to the last snarl.
2. The Talented Mr Ripley
Oh, to be Gwynie in this film. Well, to have her wardrobe. She glows against the backdrop of the Riviera wearing postcard print skirts, tied at the midriff fitted white shirts, espadrilles and retro bikinis. Straw bags and Alice bands finish off her preppy ‘American princess in Europe’ closet.
3. Marie Antoinette
The visual equivalent of a trip to the candy store, Marie Antoinette avoids focusing on the misery of the story for most of the movie by indulging us in a sumptuous feast for the senses. There’s no expense spared with the pastels, frills, sky high beehives and overflowing bust lines. Kirsten Dunst is as sweet as the macarons that frame every shot.
4. Breakfast at Tiffany’s
It had to be Audrey, and it had to be Givenchy inventing the LBD just for her (which last year sold for £467,200 at auction). It’s hard to choose the most fashionable Audrey film – Funny Face? Sabrina? Roman Holiday? – but it’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s that fashion lovers identify with most. The black sheath, the oversized black hat, the tortoiseshell glasses, the headscarf singing Moon River.
5. Rear Window
No one else can compare to Audrey, except for Grace Kelly. It helps that Hitchcock tells the story so beautifully, but you can’t take your eyes off Grace. While the pearl necklace looks frumpy on most, it was made for Grace, as were the off the shoulder cocktail dresses and mid-calf tulle skirts. Martini in hand is the perfect accessory.
6. Pret A Porter
Robert Altman’s hilarious look at the fashion world packed in allthe big names, including Sophia Loren in that voluminous hat (and bosom), so-chic-it-hurts Anouk Aimee and the who’s who of original supermodels strutting down the catwalk to Lacroix, Gaultier and Miyake.
7. Annie Hall
Diane Keaton’s confidence in baggy shirts, that palette of beige, the vest and tie combo, was ground-breaking, and oft-repeated these days by designers recognising how sexy it is for a woman to wear men’s clothes. That uniqueness is exactly what Woody Allen (who has never changed his own wardrobe!) – found intriguing about her.
Did you know they’ve re-issued Cher’s Calvin Kleinwhite sheath dress to celebrate, gulp, 15 years since this iconic Gen X fashion flick? This is such a fun movie, a remake of Jane Austen’s Emma. Who didn’t envy Cher’s automatic outfit selecting wardrobe? Plus it’s so refreshing to see healthy-looking teenagers on screen, sadly we don’t think it would be the case today…
9. Valentino: The Last Emperer
As much a fashion flick as a human interest story – the relationship between Valentino and his partner Giancarlo Giammetti (also his business partner) is extremely touching – fashion documentaries don’t come better than this. It’s a privilege to see fashion this up close and personal, from the haughty beaders to the Australian butler and the smiling assassin that plans to take over from the master designer after his retirement.
10. Sex and the City (1 and 2)
There’s very little you’d actually want to wear yourself but this is modern day fashion porn at its best. In the first film Carrie takes us on a trip of every kind of wedding outfit, from the over-the-top Vivienne Westwood gown to the city hall vintage suit, and in the second film we had a kaleidoscope of kaftans. In between we ogled Halston disco dresses, vintage Valentino and squealed at the final outing of the infamous pink tutu dress worn in the credits of the show.
What have we left off the list and what is your favourite fashion movie of all time?