Are you looking for some style inspiration? Or even just wanting to escape reality and be transported into the world of the fashion industry for a while? Well, here is our list of the top 10 inspiring fashion and style movies that every fashion girl (and boy) needs to watch.
Coco Before Chanel tells the story of the infamous designers life, from her poor, humble beginnings, right up to the first hat that she designed, which kick-started her haute couture success. The film is packed with timeless, Parisian, androgynous-chic outfits that the Chanel house is renowned for. After watching the film we can guarantee you’ll be wearing vertical stripes and sipping out of a crystal wine glasses.
It’s the film that made everyone want to quit their jobs and become a fashion editor. The Devil Wears Prada follows ordinary journalist, Andy Sachs, who lands a job as a personal assistant to the demanding and, albeit terrifying, editor-in-chief for Runway magazine, Miranda Priestly. Watch for the amazing, glamourous outfits; layers of Chanel necklaces, and Andy’s transformation from drab to fab, whilst learning the difference between cerulean and blue (it’s an educational film too!).
She was the women who launched Twiggy to super-stardom, and dictated the fashion scene during her fifty-year reign within the industry. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is a documentary that looks at the life of ex- Harpers Bazaar fashion editor and Vogue US editor-in-chief, Diana Vreeland. The film includes interviews with Vreeland herself, as well as her co-workers at both magazine establishments, giving the audience an insider look into the glam, high-fashion magazine industry.
Dior and I takes a look into the hard work and dedication necessary in creating collections for a haute couture house. Following the appointment of Raf Simmons as the creative director of the Dior house in 2012, the documentary trails the creation of Simmons debut collection. The film is tense, emotional and thrilling, and explores the close bonds created within the couture house between the tirelessly working designers, seamstresses and collaborators. The film will leave you weeping and inspired, and helps the audience realise that behind the big haute couture names, they are mere humans too.
She’s the stylish icon that everyone aspires to be when they turn 93. Iris is the documentary which highlights the life of the round-specked, accessories adorned fashionista Iris Apfel. The film features interviews with Apfel, which she reminisces on her time working for Frieda Loehmann, creator of the namesake department store, where Apfel was told that whilst she wasn’t pretty, she had the most important thing anyone could have, that being style.
Yet another film for anyone wanting to gain insight into the fashion magazine industry, Madomessile C follows ex Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own fashion magazine, "CR Fashion Book". The film gives insight into what is required in creating your own magazine business, Roitdeld’s move across the seas, with special cameo appearances of celebrities, such as Karl Largerfield, giving insight into the eccentric personalities within the fashion industry.
Moonrise Kingdom is the 2012 whimsical, colourful film directed by Wes Anderson. Set in 1964, the film follows the love pack of two twelve year olds who decide to run away together. The dreamy, rose-tinted, long sleaved mini dresses worn in the movie are definite style trends to work into your wardrobe, proving fashion was created to have fun with.
For classic, Hollywood glamour inspiration you can’t go past My Week With Marilyn. The film follows the aspiring filmmaker, Colin Clark, who travels to London to work on Laurence Olivier’s film, The Prince and the Showgirl, staring screen-siren Marilyn Monroe. The film features classic, chic, 1950s outfits, and crisp, preppy garments which emphasise and flatter the curves which Monroe is infamous for. The gingham, three quarter trousers, black turtle neck and head scarf combo featured in the film especially makes us want to go on a romantic road trip, Bridget Jones style (minus the windswept hair).
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's is a documentary about the history, and the behind-the-scenes of the infamous New York department store, Bergdorf. The film feature stories about celebrities and eventful moments which have occurred within the department store, including the time John Lennon bought numerous fur jackets for friends. The documentary also follows the designers of the Christmas window displays, sourcing products to create the holiday windows that Baldorf is known for. The includes additional interviews with designers including Karl Lagerfeld, Vera Wang and Marc Jacobs, who express the importance the Bergdorf department store within the fashion and retail industry.
Want insight in what it takes to create a fashion magazine? Well The September Issue is one film that you can’t miss! The documentary follows the Vogue US editors, including the notorious editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, and creative director, Grace Coddington, as they create the magazine highlight of the year; the Vogue September issue. Watch as Wintour and Coddington clash heads, create photoshoots and gain insight into what pieces can make your wardrobe timeless.
Words Jessica Lunan