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Must-Watch Movies for Fashion Enthusiasts


15 Must-Watch Movies for Fashion Designers

And Fashion Enthusiasts


1. Funny Face (1957)

Director: Stanley Donen

  • Main Characters: Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), Dick Avery (Fred Astaire)
  • Synopsis: A musical romantic comedy about a fashion photographer who discovers a shy bookstore employee and transforms her into a model.
  • Why Watch: To enjoy Audrey Hepburn’s timeless style and the glamorous world of 1950s fashion.

2. Blow-Up (1966)

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni

  • Main Characters: Thomas (David Hemmings), Jane (Vanessa Redgrave)
  • Synopsis: A drama about a fashion photographer in London who believes he has unwittingly captured a murder on film.
  • Why Watch: To experience the intersection of fashion, art, and mystery in the swinging 60s, along with iconic photography scenes.

3. Prêt-à-Porter (1994)

Director: Robert Altman

  • Main Characters: Sergei/Sergio (Marcello Mastroianni), Kitty Potter (Kim Basinger), Anne Eisenhower (Julia Roberts)
  • Synopsis: A satirical comedy set during Paris Fashion Week, focusing on the lives of the people involved in the industry.
  • Why Watch: For its humorous and critical take on the fashion world, and the many cameos from real-life fashion figures.

4. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Director: David Frankel

  • Main Characters: Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), Emily Charlton (Emily Blunt)
  • Synopsis: This iconic film offers a behind-the-scenes look at a high-fashion magazine, showcasing the challenges and glamor of the fashion industry.
  • Why Watch: For its portrayal of the fashion world, stunning wardrobe choices, and the legendary performance by Meryl Streep.

5. Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Director: Anne Fontaine

  • Main Characters: Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou), Étienne Balsan (Benoît Poelvoorde), Boy Capel (Alessandro Nivola)
  • Synopsis: This biographical film chronicles the early life of Coco Chanel, from her humble beginnings to her rise in the fashion world.
  • Why Watch: To understand the origins of Chanel's timeless style and her impact on modern fashion.

6. A Single Man (2009)

Director: Tom Ford

  • Main Characters: George Falconer (Colin Firth), Charley (Julianne Moore)
  • Synopsis: This drama, set in 1962, follows an English professor dealing with the sudden death of his partner.
  • Why Watch: Directed by renowned designer Tom Ford, the film is celebrated for its meticulous style and aesthetic.

7. The September Issue (2009)

Director: R.J. Cutler

  • Main Characters: Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington
  • Synopsis: A documentary that offers a glimpse into the making of Vogue's biggest issue of the year, featuring Anna Wintour.
  • Why Watch: For a real-life look at the intense preparation and creativity behind a major fashion publication.

8. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

Director: Richard Press

  • Main Characters: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour
  • Synopsis: A documentary about the life and work of Bill Cunningham, a famed fashion photographer for The New York Times.
  • Why Watch: For its heartwarming portrayal of Cunningham’s dedication to capturing street style and the fashion trends of New York City.

9. Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

Director: Jalil Lespert

  • Main Characters: Yves Saint Laurent (Pierre Niney), Pierre Bergé (Guillaume Gallienne)
  • Synopsis: A biographical drama depicting the life of the famous French designer Yves Saint Laurent, focusing on his career and personal life.
  • Why Watch: It provides insight into the creative genius and struggles of one of fashion's most influential designers.

10. Dior and I (2014)

Director: Frédéric Tcheng

  • Main Characters: Raf Simons, Pieter Mulier
  • Synopsis: This documentary follows designer Raf Simons as he creates his first haute couture collection for Dior.
  • Why Watch: To witness the creative process and pressures faced by a high-fashion designer in a legendary fashion house.

11. Iris (2014)

Director: Albert Maysles

  • Main Characters: Iris Apfel
  • Synopsis: A documentary about the life of Iris Apfel, a 93-year-old fashion icon known for her eclectic style and influence in the fashion industry.
  • Why Watch: For inspiration from Iris's bold fashion choices and her philosophy on personal style and creativity.

12. Phantom Thread (2017)

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Main Characters: Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), Alma Elson (Vicky Krieps), Cyril Woodcock (Lesley Manville)
  • Synopsis: Set in 1950s London, this film follows the life of a renowned dressmaker whose life changes when he meets a young, strong-willed woman.
  • Why Watch: For its exquisite costume design and exploration of the relationship between a designer and his muse.

13. McQueen (2018)

Directors: Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui

  • Main Characters: Alexander McQueen
  • Synopsis: A documentary exploring the life, career, and artistry of the British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.
  • Why Watch: For an in-depth look at McQueen's groundbreaking designs and the personal struggles behind his genius.

14. The Neon Demon (2016)

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn

  • Main Characters: Jesse (Elle Fanning), Ruby (Jena Malone), Sarah (Abbey Lee)
  • Synopsis: A psychological horror film about an aspiring model in Los Angeles whose youth and beauty generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry.
  • Why Watch: To explore the dark and surreal side of the fashion world, highlighting its obsession with beauty and youth.

15. House of Gucci (2021)

Director: Ridley Scott

  • Main Characters: Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver), Rodolfo Gucci (Jeremy Irons)
  • Synopsis: A crime drama about the turbulent story behind the Italian fashion house Gucci, focusing on the murder of Maurizio Gucci orchestrated by his ex-wife, Patrizia Reggiani.
  • Why Watch: For its dramatic retelling of real-life events in the high-stakes world of luxury fashion, featuring standout performances.

These films, listed in chronological order, provide a comprehensive view of the fashion industry, blending drama, biography, documentary, and even elements of horror to showcase different facets of the fashion world.



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