Movies Every Fashionista Should Watch


Hi loves, I don't know about you but in the cold season I LOVE staying home, getting real cosy and watching movies. I dim the lights, light some candles, put on some cute sweats and prepare yummy (unhealthy) snacks. Heaven on earth after a long week!

I put together a list of fiction movies for you that somehow talk about fashion, have a lot of cool styles in them or influenced fashion in their time, you should consider for your next fashionable movie night. (There are many fashion related documentaries and biographic movies out there that are not discussed here.) I'm working my way through them cronologically from the 1950s to the present. 

I will try to update the list every once in a while, too, so make sure to come back;) Oh and if you think I'm missing a film in this list, leave me a comment and I'll check it out!


Sabrina (1954)

Sabrina is a classic Audrey Hepburn movie in which she plays the chauffeur's daughter Sabrina who grew up with the rich boys David and Linus on their parents' property. Since they were little Sabrina has been in love with David but he never noticed the gawky young girl. She then moves to Paris to become a chef and learns how to dress, talk and behave in the high society from an elderly French baron. When Sabrina is back in Long Island, David is immediately falling for her.

The movie shows very nicely through her outfits how Sabrina evolves from a poor, uneducated girl to a sophisticated young woman.





Funny Face (1957)


"Funny Face" takes place at an American fashion magazine run by Meggie Prescot who is looking for a fresh face that represents both an intellectual and beautiful woman. She and her photographer Dick Avery come across the book shop clerk Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) and think she would be perfect for the campaign. Jo thinks fashion is silly "chi chi" but accepts the job because she wants to go to Paris to meet the famous philospher Emile Flostre.

Funny Face seems kind of like the 50s version of "The Devil Wears Prada" (although Meggie is not mean!). Right from the first iconic scene in which Meggie praises the new colour of the season, pink, the movie is all about fashion.



Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

The plot of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is not easy to summarise because it's rather odd. The first time I watched it I even didn't like it because it's such a strange movie in a way (now I'm a fan!). 
Audrey Hepburn plays the swanky Holly Gollightly, country girl who moved to Manhattan living a life full of parties, rich men, weird friends and questionable jobs. Only at second sight it gets visible that she's rather lost and ridiculous, but her life is about to change when she meets Paul.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" created one of the most iconic images of cinema with Holly wearing her hair in a high chignon and carrying a black cigarette holder. Also iconic are the black oversize sunglasses and the little black dress designed by Givenchy that until today is a wardrobe essential.


American Gigolo (1980)

Young Richard Gere plays a male prostitute Julian who gets involved in a murder case of one of his clients. He's narcissistic and only in love with himself until he meets Michelle who in the end gives him the alibi he needs even though she is risking her reputation and marriage by doing so.

American Gigolo is all about Julian's clothes and actually one big Armani ad. His - and ultimately the brand's - sense of style strongly influenced male fashion of that time. Richard Gere in his role was one of the first to wear tight yet lightweight suits in bold colours. He brought Italian tailoring to the US.




Clueless (1995)

"Clueless" is somewhat trashy but fun to watch if you just take it as it is. 
Alicia Silverstone plays the good-hearted but superficial, super rich Cher who is top of the social scene at her high school. In the end she learns that she should value the relationships in her life more and tries to live more purposefully. 

Iconic are the scenes in which Cher choses her daily outfit with help of a closet computer as well as the make-over of "loser" Tai. The movie represents 90s style at its finest: pleated mini skirts, thigh-high socks, plaid, berets, slip dresses.






The Devil Wears Prada (2006)


"The Devil Wears Prada" is said to be a take on Vogue's editor in chief Anna Wintour. Meryl Streep plays the ruthless and ice cold magazine editor Amanda Priestley who hires the geeky Andrea. In the beginning Andrea sees the job at Runway Magazine only as a stepping stone to a better, more purposeful position at "real" magazine, but with time gets sucked into the world of fashion losing her friends and boyfriend over it.

Like many other movies in this genre "The Devil wears Prada" shows Andrea's inner transition through her styles that evolve from nerdy sweaters to sexy blazer, skirt and high heel combinations.



Sex and the City (2008)

Not many words needed here I believe. Almost all of you will know the story behind the four girlfriends living in New York City trying to find love.

Particularly Carrie Bradshaws outfits are legendary for which costume designer Patricia Field was awarded several times.











Shopaholic (2009)


Rebecca Bloomwood has a major shopping addiction. She's never shy to find excuses to buy more clothes, shoes and accessories even though she is unemployed and broke. Her dream is to work at fashion magazine "Alette" but ironically ends up being hired by the financial paper "Successful Savings". After turbulent ups and downs she manages to pay off her dept and falls in love with her charming boss Luke Brandon.

This movie is not one of my favorites but needs to be mentioned if talking about fashion related films. It's all about shopping, consumerism and girly girl stuff.





The Great Gatsby (2013)


"The Great Gatsby" on the other Hand is one of my favorite movies ever. To understand the true meaning of the story is not easy because you need to have a lot of background about the time etc. (we read the book in English class;)). For most people it's a simple love story of Jay Gatsby who was never able to let go of his early love Daisy who is now married to rich Tom Buchanan. Gatsby throws pretentious parties at his mansion hoping that Daisy might attend.

The settings are breathtaking and 1920s costumes absolutely glamorous. Critics say though that the outfits are too modernized, particularly too sexy.





The Bling Ring (2013)

"The Bling Ring" is based on a true story that happened in LA a couple of years ago. A group of highschoolers break into celebrity houses just to steal their clothes, handbags and jewellery in order to be "cool". They get caught in the end and are brought to court. 

The movie shows how far the wish for designer clothes and related feeling of fitting in and admiration can lead (young) people. 


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