Fashion and film are essentially the same. Creativity and passion fuel the creation of each of them and they are both enjoyed in a way that is emotional and intellectual. Therefore, it makes sense that when the two join forces the outcome is larger than life. Below are some of my favorite combinations of fashion in film. Whether it be a documentary or a fiction tale of the fashion industry, each one of them have a distinct specialness to them that have caused them to not only resonate with me over the years but also increase my knowledge of the craziness that is the fashion industry. So grab some snacks and settle in for a long night because believe me, you have a lot of movies to catch up on.
The September Issue
The september issue is Vogue’s largest issue every year and quite possibly the most important publication of any magazine, ever. The film, The September Issue, with the help of fashion A-listers Anna Wintour, Grace Codington, Andre Leon Talley, & more, gives you a behind the scenes look on how this monumental issue is created. From conception to creation, Vogue journalists, editors, and designers encounter every obstacle possible and overcome each one of them confidently and gracefully. From friction in the office to making deadlines, the Vogue office is never dull or lacking in drama. Vogue is in a league all its own and anyone who is interested in journalism or fashion in any capacity needs to watch this and try to learn from their example.
Seamless is yet another documentary that involves Vogue. Seamless takes viewers on the journey of three CFDA & Vogue Fashion Fund finalists: Alexandre Plokhov of Cloak, Doo Ri Chung of Doo. Ri, and the infamous duo of Proenza Schouler – Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. The three finalists go through interviews, studio visits, and showings that are worthy of Anna Wintour herself. You get to learn a lot about who the designers are and the struggles they’re going through to make a name and a living in the fashion industry.
Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham is quite possibly the sweetest man on the face of the Earth. Cunningham is an 83-year-old street style and fashion photographer for The New York Times who has completely dedicated his life to fashion. The film Bill Cunningham New York gives a glimpse into the life of Bill, who is a mystery to even his closest friends. Cunningham genuinely cares about fashion as an art and his drive to deliver his best work and capture a moment in fashion is not only beautiful but inspiring as well.
Issac Mizrahi, Kate Moss, and Naomi Campbell are all household names now. However, in 1994, when the documentary Unzipped takes places, they were all on the brink of stardom and all involved in Mizrahi’s successful fall collection. Unzipped gives a behind the scenes look on how the idea for the collection was conceived, executed, and brought to life. The documentary is filmed in black and white, and color and captures not only the craziness but the fun and creativity that surrounds fashion shows. With an awesome cast, New York, the 90’s, and Mizrahi’s sharp-witted sense of humor – Unzipped is a film you really need to check out.
Yves Saint Laurent is one of the most iconic names in the fashion industry. But what many people don’t know about, is the man who stood behind him, his lover and greatest confidant: Pierre Berge. L’amour Fou is a documentary that tells the story of Saint Laurent’s rise to fame while also following the aftermath of his death and recounting the love story of Saint Laurent and Berge. The film gives a glimpse of not only the joy of success but also the dark side that accompanies it. L’amour Fou is in subtitles but if you can overlook that (which I highly suggest you do) then you should definitely take the time to watch it.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
Valentino Garaveni is over the top, highly stressed, and possibly slightly neurotic. However, he’s also a creative genius. Valentino has been making beautiful women’s clothing for decades and the documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor gives a glimpse into his fabulous world. Similar to L’amour Fou in many ways, the film documents the celebration of Valentino’s career while also telling the story of his success and the people who have supported him, which includes his long time lover and business partner, Giancarlo Giammetti.
The Devil Wears Prada
Chances are if you like fashion you’ve already seen this. If you haven’t then I advise you to do so… immediately. The Devil Wears Prada is a fictional (but semi accurate) glimpse into the world of fashion magazines. With A-list stars Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway leading the cast, The Devil Wears Prada is quite frankly an awesome movie that is a necessity for any fashionista. Best of all, the film contains a makeover montage! And honestly, who doesn’t love one of those?
Confessions Of A Shopaholic
A little cheesy, seriously relatable, and a lot of cute. Confessions Of A Shopaholic is a lighthearted romantic comedy that focuses on a problem all fashionistas have most likely encountered at one point- shopping addiction. Isla Fisher portrays Rebecca Bloomwood, an aspiring journalist whose life is being taken over by her persistent need to buy anything and everything. With the help of her best friend & incredibly good-looking boss, Bloomwood works on overcoming her addiction and reaching her goals. In regards to substantial plot as far as film making goes don’t expect a whole lot, but if you’re just looking for an easy-going girl’s night in type of film- this is perfect.
Sex And The City The Movie ( 1 & 2 )
Undoubtedly, the best fashion in any film. With Patricia Field behind the styling of the Sex And The City empire, it makes perfect sense that these movies would be extremely stylish. If you’ve watched the series then you know all about the fabulously fashion forward gal pals Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte. These films tell the story of what happened after the series came to it’s end in 2004. The first one is probably my favorite but honestly, you can’t really go wrong with either one of them. Fashion references are made left and right. From a photo shoot with Vogue to an encounter with Rent The Runway, Sex And The City covers the entire spectrum of fashion.