Since September is fashion month, I thought it’d be fun to put together a list of films I love for the fashion–either specifically the clothing or films about fashion and the industry. Some are newer, some are classics, but all are genuinely movies I enjoy watching. So grab a few girlfriends and begin your fashionable movie marathon.
- The Devil Wears Prada
Perhaps not a completely accurate depiction of the fashion industry (like The September Issue, below), this movie seems to get it pretty close. And while it seems harsh, you still want to be a part of it. Andy (Anne Hathaway) gets ‘the job a million girls would kill for’ at American dynasty, ‘Runway.’ Between getting to borrow from the fashion closet and Miranda putting her through Hell, we get to see Andy’s struggles and success inside a major fashion magazine.
- Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette
Austrian teeanger Marie Antoinette marries the Dauphin of France and later becomes queen after the death of Louis XV in 1774. Years later, after living lives of luxury, she loses her head during the French Revolution for accusations of treason.While it follows actual historical events, it’s not a boring movie. And the costumes are seriously to die for (pun not intended).
- The September Issue
This documentary, filmed into 2009, goes behind the scenes of the 2007 issue of American Vogue’s September issue. In fashion, September marks the start of a new calendar year. We get tag along as Editor in Chief Anna Wintour and then Creative Director Grace Coddington book models, plan photo shoots, and make the final cuts. From inception to completion, The September Issue offers a real look inside the industry and puts you inside one of the biggest fashion publication in the world.
- Sex & the City
While you may roll your eyes that Carrie Bradshaw would rather buy shoes than dinner, you can’t deny, her fashion sense was impeccable. Just as the series was about fashion as much as it was sex, Carrie and company still sport over the top fashions in the movie.
- Funny Face
Personally, I think all of Audrey Hepburn films are iconic in fashions, but I especially fancy Funny Face. In this film, Jo, a bookstore clerk, has no interest in the world of posing, pictures, and fashion until a photographer spots her and thinks she’d be perfect for an upcoming campaign. She then gets whisked away to Paris, into a world of camera flashes designer gowns, and romantic scenery. However, my favorite fashion in the film is the iconic black on black ensemble she wears.
- Coco Before Chanel
When you think ‘Coco Chanel,’ you probably envision the fashion powerhouse, the androgynous silhouettes, and pearls. Coco Before Chanel offers a look into the designers early beginnings as a milliner and bar performer. Then you get to see her transform to the later success that we all know and love.
- The Stepford Wives
When TV executive, Joanna, has a few setbacks in her career, she relocates with her family to the suburban town, Stepford, in Connecticut. While her husband adjusts well to the new place, Joanna senses something isn’t quite right with the prim and proper attitudes of the women and begins to uncover Stepford’s secrets.The plot is meh (meh meaning I love it, but it’s not wowing, ya know?), but the remake showcases the pristine fashions of the 1950’s. However, the original film is straight out of the ’70s, with high waists and wide legs, and flowy hair.
- The Great Gatsby (1974 and 2013 versions)
The 1974 version of this film perfectly captured the look of the Jazz Age while the updated 2013 version captured it in a more glitzy way. Both are fabulous as films and for fashion.
Clueless follows Cher as she works through the hardships of high school–but the real gems are the outfits. Plaid. So much plaid. (But let’s be honest, we all want to rock that yellow blazer/skirt combo.)
If you need to add some comedic relief to your movie night, look no further than Zoolander. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson star in this comedy about a male model on top of game until a newcomer begins to turn heads. It pokes fun at model stereotypes and definitely will have you laughing.
- Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
It’s a really unrealistic movie, but it sure is entertaining. When her mother leaves for vacation and the babysitter dies, Sue Ellen has to find a way to put some food on the table and make some cash for her and her siblings. She creates a fake résumé and lies her way into a gig at a clothing manufacturing company, but things really go south when she tries to host a runway show in her backyard.
- Atonement: That green dress, though.
- Bonnie and Clyde
- Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion
- Annie Hall
*Photo from Marie Antoinette behind the scenes photos.