You’ve seen the Sex and the City films 23 times (each), as well as Devil Wears Prada, and find yourself yearning for the days when we had Carrie Bradshaw to look to for weekly style fix. Well, consider this a back-up plan when you need some sartorial inspiration. A reference list of fashionable flicks is here at your disposal.
And by all means, fill in the blanks for me–I love to be tipped off to a good movie night recommendation!
The Tale of the Fairy
Karl Lagerfeld put down his paper and pen and picked up a movie cam for The Tale of the Fairy for Chanel‘s 2010-2011 Cruise show.
It’s a 25 minute film that you can see here.
The Thomas Crown Affair
Both the 1968 film by Norman Jewison starring Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen with costumes by Theadora Van Runkle. And the 1999 remake with Renee Russo’s scene stealing costumes by Michael Kors.
Coco Before Chanel
It’s a retrospective of all the Chanel classics from Breton stripes to straw boaters.
Two for the Road
My in-the-know fashionable flick friend Felice Schulaner turned me on to Two for the Road with Audrey Hepburn, in which she ditches her innocent capris for some groovy Paco Rabanne style and a sassy Vidal Sassoon hair-do.
Keep an eye out for the up-coming Advanced Style documentary – follow the fashion blogger behind the camera at advancedstyle.blogspot.com.
91 minutes behind the scenes of the artist, showman, photographer and fashion icon with the white ponytail, sunglasses and white collar.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Excellence in Cinematography at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, The September Issue chronicled with the making of the September 2007 issue of Vogue with editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington at the center of it all.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
Unprecedented access behind the scenes of the glamorous life of Valentino.
Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange play mother and daughter both sharing the same name: Edith Beale. The costumes show the range from their socialite fashions to their reclusive quirky style.
An intimate documentary, which feels more like a conversation, with Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint-Laurent’s 50-year love and business partner.
Vidal Sassoon The Movie
A really fabulous history told by Vidal Sassoon of his rise and continuous re-invention of hair styling.
Bringing up Baby
Katharine Hepburn is stunning in these late 1930s society-girl costumes, each that move perfectly with her–kicking out where they should to showcase her lithe, athletic figure.
I am Love
Really, this movie has nothing to do with style or fashion, yet that's all my friends and I could talk about when we left the theater.
Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham was the original chronicler of street-style, well before anyone knew The Sartorialist, in his “On The Street” column for The New York Times.
Gone with the Wind
Walter Plunkett’s costume designer for Gone with the Wind set the scenes and transformed the actors into the haughty Southern characters.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Sigh. All fashionphiles have a special place in their hearts for this one…
Sophia Coppola’s film about the decadent Queen of France is a confection of luxe fabrics, crystal stain shoes and exquisitely elaborate head pieces and hats.
Can’t mention Marie Antionette without suggesting this story of the Duchess of Devonshire Georgiana Cavendish (a relative of Princess Diana) who had a taste for extravagance much like the Queen of France; however, the Duchess was revered for it.
To Catch a Thief
Uh. Who could forget Edith Head’s costumes for Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief?
Diane Keaton sparked a trend with her trademark boyfriend shirts, chinos, ties and vests paired with a floppy hat to remind us all she was still a girl underneath it all.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
It’s certain you’ll recognize the iconic bubble gum pink wrapper dress from the “Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend” number, but this movie has scene after scene of William Travilla’s Hollywood glam.
Barbra Streisand is divine in Irene Sharaff’s delightful turn-of-the-century costumes complete with parasols and flourishes.
MAD's Fashion in Film
Last September, Simon Doonan, creative ambassdor-at-large for Barneys New York (his other title is husband of pottery designer Jonathan Adler), co-curated “Fashion in Film” for the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC. Here’s what made the screening schedule:
Qui Êtes-Vous, Polly Magoo?
William Klein’s 1960s film, starring Peggy Moffett, follows a Brooklyn born model in Paris.
X, Y, and Zee
Set among the London elite. Stars Elizabeth Taylor (say no more, right?) and Michael Caine.
Thriller involving a stylish young bohemian Parisian.
Hearts and Crafts
Documentary about the craftspeople behind the Hermès fashion house.
The Eyes of Laura Mars
A cult classic :: Faye Dunaway’s fashion photographer character can see through the eyes of a serial killer.
Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
Deadly, buxom go-go girls are dressed to kill.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
For a rainy day, Catherine Deneuve gives good hair in this French Nouvelle Vague period film.
What are your favorite fashion films?
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