I give myself a mental pat on the back whenever I successfully put an outfit together, once or twice a year. What some people do so effortlessly takes me some serious brain power. So whenever I want to get really lost in the world of style, I rely on the glossy pages of my favorite magazines, as well as some of the best films about fashion. Some of the most well-known actors and actresses of our time have brought to the big screen an industry which has inspired millions. If you’re looking to channel your inner fashionista, try one of these fashion movies.
1. Sex and the City
You could watch this movie on mute and still enjoy every minute of it, thanks to the impeccable fashion of Carrie, Sam, Charlotte, and Miranda. They each have their own distinct style, and no expense was spared when it came to outfitting these four fabulous women. Sex and the City was about love, life, and finding happiness — but it was also about unforgettable fashion.
2. The Devil Wears Prada
Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is a recent graduate on the hunt for her dream job in journalism. She ends up landing a position as an assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), the Editor in Chief of Runway, the fashion bible. All Andy wants to do is write, not understanding how this is the job that a million girls would kill for… or so she’s told. She undergoes a transformation, though, from ordinary plain Jane to fashion knockout. Dripping in designer duds from head to toe, she learns to love and appreciate fashion — but in the end, she remembers what matters most in life: friends, family, and love.
3. Coco Before Chanel
This 2009 movie starring Audrey Tautou remembers Coco Chanel from her modest, humble beginnings to her rise to the top of the fashion game. We know her as an unforgettable icon of the industry, but the start of her story was at the orphanage she was left at, after which she later found herself working in a bar as a seamstress and singer.
4. Confessions of a Shopaholic
Rebecca Bloomwood (played by Isla Fisher) is dealing with a life-crushing shopping problem when she somewhat inadvertently lands a job writing for a financial magazine. Ironically enough, it’s her own poor spending habits and practices that make her a hit at the magazine. Her goal was always to write for fashion mag Alette, but her journey there certainly throws her some interesting curveballs.
5. Funny Face
Fashion photographer Dick Avery notices something special about bookstore salesgirl Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn), as does Maggie Prescott, the editor of a top fashion magazine. Jo is offered a modeling contract, which she takes only because of the Paris trip that’s included. While she wasn’t sold on the idea in the beginning, she softens toward the career adventure and learns to like it.
This iconic ‘90s flick totally changed the way we dress, paving the way for matching skirt and jacket sets, knee-high socks, more plaid than you could ever imagine, and over-the-top hats and purses. And let’s be honest: We all wanted Cher’s closet with the revolving clothing racks. In any list of fashion movies, this one is a must-see.
7. Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead
Five siblings are left completely strapped for cash while Mom’s away on a long trip and the babysitter dies. Big sis Sue Ellen (played by Christina Applegate) gets a job at a popular LA fashion company by telling just a few white lies on her resume. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and she’s got a family to feed. While she does learn how to flex her fashion muscles, she simultaneously experiences the stresses of adulthood.
Derek Zoolander’s (Ben Stiller) career as the top male model comes to a screeching halt when a man named Hansel (Owen Wilson) beats him out for VH1’s male model of the year award. Things get weird when fashion guru Mugatu hires Zoolander with the ulterior motive of getting him to kill the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Out of all the fashion movies listed, this one has to be the wackiest. This outrageous flick has a blast poking fun at industry stereotypes, exemplified by the movie’s tagline: “3% Body Fat. 1% Brain Activity.”
9. Yves Saint Laurent
Similar to Coco Before Chanel, this movie follows world-renowned French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent from the beginning of his career in the late 1950s. Although it was met with mixed reviews, it received seven nominations at the 40th César Awards, and actor Pierre Niney (who played YSL) won Best Actor.