A while ago I did a post about fall season premiers and fashion on TV that was inspirational to me. However, my list of fashion-based movies is more than twice as long as my list of TV shows. Whether it’s a movie about the fashion industry or one that’s influenced the fashion world, we can get inspiration from so many characters and costumes for our every day wardrobe!
Watching a movie about the fashion industry often gives us a laugh at how over-the-top and materialistic fashion can be. Movies such as Devil Wears Prada, Confessions of a Shopaholic, and even something as silly as Zoolander take us into the lives of models, designers and editors who struggle to stay afloat in the chaotic business. They let us see that fashion is fun, but it isn’t everything. At the same time, I know I find myself in awe at the bags and coats Meryl Streep’s character tosses around in the Devil Wears Prada. It puts high fashion on display and inspires overall looks that don’t necessarily require you to buy high-end. In other words, fashion is something to have fun with!
And while it’s nice to appreciate the costuming in those blatantly obvious fashion films, I find movies with unique, different and unexpected costuming almost more inspirational. Take the film Annie Hall, with Diane Keaton. Her character’s look inspired a fashion movement that allowed women to dress as quirky as they wanted. Ties, trousers, and derby hats became all the rage thanks to the costuming done in that film. Other movies that have made their mark on the pages of Vogue as much as they have on my closet include Almost Famous, Sex and the City, and of course, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, which introduced to the world of fashion the LBD.
What are some of your favorite fashion films? Is there a character you would love to dress like? What fashion story would you like to see made into a film?