The fashion industry makes for great cinema — glamour, sex, drugs, scandal, intrigue, clothes! Surprisingly, very few films have taken advantage of the inherent theatrics of fashion, which means you have no excuse for not watching the six movies we have dubbed fashion’s most essential.
Check out the trailers below (and our fashion documentaries list)! Are we missing any?
Funny Face, 1957
A fashion editor based on Diana Vreeland and a photographer based on Richard Avedon turn bookshop salesgirl Jo (played by Audrey Hepburn) into a fashion model. Jo thinks fashion is beneath her, but then she goes to Paris, wears Givenchy and realizes it isn’t so bad.
Thomas is a fashion photog in swinging ’60s London. Over the course of a day he has a sexy shoot with Veruschka, runs into Jane Birkin and accidentally photographs a murder.
Robert Altman‘s ensemble film takes place during Paris Fashion Week and includes cameos by designers (Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Issey Miyake), ’90s supes (Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Linda Evangelista) and tons of assorted fashion people.
Evil fashion designer Mugatu and other industry baddies enlist male model Derek Zoolander to unwittingly assassinate the Malaysian prime minister. And Tom Ford makes an appearance. Tom Ford!
The Devil Wears Prada, 2006
This thinly veiled roman à clef shows what it’s like to be
Vogue Runway editrix Anna Wintour‘s Miranda Priestly‘s assistant. And there’s that whole bit about French Vogue‘s Carine Roitfeld French Runway‘s Jacqueline Follet.
Coco Avant Chanel, 2009
Before she was Mademoiselle Chanel, she was Coco — a girl who liked to design hats and make out with a boy named Boy.