Vogue Paris has put up a list of the top fashion films you should see at least once in your life:
1. Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
Yves Saint Laurent, by Jalil Lespert, takes us on a journey through the personal and professional lives of one of the most famous names in French couture. The film depicts the life of the French couturier from his time at Dior in 1957 to the launch of his own design house in 1961, as well as his friendship with Pierre Bergé. All aspects of his life are featured in the film, including his inspirations, his flops, and the infamous Russian Ballet 1976 collection. Pierre Niney won the César Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Yves Saint Laurent, beating out Gaspard Ulliel, who played the same role in Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent the same year.
2. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Young journalist Andrea Sachs (Anne Hathaway) is thrown for a loop when she is forced to work as Miranda Priestly’s assistant (Meryl Streep), editor-in-chief of Runway magazine. As a result, Priestly is quick to notice Sachs’ lack of concern for her beauty and her dislike of the superficiality of the fashion industry. This film version of Lauren Weisberger’s 2003 novel is a must-see with plenty of humor and top-notch acting.
3. Saint Laurent (2014)
In Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent, Yves Saint Laurent’s fabled and at times scandalous life is examined. The director transports the audience back to the 1970s, when the fashion designer was well-known for his inventive yet refined looks. It’s the director’s first foray into the psyche of a costume designer, and it’s an entertaining look at an interesting time in history. Gaspard Ulliel portrays the designer as someone who, in order to escape his own issues, indulges in a life of drug use and excessive partying.
4. Funny Face (1957)
Funny Face was the prequel to The Devil Wears Prada. Audrey Hepburn is living out a Cinderella narrative in 1950s Paris in a different time and place. A Greenwich Village bookstore employee named Jo Stockton, who is passionate about philosophy, becomes a model for an American fashion magazine in Stanley Donen’s musical comedy, one of the last of its kind. Maggie Prescott, editor of the magazine, and photographer Dick Avery try to persuade Stockton to be a model for their publication. At first, Jo and Dick’s worlds don’t appear to fit together well, but they fall in love and find a way to merge them into one.
5. Coco before Chanel
The life of Gabrielle Chanel is chronicled in Anne Fontaine’s biography Coco Before Chanel, which takes viewers on a journey from her boarding school days to her initial forays into fashion design in Paris and the founding of her eponymous fashion brand. In Audrey Tautou, this great Mademoiselle who liberated women with her simple, straight-forward garments is embodied. This film, directed by a French director who wanted to show the designer before she rose to fame, shows a woman scarred by her ignored childhood and her terrible love stories as a wounded woman. A beautiful and heartfelt film that shows us the real Coco for the first time.
6. The Neon Demon
A young woman journeys to the city of angels in the hopes of launching a career in modeling. Other models are envious of her rapid climb to stardom and flawless appearance. While some models admire her, others will go to great lengths to sabotage her success. Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon, starring Elle Fanning in her most disturbing portrayal yet, will compete at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.
7. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)
Paris in the twenties… Everybody’s talking about Coco Chanel these days. The affluent citizens of Paris flock to her boutique on rue Cambon to indulge in feminine and sleek creations marked with the characteristic double C. The designer’s heart has been broken by the death in an automobile accident in December 1919 of her beloved, Boy Capel. When she meets the composer Igor Stravinsky, who was playing with his work Sacred Spring at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées a few years previously, she is overcome with emotion. Having fallen in love with the artist’s charisma and personality, Coco Chanel chooses to welcome his family in her Garches Villa while also becoming his mistress. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky is a wonderful film by Jan Kounen, in which Anna Mouglalis and Mads Mikkelsen embody this emotional bond between creative minds.
8. Who Are You Polly Maggoo? (1966)
I highly recommend William Klein’s satirical film on the fashion industry. “Who are you Polly Maggoo?” is a television report that Grégoire Pecque (Jean Rochefort) appears in on a visit to Paris in 1966. This quirky and satirical picture is a celebration of the best of the 1960s’ style and charm.
9. The Dressmaker (2015)
Tilly (Kate Winslet) is a successful dressmaker who returns to her tiny town in Australia after spending time in Europe in Jocelyn Moorhouse’s 2015 Australian film. Since her upbringing was wrecked by her previous neighbors, Tilly’s motives aren’t so pure. The Dressmaker depicts a caustic society where whispers fuel the community’s anxiety with a healthy dose of levity.
10. Phantom Thread (2017)
Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis in his final role) is the king of London’s haute couture in the 1950s, and the film depicts his story. Paul Thomas Anderson directs an enchanting love story in this stylish fashion documentary. The film’s costumes also took home an Oscar that year for the best in the category.
11. Zoolander (2001)
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson have acted in 13 films together since 2001, including Startsky & Hutch (2004), the Meet the Parents trilogy, two Zoolander flicks, and Wes Anderson’s The Royal Tenenbaums. Derek Zoolander, a male model played by Stiller, is indoctrinated by one of the fashion industry’s most ruthless individuals in this funny film. The cast of this picture, which includes David Bowie, Milla Jovovich, Tom Ford, Natalie Portman, and Lenny Kravitz, may be the most stylish ever assembled.
12. Personal Shopper (2016)
This Olivier Assayas-directed drama, starring Kristen Stewart as a haunted personal shopper, was outfitted by none other than Chanel. In 2013, the actress became a Chanel muse when she walked the runway at the Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas fashion show. Who is to blame for her eventual theft from her employer? For Personal Shopper, Olivier Assayas won the Cannes Film Festival Best Director award.
13. Ready to Wear (1994)
After a traffic gridlock in Paris, a Fashion Council president was mysteriously killed in 1994, and the film Ready to Wear pulls viewers into the frenetic Parisian couture world. Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni, two of Italy’s greatest actors, star in the film.
14. Would I Lie to You? (1997)
Eddie (Richard Anconina), a jobless man from Paris’s Sentier district, is hired by the Jewish owner of a textile company called American Dream. There’s just one problem: Eddie’s hiring was complicated by the fact that many people assumed he was Jewish. Is it possible that the truth will finally be revealed?
15. Confessions of a Shopaholic
Shopaholic Becky has a serious problem. Spending is the one thing that makes her feel alive for her. She gets hired to write for a financial magazine that advises readers on how to save money, which is ironic given her own financial situation. Becky must face her demons or risk losing herself in the process of disguising her addiction from her boss and coworkers.