With today marking the beginning of NYFW, we thought we'd explore the best movies that revolve around fashion. We're not simply talking about those with memorable costumes, or this list will simply turn into an Old Hollywood love fest. Instead, we only wanted to highlight those movies that dealt with characters working in some aspect of fashion.
|Audrey Hepburn is Jo Stockton, the fashion model.|
1. "Funny Face"
Bookish Jo Stockton, portrayed by Audrey Hepburn, is transformed into a fashion model when Maggie Prescott, a fashion magazine editor, looks for the next big thing. Not only is the clothing to die for, there is also a great scene in the beginning about the color pink in fashion. The Prescott character has been said to be loosely based on Diana Vreeland, an editor for Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.
2. "Bill Cunningham New York"
Bill Cunningham has been a longtime fixture in the fashion industry. This documentary goes behind the scenes of Cunningham's photography. He explains his signature blue smock, why he doesn't cover celebrities and shows his apartment, which serves mostly as a storage space.
3. "The September Issue"
Anna Wintour has a reputation for being difficult, and it's something audiences can witness firsthand in this documentary following the Vogue's editor in chief as she works on the biggest issue of the year. Grace Coddington, the fiery fashion director, is shown as the only person brave enough to stand up to Wintour.
4. "L'amour fou"
The Pierre Bergé-narrated film touches on the first meeting of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Bergé. It has vintage footage of a young Yves Saint Laurent, and goes into some detail about the life the two led.
5. "The Devil Wears Prada"
Miranda Priestly, editor in chief of Runway, has as much control in fashion as Anna Wintour does in real life. The movie follows Andy Sachs, an aspiring journalist with no experience in fashion, who ends up working as an assistant for Priestly. She proves to be an impossible boss, and Sachs soon sees how unprepared she is for the position.
6. "Coco Before Chanel"
Audrey Tautou is Coco Chanel in this film that follows her life before launching the brand.
Ben Stiller is model Derek Zoolander, who feels unsatisfied with his shallow life. He decides to quit modeling, but is lured back when designer Mugatu shows an interest in him for the first time. Zoolander has dumb model friends, a fierce rivalry with Owen Wilson and a pesky journalist following him around.
8. "Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead"
Sue Crandell is 17 when her mother takes a two-month trip to Australia. She and her siblings are left in the care of a babysitter, who dies. Faced with money issues, Crandell is forced to get a job. She tries fast food and sees it's not for her, so she lies on her resume and lands a great job in fashion. Though she has no experience, she ends up making contributions because she's in touch with the youth the company aims to impress.