All The Films That Every Fashion Lover Must Watch At Least Once

Gotta watch them all!

Do you consider yourself a seasoned film buff? Or are you more of a “I’ll just go the movies and see what’s on” type? Maybe you resign yourself to whatever takes your fancy on Netflix of an evening.

Whatever your stance on the world of cinema, as a bonafide fashion devotee (which we’re assuming you are, since you’re here), there are some films you simply have to see.

Whether it’s an insightful documentary into a designer’s first collection at the helm of a major fashion house (Dior and I), a tongue-in-cheek mockery of the fashion industry (Zoolander 2) or a vintage classic with impeccable costumes (Breakfast at Tiffany’s), these are the films every self-respecting fashion gal should add to their watch list, stat.

Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Crazy Rich Asians

The story of some of Asia’s wealthiest families and their lavish lifestyles, this blockbuster was always going to feature major couture moments from its star-studded cast—from the Swarovski-encrusted wedding dress worn by fictitious bride Araminta Lee, to the vintage looks donned by Asia’s most stylish woman, Astrid Leong (played by Gemma Chan). But despite the high-calibre fashion in the movie, the cast’s just as epic off-screen red carpets moments still managed to top the film’s costumes.

Atomic Blonde (2017)

Atomic Blonde
Oceans Eight
Devil Wears Prada
Bill Cunningham
Phantom Thread

In his final film before retirement, Daniel Day-Lewis plays an obsessive-compulsive dressmaker for the wealthy in 1950s London. The film provides an honest insight into how much work actually goes into creating couture garments, and for fashion lovers, watching it is almost an emotional experience.

The September Issue

The September Issue marked the first time the world-at-large got an inside look at the goings-on of a real-life fashion magazine. The film tracks the creation of American Vogue‘s 2007 September issue—the most important issue on a magazine’s calendar. The often tumultuous relationship between editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and former creative director Grace Coddington is the film’s highlight.

Nocturnal Animals

Turns out, Tom Ford is just as good at making movies as he is at designing clothes, and Nocturnal Animals is a fashion masterpiece. In it, Amy Adams plays a tormented art dealer to the super-elites of L.A., and has a myriad of chic on-screen outfits (none of which are courtesy of Ford, however—the designer banned his own label’s clothes from appearing in the film).

Sex And The City (2008)

Sex And The City

The Vivienne Westwood wedding dress, the bridal couture photo shoot, the fashion week appearance, the Manolo Blahnik’s… Sex and the City‘s Hollywood spin-off may not be as good as the HBO series, but it certainly holds it’s own in the fashion stakes; thank Patricia Field.

Zoolander 2 (2016)


Sure, it mercilessly mocks the fashion industry – but the bounty of amazing cameos (cue: Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Alexander Wang, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Valentino…) prove the industry is more than willing to laugh at itself on occasion.

Breathless (1960)


Whether they know it or not, cool girls like Alexa Chung and Jeanne Damas take daily outfit inspiration from Jean Luc Godard’s various muses. Jean Seberg in Breathless—Godard’s first film—is beautiful, neurotic, and impeccably dressed.

Moulin Rogue! (2001)

Moulin Rouge

The costumes in Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 masterpiece are some of the best in wife/costume designer Catherine Martin’s long and Academy Award-filled career. The Paris circa 1902 bohemia setting makes for intricate, bejewelled corsets and feathered negligee—and let’s never, ever forget that crimson gown Nicole Kidman’s Satine wears in the ‘Elephant Love Medley’ scene.

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Coco Before Chanel

Audrey Tatou’s turn as Gabrielle Chanel focuses on the period in the designer’s life before she became the legend we know her as today. Read: Gabrielle working in a bar as a part-time seamstress with a dream of making hats for French high society.

A Simple Favour (2018)

A Simple Favour
Dior and I

This critically acclaimed documentary tracks Raf Simons’ first collection for couture powerhouse Christian Dior. It highlights the growing pressure put on fashion designers in the digital age, and perhaps foreshadows Raf’s shock departure from Dior after only three and a half years at the helm.

Blow Up (1966)

Blow Up

Antinioni’s cult masterpiece follows a fashion photographer who accidentally captures a bloody murder on film while shooting in a London park. The ’60s costumes are brilliant, Vanessa Redgrave makes for the ultimate mod-era supermodel, and Jane Birkin cameos as ‘The Brunette’. Perfection.

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

Yves Saint Laurent
Once Upon A Time

Intense subject matter aside, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has several incredibly chic moments. For vintage fashion fanatics, the wardrobe of Margot Robbie’s note-perfect Sharon Tate is as covetable as ever in the 2020s, with costume designer Arianne Phillips doing major justice for the late actress’s famously ethereal style.

Mademoiselle C (2013)

Mademoiselle C

Harper’s BAZAAR‘s global fashion director Carine Roitfeld is the subject of this documentary, which journeys from Paris to New York to follow the creation and launch of the stylist’s biannual magazine, CR Fashion Book.

Annie Hall (1977)

Annie Hall

It’s difficult to say the word ‘Atonement’ without your mind conjuring up a vivid image of Keira Knightley smoking outside an old British manor house wearing that green dress. Every other costume is pretty exceptional too, and we dare you to sit through this film without weeping like a child.


A painfully-’90s adaptation of Jane Austen’s EmmaClueless remains the go-to gal’s sleepover flick, and maintains fashion credibility for its amazing tartan two-pieces, outrageous headwear and ever-quotable references (“Alaïa, it’s like, a really important designer.”)

The Great Gatsby (2013)

The Great Gatsby
Pierrot Le Fou
Gone With The Wind
A Single Man

Prior to Nocturnal AnimalsTom Ford‘s directorial debut stars Colin Firth as the title character, a recently widowed gay man who begins a relationship with one of his students. Some scenes look as if they’re fresh out of the pages of a magazine, and the costumes worn by Julianne Moore—Ford’s longtime muse—are good enough to march down the runway.

Taxi Driver (1974)

Taxi Driver

If Martin Scorcese’s classic film about a vigilante New York taxi driver suffering from post traumatic stress disorder doesn’t sound like a ‘fashion film’, you haven’t seen 14-year-old Jodie Foster’s outfits.

Working Girl (1988)

Woring Girl
Pretty Woman
Royal Tenenbaums

Gwyneth Paltrow‘s Hermès ‘Birkin’-toting Margot Tenenbaum (one member of the large, brooding Tenenbaum clan) has long been a style icon of the fashion industry. Just ask industry golden boy Alessandro Michele, whose debut collection for Gucci felt like an Ode to Margot with its pastel polo shirts, oversized glasses and furs.

Rear Window (1954)

Rear Window

The only thing you’ll find more intriguing than the twists and turns of Alfred Hitchcock’s ’50s thriller is how Grace Kelly manages to look more and more chic in each scene she appears in.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

Bonnie and Clyde

Faye Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde is peak Faye Dunaway, and for a murderous criminal on a full-blown crime spree, the girl sure finds time to accessorise. It’s neck scarves, berets and coloured stockings galore.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Breakfast at Tiffany

In all of cinematic history, is there a single outfit more iconic than Audrey Hepburn, the black Givenchy gown, the diamond necklace and the velvet gloves? If so, we’re yet to find it. Holly Golightly is a style icon for the ages.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Pulp Fiction
A Bigger Splash

Is it too soon to call this indie flick an iconic fashion film? We think not. Tilda Swinton stars as a David Bowie-esque rock star called Marianne who has a penchant for Dior. No, seriously—Dior entered into an exclusive partnership with filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, and everything Marianne wears, from her sunglasses to her backless evening gowns, are Dior. Extra points? The film received critical acclaim after its 2015 release.

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Marie Antoinette

Sofia Coppola knows a thing or two about style, so it figures that her film’s are heavyweights in the costume department. Marie Antoinette, with its embellished wigs, ornate fans and dramatic gowns, is possibly her most stylish offering thus far.

Almost Famous (2000)

Almost Famous

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