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Monday 5 August 2013

Fashion on Film

I've just started reading Grace Coddington's Memoir and am already loving every second. Quite aside from giving an insight into the heady heights of American Vogue, it's beautifully illustrated, packed full of gorgeous photos and so readable that I've already whizzed through several chapters.
Grace shot to fame after starring in the fashion fabulous film, The September Issue, a documentary following the Vogue team as they put together the 2007 fall fashion issue. 

Reading the book and Grace's take on the film got me to thinking about my other favourite fashion films. So, here are the nine other films which complete my fashion film top ten...
The Eye Has To Travel 
She famously commented that the bikini was the most important thing since the atom bomb, and this documentary about the Empress of Fashion is stuffed full of deliciously similar Vreeland soundbites. The beautiful retrospective of the fashion tour de force who edited Harpers Bazaar and Vogue, really shows how the fashion magazine has become the all-powerful force that it is today. 

The Devil Wears Prada
The film adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's bestselling novel which is speculated to have been based on her real life experience working for Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. Fashion world insight aside, the film also showcases some heart-stopping style and Meryl Streep's turn as icy editor, Miranda Priestly is fantastic. 

Valentino - The Last Emperor
This documentary chronicles the life and career of Valentino Garavani - master of couture, father to a pack of pugs and king of the tantrum. We see everything from dress fittings to star studded parties along with a bit of hilariously bitchy bickering between Valentino and his partner and business associate, Giancarlo Giammetti.

Marie Antoinette
Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette is a complete riot of decadent, frothy, over-the-top costumes finished off with a high-top trainer. Fun and aesthetically dazzling, you'll want to eat cake while wearing a ball gown after watching this film.

Sex & The City Movie
After loving every single episode of the TV show and re-watching it all over and over again, the Sex & The City film wasn't quite all that we'd hoped it would be but no one can deny that the fashion is fabulous. No top ten of fashion films would be complete without a nod to Carrie & Co. Special mention has to go to that wedding dress scene...  

Lagerfeld Confidential
A peek into the bonkers world of a fashion genius, Karl Lagerfeld. This extended interview attempts to lift the curtain surrounding the elusive Chanel designer and is worth watching for the Karlisms alone... "When I took on Chanel, it was a sleeping beauty - not even a beautiful one; she snored".

Breakfast at Tiffany's
One of my all time favourite films, I absolutely adore Breakfast at Tiffany's and it's undoubtedly one of the most glamorous films ever made. Audrey Hepburn in that black Givenchy dress and pearls has to be one of fashion's most iconic images.

Bill Cunningham New York 
Documentary following The New York Times' fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham, as he goes about his street style snapping on his beaten up old bicycle. Funny and at times poignant, the film peels back the glitz and glamour and paints a moving portrait of the man behind the lens whose sole, all-consuming passion is fashion.

A Single Man

Fashion designer, Tom Ford's, film directorial debut, A Single Man is as startlingly beautiful as you'd expect it to be. Based on a novel by Christian Isherwood, the film centres around Colin Firth who plays a gay British college professor living in California in the 60s. With incredible performances from Colin Firth, Julianne Moore and Nicholas Hoult, the film also provides a very stylish snapshot of sixties suburbia. 

1 comment

  1. I didn't know about the Valentino movie!
    I loved your picks, but Tiffany's in my opinion is nothing more than this single scene that you have in the photo. I found the rest of the movie quite boring! :p

    And I just loved your blog! :-)