14 Movies All Fashion-Lovers Must See
When it comes to the magic of movies, costume design has long played a major role—especially in the creation of memorable characters. They help define these on-screen personalities and often serve as another layer of storytelling. So, if you're anything like us and enjoy a little sartorial eye candy and inspiration with your film screening, you’ll most certainly enjoy the following 14 films, whose fashions are utterly iconic.
Carey Mulligan plays Jenny, a sheltered 16-year-old who gets swept off her feet by the arrival of a slick and cultured older man (Peter Sarsgaard). Set in ’50s and ’60s London, the film chronicles Jenny’s education—her whirlwind induction into adult life—by way of her own style transformation from prim schoolgirl uniform to glamorous shift dresses, overcoats, driving gloves, and statement jewels.
Alicia Silverstone’s charmingly shallow Cher Horowitz and Stacey Dash’s Dionne know a thing or two about making an entrance. From the film’s famous plaid suit sets to perhaps the original naked dress (it’s Calvin Klein!), this ’90s classic is a lesson in getting into character with clothing.
Starring a sweetly bookish Audrey Hepburn as Jo, this frothy musical is practically a period fashion show set to music. From Jo’s custom-made Givenchy dresses (including a romantically modern full-skirted bridal gown) to references to famous fashion names like Diana Vreeland, Funny Face is a tribute to the magic of dress.
Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette is as much a fashion spread as it is a film, its scenes relishing in the pure excess of beauty belonging to France’s young queen. The fashions are like pastel-coloured meringue–, whipped cream-, and cherry-topped confections: pure, over-the-top, can’t-have-enough sweetness.
Tom Ford’s directorial debut is just as deliciously good-looking as you could possibly imagine. Starring Julianne Moore and Colin Firth (with Nicholas Hoult and Matthew Goode in smaller roles) and telling a touching story of loss, the film is anything but style over substance.