When it comes to fashionable movies, there's a wealth to choose from. Fashion is inextricably linked to film, just as it is to music, art, even architecture. It's a relationship where both parties benefit; film often influences the trends on the catwalk, whilst there are those films (SATC anyone?) whose appeal comes in no small part from the amazing clothes worn on set. So, if you're looking for a little cinematic inspiration, here are ten wonderful fashionable movies to inspire your wardrobe.
When speaking of fashionable movies, there are those that are inspiring simply because of the sheer luxury and scale of the costume department; then there are those where that one outfit is immortalised in our collective fashion consciousness forever. Annie Hall is the latter; as Diane Keaton's Annie brought a new meaning to masculine tailoring with her shirt, trousers and tie - and obligatory fedora, of course.
The brilliant Meryl Streep, with that glacial stare, gave us quite the insight into the fashion industry with her portrayal of Miranda Priestley, fashion editor extraordinaire - and rumoured to be based on the immutable Anna Wintour. Shiver. Whilst the people may have been terrible, the clothes certainly weren't. I like to imagine that's how I'll dress when Vogue realises what it's missing and hires me.
Molly Ringwald epitomises the eighties for me, and no more so than as budding designer Andy in Pretty in Pink. It was the eighties, so everything was just a bit too much - but who wouldn't have fun dressed like that?
As mentioned before, SATC deserves a place on this list. The fashion buzz surrounding this film was huge - bigger than any other film I can remember during my lifetime. As soon as the theme tune started, NYC came into view and Carrie appeared in that clashing green floral number, that was it - it was like we’d never been away.
The Great Gatsby is yet to be released - but it's already created a catwalk trend, nearly three seasons ago. That's quite the impact. Judging from the photos from the set, we can look forward to one of the most sumptuous period dramas in years. Dresses designed by Prada, jewellery by Tiffany - need I say more?
No list would be complete without Breakfast At Tiffany's and Audrey Hepburn's adorable, damaged Holly Golightly standing outside Tiffany's in her Givenchy black dress, pearls and those huge sunglasses. Her outfit here is quite possibly the most iconic in fashion history - and in regards to inspiring our wardrobe, there are few women who don't own an LBD.
The green dress Keira Knightley wore in that library scene earned the designer an Oscar nomination and was voted best costume of all time by Sky Movies. When I think of Atonement, the first thing that comes to mind is how the emerald silk moved as Knightley walked - an inspired creation that's gone down in fashion history.
And it's not just women who can look to film to inspire their wardrobe. Richard Gere positively smouldered his way around eighties L.A, impeccably and, as it turns out, memorably, clad in Giorgio Armani - a designer little known in the USA at the time.
I'm a history lover, so I had to put a little bit more period style in here. For me, Sofia Coppola's lingering shots of Antoinette's endless dresses, jewels, shoes, all worn by Kirsten Dunst - who encapsulates that kind of coquettish innocence and naivety so well - epitomises the mood of the time; richness and poverty, beauty and waste, and so much hopelessness.
Faye Dunaway went down in history for her role in Bonnie and Clyde - who would have thought below the knee skirts, flats and a beret could be so very sexy?
It was hard narrowing the list down to just ten - in fact, I could have done ten Audrey Hepburn films alone, whilst imagining myself skipping round Rome in a dirndl and sandals. What films have you found most inspiring?
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