Fast Five Films: Fashion in Film

MoviefiedNYC Celebrates Fashion Week! Enjoy this post from the past. 
Fast Five Film is our monthly quick pick around any topic that catches our eye. 

It’s September in New York City and that means it’s Fashion Week. In honor of designers, models, photographers and big chunky, magazines, we celebrate the marriage of fashion and film. We didn’t limit ourselves to features or documentaries; we just selected the films that stood out to us the most.  So, enjoy our “September issue”; it has fewer ads and weighs much less.  


David’s Fashion Fast Five Films

1. Blow Up (1966) – Mod 1960s London: skinny-blank-staring models, drugs, a sex-hungry self-absorbed photographer, and a murder distinguish this Michelangelo Antonioni masterpiece as an essential film for any fashion lover, or hater of what it represents. What we see on the surface may not be real.

David Hemmings

 2. Rear Window (1954) – Submerged in this thrilling masterpiece is a fashion show for Edith Head, the catwalk for Grace Kelly, and a fashion editorial for Hitchcock. Every outfit that Kelly wears is a 1950s fashion standout; but Kelly is not the only one dressed to impress, there’s Miss Lonely Hearts prowling in her stunning green dress. Edith Head, Grace Kelly, and Hitchcock! Need I say more?

3. The September Issue (2009)  – The 2009 documentary about putting together the ever important and ever colossal September issue of Vogue centers on the magazine’s legendary editor Anna Wintour, but the heart and soul of this film is Grace Coddington, Vogue’s creative director. Grace is our empathetic guide into Wintour’s world.

Grace Coddington, Anna Wintour

4. The Devil Wears Prada (2006) – Anna’s back, well, sort of, in the form of Miranda Priestly, brilliantly played by Meryl Streep.  This Devil is all about the fashion industry and a magazine that decides for women what they will wear (sound familiar?). For anyone who thinks they’re above fashion, Miranda has one word for them, “cerulean.”

Meryl Streep

5. The Women (1939) – MGM costume designer Adrian created a look for The Women that was both daring and humorous. The costumes express each character’s personality, from Joan Crawford’s sexy and über shoulder-padded outfits to Rosalind Russell’s witty, avant-garde Seeing Eye dress. The Women was shot in black and white, except, of course, for the colorful fashion show sequence. Like the colorized world of Oz, perhaps the fashion world of The Women was just a fantastical dream. 

Rosalind Russell

Myrna’s Fashion Fast Five Films

I’m afraid my love of documentaries has gotten the better of me with my fashion film choices. Still, you shouldn’t miss all these wonderful and compelling stories from the fashion world.

Bill Cunningham

1. Bill Cunningham New York (2010) –  In this film you are stepping into the life of  Manhattan character and photographer, Bill Cunningham whose On The Street column for The New York Times changed how we viewed street style. His story leaves you with an aching heart for this  inspiring visionary.
Yves Saint Laurent

2. L’Amour Fou (2010) –  As grand, as it is intimate, this is a film about Yves Saint Laurent’s life as seen through the eyes of his creative and romantic partner of many years

Valentino: The Last Emperor

3. Valentino: The Last Emperor  (2009)  – There is no doubt that this little orange monarch is a master at his craft; he gives new meaning to The Emperor’s New Clothes.

Edie Sedgwick

4. Ciao! Manhattan (1972) – Can you really have any list about fashion and not include Edie Sedgwick? I don’t think so. Ciao! is a sweet, unstructured poem to all that was right (and wrong) with the Warhol Factory and fashion itself. 

5. Unzipped (1995) – Isaac Mizrahi at the height of his powers, surrounded by the original supermodel brat pack

2 thoughts

  1. I don't know why Sue can't figure thuis out…maybe reading from facebook: Anyway Just to add one or two of my favorite Fashion Movies…or more like movies where I f'ing loved the clothes:

    The Tempest: Esp Helen Mirrens Black Leather Skirt get-up

    Said and done a million limes but Breakfast at Tiffanys, that hat that fabulous gorgeous black feathered hat.

    The Graduate: Fantastic shoes on Ann Bancroft

    WORST Fsshion movie ever : SATC 2..blech


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