The Best Fashion Movies You Can Watch Right Now
Producer Ryan Murphy's show The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story was a huge success. The series takes a close look at the murder of Gianni Versace (and, for what it’s worth, the Versace family already hates it). Whatever your thoughts, it's clear that we are living in the golden age of fashion entertainment. Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson’s movie about a fashion designer, Phantom Thread, won an Oscar for best costume design. And we are finally years removed from the lingering stench of Zoolander 2.
We’ve broken the best and the worst fashion-themed movies into these categories to give you something stylish to watch when you're stuck for viewing inspiration.
Most Likely to Make You Wonder If Your Childhood Actually Sucked
We warned you we’d be discussing both good and bad movies. Limit your interaction with Zoolander 2 to watching the trailer to see all the cool celebrity cameos (plus the death of Justin Bieber).
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Best Picture (Nominee)
Legendary actor Daniel Day-Lewis plays a fashion designer in Phantom Thread, what he says is his last movie ever. It was a hit at the Oscars, and director Paul Thomas Anderson’s penchant for zooming into the molecules of obsessed and twisted men actually leaves us with some glimmers of optimism this time. Sold.
Best Movie Starring Kristen Stewart That’s About Fashion But Also About Murder – Wait, What?
It’s almost unbelievable that Personal Shopper got made and then came and went without much fanfare. Kristen Stewart is a personal assistant to the rich and famous – a very normal and tame plotline – before her recently deceased twin brother comes back to haunt, and to murder.
Best Movie to Watch Because It’s in the Pantheon of Great Fashion Flicks But Maybe Is Past Its Prime
The 1957 film Funny Face stars Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn in a musical about a fashion photographer (Astaire) looking for the next big thing in modeling (Hepburn). It’s worth watching to see two legendary performers teaming up, and worth cringing at its '50s misogyny.
Most Likely to Impress Film Students
It’s a murder mystery baked into a movie about, again, a fashion photographer. Blow Up is the first English-language movie from legendary Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni, and it’s also extremely stylish.
No, This Is In the Correct Category. Why Do You Ask?
Just like Blow Up, Zoolander also takes a microscope to the loneliness and isolation bred by modern life – just with way Blue Steel.
Just Great to Look At
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The Best Vision of the Future
Blade Runner director Ridley Scott managed to create looks in 1982 that still look futuristic in 2018. Harrison Ford (Rick Deckard) wears dope shearling jackets on screen alongside Sean Young’s (Rachael) mammoth fur coat. The new Blade Runner: 2049 isn’t too shabby in this department either.
The More Likely Vision of the Future
Because as a collective society we’ll probably never dress as cool as Blade Runner characters, I’ve resigned myself to the high-waisted pleated pants future seen on Joaquin Phoenix in Her.
Actually Stylish Underneath All the Bullets
If you erase the war, death, and persistent sense of doom,Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk film is really just Harry Styles, Tom Hardy, and Fionn Whitehead enjoying a lovely seaside romp in an aces lineup of sweaters and coats.
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Movie With the Most Unexpected Swerve – And We Aren’t Talking About Fashion
In The Talented Mr. Ripley Law, Matt Damon, and Gwyneth Paltrow are beautiful people wearing beautiful clothes, at least for a moment, on a beautiful Italian vacation. Even when everything goeswrong, though, the fashion remains solid.