10 of the Best Fashion Films to Watch

The chronicles of quarantine might have put a hold on impulse shopping and face to face interaction, but it hasn’t broken the spirits of our diehard creatives and fashionistas.

Sulking in front of the tv has never looked more chic, because PATTERN has put together ten great fashion films for our fellow couture and runway lovers. Whether you’re looking for a little inspiration or a way to spend your time social distancing, these ten fashion dramas, documentaries and comedies are the perfect go-tos.

Dior and I (2014) Hulu

Nothing screams runway like watching a classic fashion documentary. Take a look behind the scenes of Christian’s House of Dior, where stress, thrill, and couture coexist in one space. Starring Raf Simons, Jennifer Lawrence and Anna Wintour, Dior and I is a must see for a night in or even if you’re in need for a little creative stimulation.

Yves Saint Laurent (2014) Prime Video

This 2014 fashion drama starring french actor Pierre Niney explores the emergence of Yves Saint Laurent as the head of the House of Dior following the shocking death of fashion icon Christain Dior. Saving the House from financial despair, Yves’ spring collection of 1958 was a groundbreaking moment in fashion history. With love, lust, drugs and high fashion at every turn,  this film is nothing short of compelling. So get cozy, grab some popcorn and dive into the history of one of the biggest names in fashion.

The September Issue (2009) YouTube

Introducing another fashion documentary featuring renown editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, however this time around, Vogue’s September Issue of 2007 is the center of attention. Going behind the scenes of one of the magazine’s most important issues, this documentary reveals the diligence and passion it takes to put together 840 pages of captivating fashion and stories that capture exactly what readers want. Anna being the heart of the documentary, delivers cunning energy, editorial insight and her signature bob.

Coco Before Chanel (2009) Prime Video

French actress Audrey Tautou gives us two hours of fashion, drama and romance as she depicts the life and evolution of French designer and icon Coco Chanel. Starting off as a seamstress and a cabaret entertainer, the highs and lows of Coco’s story are inspiring and capture the heart of female entrepreneurship and creativity. With love and high fashion involved, watch Coco change the landscape of women’s fashion, reaching the top of Parisian haute couture.

GIA (1998) HBO Now

A good quarantine and chill session calls for a 90s classic. Starring Angelina Jolie as main character, Gia Carangi, this fashion drama tells the story of an aspiring model whose life spirals in unimaginable directions as she is in pursuit of her dreams. Set in New York City, Gia propels to the top of the modeling industry with the help of her agent and mentor, Wilhelmina Cooper. However, an unexpected traumatic event causes her to reach a devastating low. Tune into this drama to see how her story unfolds.

The First Monday in May (2016) Hulu

This documentary featuring Vogue editor Anna Wintour and British museum curator and current Head Curator takes a look at a fashion exhibit in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, displaying original Chinese-inspired Western pieces. Taking you behind the scenes of the exhibit and Met Gala planning, this film gives viewers a glimpse into large scale planning in the fashion industry and a look at breathtaking designs. Afterall, if Anna Wintour is involved, you know you won’t be disappointed.

Sex and the City (2008) Prime Video

After watching Carrie Bradshaw’s endless adventures in the Big Apple in the original tv series, you can’t help but fall in love with her charm, her friends, and most importantly her closet. Exploring the challenges of romance and friendship with a touch of humor, this 2008 fashion film will take you on an emotional roller coaster. You might find yourself a little devastated, heart broken, or even laughing off your seat at times, but you will not be able to take your eyes off a special pair of Manolo Blahniks. After all, Sex in the City is known for its commitment to fashion.

Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) iTunes

This 2008 documentary follows the story of Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani. Featuring Valentino himself, his business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, as well as other renown fashion creatives, this documentary follows the conclusion of Valentino’s long winded career as a designer. Exploring the pivotal moments of Valentino’s career and showcasing his commitment to his craft, this documentary is sure to inspire and incite creativity in viewers.

L’Amour Fou (2010) YouTube

In case you weren’t tired of the renown and iconic Yves Saint Laurent, this documentary captures the harsh reality of late designers’ story minus the theatrics. Battling with substance abuse and depression, Yves emerged as the head of the House of Dior in 1957, later building a name and a brand of his own. Although Yves’ story has been told in two earlier fashion dramas, this documentary gives a more personal approach making it even more memorable and captivating.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006) Prime Video

Last but not least, the classic 2006 film starring Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep. This fan favorite takes you on a runway adventure, as plain jane Andrea Sachs transforms into a fashion forward diva working under the fierce and intimidating magazine editor, Miranda Priestly. Andrea struggles to stay true to herself, losing balance in her relationship and her friendships all for the sake of prestige and fashion. If you haven’t watched this classic already, go now! If you’ve already seen it, watch it again. The Devil Wears Prada is a must see and a must see it again.

Enjoy this list of fashion dramas, comedies, and documentaries and take care of yourself. Social distancing, but make it fashion.

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