Zoolander, The Matrix and Reality Bites – movies with a fashion sense, All Over Press.
THE 10 BEST FASHION MOVIES
The big screen has been home to some of fashion’s most memorable moments. We run down the ten most stylish movies ever to hit the big screen.
Film noir Chinatown depicted 1930s Los Angeles in its corrupt, chaotic glamour, with Faye Dunaway in the middle of a crooked power struggle. Her femme fatale style, plus the crisp suits worn by Jack Nicholson’s detective Jake Gittes, earned costume designer Anthea Sylbert an Oscar nomination that year.
One of India’s most beloved dramas, Devdas features incredibly elaborate traditional costume straight out of the early 1900s. Classic and beautiful Bengali fabrics and shapes are contrasted with the suave Western suits worn by Devdas at the film’s opening.
PLEIN SOLEIL (1960)
The French adaption of Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley, Plein Soleil puts quietly elegant clothing at the centre of the film’s psychological drama. Linen shirts, Breton stripes, loafers and chinos are all staples of the effortless Americans as they trip around Italy in style and suspense.
THE BLUE ANGEL (1930)
Marlene Dietrich’s star turn as cabaret star Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel gave her worldwide fame and made her a style icon – her glitzy and yet slightly androgynous pin-up glamour shown here would become a major part of her legacy in Hollywood.
REALITY BITES (1994)
The ultimate 1990s throwback, Reality Bites was the high point of Seattle grunge on the big screen. Lelaina (Winona Ryder) wore her floral dresses with a kind of effortless awkwardness that we’re still trying to copy today, and Ethan Hawke’s character Troy’s unkempt shirts have inspired generations of slackers since.
Maggie Gyllenhaal’s turn as a submissive office assistant in Secretary brought demure staples like pussy-bow blouses, polka dots, fitted pencil skirts and stockings with seams to new alluring heights opposite James Spader’s tough, dominant lawyer.
Poking some much-needed fun at the fashion industry’s cast of characters, Ben Stiller’s Zoolander parodied trends in the real world. Mugatu’s ‘Derelicte’ collection and Derek’s signature ‘Blue Steel’ pose both echo similarly hilarious foibles in the fashion world.
THE MATRIX (1999)
Slick sci-fi The Matrix had Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne and Carrie-Ann Moss rocking sleek black leather and sunglasses like armour, and the influence carried through to the futuristic catwalks of designers like Rick Owens and Nicolas Ghesquière at the dawn of the new millennium.
YVES SAINT LAURENT (2014)
You’d expect a biopic of renowned French designer Saint Laurent to be a little glamorous, but one approved by the house itself? Yves Saint Laurent mined the depths of the YSL archives, as well as filming at the brand’s headquarters, giving a true insight into the life of one of fashion’s most fabulous men.
FOXY BROWN (1974)
With Pam Grier in the title role as a woman seeking revenge for her boyfriend’s murder, Foxy Brown revels in the outrageous, over-the-top sex appeal of 1970s fashion – think crop tops, cut-outs, wide collars and Grier’s signature Afro completing the sultry look.