Top 10 Classic Fashion Films

During this festive time, one can not help but note that movies are as much a staple in our culture as Lady Gaga and Santa Clause. Usually, it’s Christmas movies that get dibs on primetime TV on almost every channel.  Lifetime and Hallmark are two of the biggest culprits, along with ABC Family, who begin showering us with wonderful holiday movies shortly after Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong, I love these movies, as they are some of the most heartwarming films I see all year. However, a change of scenery never hurt anyone, especially for those fashionistas out there who want to get a head start this coming New Year on possible trends. For this reason, I have composed a list of classic fashion films in the hopes of inspiring you to try something new!

Gone with the Wind (1939)

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh star in this dramatic film where they embark on a tumultuous love affair during the Civil War and Reconstruction era.  If not for the love of drama, watch this film for its more than 5,000 individual items of clothing designed by Walter Plunkett.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

This classic film starring Audrey Hepburn tells the tale of a glamorous gal who changed fashion forever with her introduction of “the little black dress” or better known now as the “LBD.” Watch what happens when a young man moves into this socialite’s apartment building. Oh the suspense!

Bonnie & Clyde (1967)

As if breaking the law during the Great Depression wasn’t enough, Bonnie, played by Faye Dunaway, does it in style. With the help of her hubby Clyde, played by Warren Beatty, they give these cops a serious run for their money, literally.

Annie Hall (1977)

Ever wonder where women got the idea that menswear was fashionable? Well look no further than to Diane Keaton’s rendition of Annie Hall, a ditsy little lady who captures the attention of comedian Alvy Singer, played by Woody Allen.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Most Hollywood films feature actors and actresses with Hollywood good looks, and this movie is no exception! With Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow, there is undoubted explosion of beauty that you won’t want to miss. Apart from being a great movie, the costume design used in the film is truly fabulous.

Almost Famous (2000)

Kate Hudson, the star of the film, is an exceptional style icon now a days, but she wasn’t always up there. Her fame erupted after she empowered this whimsical, free spirited girl who dressed like a groupie. She said hello to Penny Lane’s fur trimmed coat and thus welcomed her new found fame.

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

While a family of child prodigies reunite after a big separation, Gwyneth Paltrow shines yet again as a fashion inspiration this time as Margot.  Her eccentric wardrobe of Lacoste tennis outfits, vintage bags and fur coats makes this film a must see for the fashion alone.

The Notebook (2004)

We have all seen it, we have all loved it, we probably also cried with it, and what better movie can you think of for 1940’s fashion? This film brings out the best of Rachel McAdams and arguably solidified her career. Do note that her choice in bathing suit was all the rage this past summer and still is!

Atonement (2007)

Keira Knightly shines in this film, both as an actress and as a glamorous style icon. Who can forget that infamous library scene and her breathtaking floor length emerald silk dress? That very dress was copied time and time again and even earned the film’s costume designer, Jacqueline Durran, an Academy Award nomination.

Sex and the City (2008)

Can you think of any better way to end this list?  The four gals who rocked our world on TV finally made it on the big screen in a BIG way… (pun intended!) Not only does this film deliver story-wise, it also showcased some of the best fashion ever on film. How about Carrie’s wedding dress? Talk about CHIC!

I think it’s only fitting that we take a little breather from whatever it is that is stressing us, don’t you? After all, it is the holidays, and we should be enjoying ourselves! So pamper yourself today and go grab one of these movies and a big tub of popcorn. Since fashion is always changing, I feel the words from a wise woman on Project Runway are in order: “One day you’re in, and the next day, you’re out.” But, style is sneaky, and it always seems to pop back up! Just when you were about to give up on your favorite pair of super flare jeans, I know! And so the cycle continues…

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Article by Clarissa Tapia for Phoenix Fashion Week

“The Resource For All Things Fashionable”

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