Throughout time movies have been a big influence on fashion, and vice versa. There have been tons of movies that make all girls (and some guys) wet themselves at the costumes. A fashionable movie is always great to watch, because even if you won’t go running out to buy yourself a vintage gown from the 1800’s, you get to really expand your fashion horizons. Also, good costumes make up for the movie’s badness… so if you see some “bad” movies below, remember: it’s all about the outfits. Which are fabulous, of course.
A winner for Nicole Kidman – who really proves she can pull off any outfit. The best part about this movie is that the costumes all fit with the time period and the place. And even wearing khaki, Nicole Kidman can still work it.
Who remember this one? If you’re making a movie about super-rich teenagers living in Bel Air, you’ve got to make it believable. And is this movie anything but stylish? Cher has a computer that virtually dresses her every day, a gigantic closet where everything is super organized and gets to shop at the hottest boutiques. All the feather boas, crop tops, and stiletto boots make this movie worth watching.
8) Memoirs of a Geisha
This movie inspired the oriental look everywhere. Suddenly people everywhere and runaways everywhere were showing Japanese-like silk dresses with lovely floral patterns. This movie brought some of the old glamour and honor to the kimono.
Leather, poodle skirts, ruffles and lace! What could make this movie more fun besides a fun wardrobe? Who could ever forget that scene where Olivia Newton-John comes out in all tight leather and red platform shoes? Iconic.
6) Moulin Rouge
The set designs, the somehow sexy writer that’s in love with Nicole Kidman – all of that takes a back seat to the wonderfulness of the costumes. The necklace Nicole Kidman was wearing in the opening scene was actually real, and the most expensive necklace ever made for a movie. The dresses shone brighter than the entire glittering, fake Paris studio set. The bustiers were made of Swarovski crystals and red satin was everywhere. The costumes won an Oscar for best costume design.
5) Marie Antoinette
Looking at the gorgeous dresses made for this movie almost made up for Kristen Dunst’s atrocious acting. Almost. Marie Antoinette is remembered throughout history for being a caricature of female whims, spending the state budget on fancy gowns and new shoes every day. This movie, though poorly done and historically inaccurate, won tons of awards for its brilliant costumes. After the movie, plenty of designers were inspired to create looks based on this movie, such as Christian Dior, Valentino, Vivienne Westwood and Christian Louboutin.
Angelina can pull off any look, especially the 30’s. The lipstick and hats and suits just look amazing on her. The costumes in this movie all fit into the time period where the movie took place. And that is the recipe for a fashionable movie.
3) Devil Wears Prada
This might be an obvious choice, but that doesn’t make the movie any less fabulous. Anne Hathaway’s transformation is worth it alone. The hair, the dresses, the Chanel boots! This has to become a new fashion classic, talked about for years to come.
Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Queen Latifah, and Richard Gere and manage to look so amazing in this movie. Zellweger’s costumes are beautiful, light, sparkly and shimmery. Catherine Zeta-Jones keeps her sultry murderess look throughout the movie, wearing lovely black satin everywhere. Queen Latifah truly looks royal in those 20’s dresses and feather boas. It is impossible not to find Richard Gere sexy in those perfectly tailored, 20’s pin-stripe suits.
1) Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The ultimate fashion icon movie. The first little black dress. The first of many fabulous, fabulous dresses all designed by Givenchy and worn by Audrey Hepburn. The hair, the makeup, the tiara’s, the shoes, the long cigarette holders – everything about this movie is the definition of glamour.