Costumes are important in film because they help to create the mood and atmosphere, as well as define the character's personality. Fashion is also an important aspect in films because it is often used to convey messages about gender, class, race, and social status.
Great stylists like to stay out of the way and let their style help the narrative take centre stage. This list contains some of the top fashion films of all time that show how costumes were used in the most interesting, non-traditional way:
1. The Skin I Live In
The Skin I Live In is a 2011 Spanish-French thriller film written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. The film stars Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon who keeps his daughter locked in his basement.
The movie is about the life of a plastic surgeon, Robert Ledgard, who has created an artificial skin that can withstand any trauma.Elena is also his assistant and model for his experiments with this artificial skin.
2. McQueen And I
McQueen And I is a fashion film that focuses on the story of Alexander McQueen, who was an innovative designer that created his own line. The film includes interviews with people who were close to him and clips from his fashion shows.
The movie has been released in theaters this year and it is already a success.
3. Valentino: The Last Emperor
Valantino The Last Emporer is a documentary about the life of Valentino Garavani, an Italian fashion designer.
The documentary covers Valentino’s life from his childhood to his death. It also covers how he built his empire and how he survived through the difficult times in Italy. It also shows how he managed to be creative and innovative even at a time when everything was changing around him.
The documentary is about two hours long, but it is worth watching for anyone who loves fashion and wants to know more about one of the most famous designers in history.
4. The Secret World Of Hot Couture
The Secret World of Hot Couture is a documentary that explores the glamorous and secretive world of couture fashion.
The movie follows the lives of several designers, including Valentino, Karl Lagerfeld, and Donatella Versace. It also features interviews with models such as Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell, and Heidi Klum. The film is about how these characters, who all have their own unique style, discover that they are not alone in the world. They are all on a quest for self-discovery and to find their own personal style.
The Secret World of Hot Couture is an insightful documentary that reveals the true story behind high fashion in the modern era.
5. Coco Before Chanel
Coco Before Chanel is a movie about the life of Coco Chanel, one of the most influential fashion designers in history. The film is based on the book by the same name written by French journalist and author, Hal Vaughan.
The story starts with Coco's childhood in provincial France and then follows her ascent in Parisian society as she becomes a leading fashion designer. The film stars Audrey Tautou as Coco and Benoît Poelvoorde as Étienne Balsan.
6. Factory Girl
Factory Girl is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on the life of the model and actress Edie Sedgwick. It was written and directed by George Hickenlooper, and stars Sienna Miller as Sedgwick.
The film follows the life of Edie Sedgwick, from her early days in New York City to her death from drug overdose in 1971. The story is told through flashbacks and narration by an older Edie played by Miller, who is reflecting on her life with a journalist (played by Guy Pearce).
This movie pairs the legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, who is 93 years old and has had a large role in New York's fashion world. The documentary is also a story about creativity. Iris has a lot of talent and is also inspirational to others. IRIS is a project portraying life in New York through the lens of a woman's perspective. The film depicts an enthusiastic attitude towards art, beauty, and people; these are all things to be appreciated about this city's culture.
8. The Devil Wears Prada
The Devil Wears Prada is a 2006 American comedy-drama film about aa young woman who gets a job as an assistant to the editor-in-chief of the most prestigious fashion magazine in New York City. The movie shows how her life is changed by this job and how she becomes stronger and more confident in herself.
The Devil Wears Prada shows that fashion can be glamorous, but it can also be harsh and cruel. It is one of the best movies about fashion and the fashion industry.
9. Phantom Thread
Phantom Thread is a 2017 American-British romantic drama film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis), who finds love with a waitress named Alma (Vicky Krieps) . He takes the young waitress as his muse, lover, and model.
Cruella is a fashion movie which was released in 2018. It tells the story of Cruella de Vil, who is the main antagonist of Disney's 101 Dalmatians. The movie is about her journey from being a rebellious young girl to an iconic villain.
The protagonist goes on to work as a fashion designer and secretly plans as her alter ego to take down her boss by designing some of the best and most stunning pieces of fashion anyone had ever seen.