In lieu of the highly anticipated New York Fashion Week, discover some fashion related film gems buried down under Miranda Priestly and her cerulean monologue. Whether you’re a fashion aficionado or just plain curious, these movies will leave you breathless and inspired. – Hola Pauline
Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Coco Before Chanel is a cinematic biography of Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, the female designer who changed the face of fashion forever. From her humble beginnings to revolutionizing the fashion industry and the patriarchal business world, follow Gabrielle Chanel as she becomes the Coco Chanel that we all know and love today.
2 reporters go undercover in the world of glitz and glamour to solve a high-profile murder case. Follow Joe Flynn (Tim Robbins) and Anne Eisenhower (Julia Roberts) as they solve the missing suitcase and felony case, one phone call at a time. The almost satirical film takes a spin on the fashion industry, its prolific diva personalities, and air kisses.
Funny Face (1957)
Straight laced Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn) would rather recite the code of conduct than associate with anything fashion. But with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris within her fingertips, she is poked and prodded to be a model–and its all thanks to a run-in with a charismatic photographer and snobbish fashion editor.
Unzipped shows a realistic rundown on how designers, specifically the witty and candid Isaac Mizrahi, create a buzz-worthy show to remember. From actual garments, color schemes to the nitty gritty details–like that scrim onstage, everything comes from a creative genius’ disarrayed mind.
Dior and I (2014)
Raf Simons was never the obvious choice for the next creative director of Dior after John Galliano’s untimely exit. With his background on menswear and minimalism, he ultimately did not embody the feminine French heritage of the fashion conglomerate. And with the language barrier present and blaring 8-week time limit for a collection, the odds were stacked against his favor. Dior and I documents the painstaking process of creating a collection and the pressure designers go through to create a show masterpiece. The documentary points out the obvious–fashion is a grueling industry and not for the faint of heart.