Top 10: Fashion Movies

Just like I love books about the rich and beautiful, I also love movies and documentaries about them too. I'm always looking for inside views into the elite world of fashion, and there are some amazingly talented filmmakers who have provided just that. Feeling inspired by the upcoming release of the Met Gala-centric documentary he First Monday in May, I wanted to list some of my top picks of the most fashionable movies and documentaries to keep us all entertained and fashion-savvy.

1. The Devil Wears Prada. I've never read the book, but I can't imagine it could be much better than the movie. This is such a classic, from the amazing cast to the fabulous clothes, and even though it's fiction it does have roots in reality; Miranda Priestly, the "devil" of a magazine editor, is based on Anna Wintour of Vogue. TDWP is fun and funny and insightful and so real and I'll never pass up a chance to watch it.

2. The September Issue. Speaking of Anna Wintour, she serves as the star of this documentary about Vogue's famous annual September Issue, which is the biggest and most influential issue released each year. This documentary follows the Vogue team as they visit catwalks and studios and work with designers to decide what will earn a place in the September issue. If you want to know what a busy fashion magazine office must look like at crunch time, I can't imagine you could find a more accurate view.

3. Coco Before Chanel. I'll watch absolutely anything that Audrey Tautou is in, and her role as Coco Chanel is just a bonus. This movie follows the life that she lived back when she was Gabrielle, a seamstress and bar singer, before she was became a legend as Coco. Much of this part of her life is less well-known, so it's really great to have a spotlight shown on it through such a beautiful movie.

4. Valentino: The Last Emperor. I love how opulent this documentary is. It was made as a sort of farewell to Valentino as he was nearing his retirement, and in staying true to the designer, they really did it up big. There's footage from both his private life (my favorite is the small army of pugs he takes yachting with him) and from his professional life as he gears up for a huge couture show and farewell party. If you want luxe, watch this.

5. Dior and I. This one's pretty straightforward: it's a look into the inner workings of Dior, with obligatory footage of runway shows and what happens behind the scenes leading up to and during them. Dior isn't my favorite brand (although how can anyone not love it - look at that dress) and this one is pretty one-track-minded, but it's a great documentary for anyone who's a die-hard Dior lover.

6. Yves Saint Laurent. I love Gaspard Ulliel (you might know him as the face of Chanel's Bleu cologne) and he doesn't disappoint here as the titular designer. This movie follows his rise to the role of head designer at Christian Dior and then the emotional breakdown he suffered thereafter.

7. In Vogue: The Editor's Eye. This documentary is a little less about the fashion and a little more about the influential people who decide what to bring to the public. Anna Wintour and her team are featured so as to spotlight the people who work behind the scenes in the fashion world, including photographers, editors, and stylists. I love this one because it covers a lot that other fashion documentaries don't really touch on.

8. Bill Cunningham: New York. If you're not familiar with Cunningham and his work, here's your chance to learn! This is a great documentary about the New York Times photographer and his forty-plus years of work in both the high fashion and street style worlds.

9. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's. I think this might be my favorite fashion documentary of all time. It tells the story of Bergdorf Goodman from past to present and its importance both to fashion and to New York City. Several famous figures, from Vera Wang to Rachel Zoe to the Olsen twins, share their memories from the store and discuss its influence on their work and personal style. It's such a lighthearted and fun documentary that really captures the essence of the fashion empire.

10. Clueless. Okay, so maybe this isn't exactly a "fashion movie," but who could ever argue that fashion plays any less of a role than Alicia Silverstone does? I mean, have you seen her yellow plaid outfit or her entire closet saved on her tablet for easy access and outfit planning? The first time I watched it, I didn't even know what it was about because I focused so much on the clothes. If you're a fashion lover, you can't miss this one.

Do you have any favorite fashion movies that you think should be on the list? Let me know in the comments! I'm always looking for more recommendations!

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