THE TEN BEST FASHION FILMS COMPILED BY THE GUARDIAN
There’s more to life than being really, ridiculously good-looking.” Ben Stiller’s gleeful 2001 satire set in the vamped world of male modeling (tagline: 3%body fat, 1% brain activity”) saw pouting himbo Derek Zoolander and happy chick rival Hansel (Owen Wilson) teaming up to defeat evil fashion fuhrer Mugatu (Will Ferrell).It flopped at the box office, partly because it was released a fortnight after 9/11, but became a cult favorite on DVD.A long-awaited sequel lands on12 February.
2. Funky Face
“Think pink! Red is dead! Blue is through! Green’s obscene! Brown’s taboo!” This classic 1957 Audrey Hepburn musical romcom, set in the haute couture worlds of New York and Paris, was a knowingly affectionate forerunner to The Devil Wears Prada and TV comedy Ugly Betty. Fred Astaire stars as photographer Dick Avery (based on the film’s visual consultant Richard Avedon), who is told to find a ‘new face’ by his stern…
3. Bill Cunningham New York
“We all get dressed for Bill for Bill”, says Anna Wintour in this warmly intimate 2010 documentary. Richard Press’s film profiles the indefatigable octogenarian who zips around the Big Apple on his beloved Schwinn Bicycle, snapping local scenesters for his two columns in the ‘New York Times style section:On the street(which pretty much invented the street style genre) AND Evening Hours (dressed-up socialites at charity soirees).At home in his cramped Carnegie Hall apartment,Cunninghum wryly discusses his art form (“He who seeks beauty will find it”) and gives a tour of his filing cabinet
4. PRET – A – PORTER
Robert Altman’s biting 1994 satire on the rag trade was shot at pans fashion week. It found the likes of Julia Roberts, Sophia Loren and Tim Robbins playing inter connected characters in the buildup to a catwalk show, with cameos from designers and supermodels.
Michelangelo Antonioni’s elliptical 1966 thriller captured the style of swinging 60’s London, shocked middle America with its casual sex and won the Palme d’or at Cannes mop-topped David Hemmings stars as the dope smoking, Rolls Royce-driving Photographer inspired by David Bailey, who seduces on string of beautiful women including Vanessa Redgrave and Jane Birkin before unwillingly capturing a murder on camera.
6. THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Adapted from the bestselling novel by Lauren Weisberger- who had real life experience of being personal assistant to US vogue editor-in-chief Anna Winton, this 2006 hit comedy starred Anne Hathaway as the graduate who I and a job that “a million girls would kill for” at powerful New York glossy Runaway. Silver haired, Hermes Scorfed Meryl Streep stole the show as her demanding ruthless boss, earnings her 14th Oscar nomination. So many designers lent clothes and accessories to the production wardrobe were overseen by ‘sex and the City’s Patricia Field that it’s the most expensively costumed film of all time.
7. NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES
8. COVER GIRL
9. THE SEPTEMBER
Adapted from theguardian.com