Do you ever find yourself in need of a good fashion fix? Or you're in a style slump with no outfit inspo? Indulge your sartorial cravings with a movie or TV show that features incredible looks by amazing designers. We've put together a list of the best shows and movies you should watch if you're in need of some fashion inspiration.
The Great Gatsby
The Great Gatsby portrays the glitz and glamour of the roaring 20s stunningly. The costume designer, Catherine Martin, called on Miuccia Prada for help designing the wardrobe for this film; many of the outfits seen in the movie are reworkings of archived Prada and Miu Miu pieces. Apart from being gorgeous, the costumes were pretty spot-on in terms of historical accuracy. For example, the designers chose fabrics that were around in the 1920s, making sure to not include anything synthetic, since synthetic fibres weren’t introduced until the 1940s.
Emily in Paris
Sex and the City's costume designer Patricia Fields has taken on a new project: Emily in Paris! This new Netflix series, starring Lily Collins, is full of gorgeous (and sometimes gorgeously gauche) pieces of fashion, curated in collaboration with French costume designer Marylin Fitoussi. The best way we can think to describe Emily's fashion is Carrie Bradshaw and Blair Waldorf's love child—classy with a touch of camp!
The classic Annie Hall look of pleated trousers, vest, tie, and bowler hat was a benchmark for androgynous dressing. Diane Keaton rocked every outfit in this movie, but none more than the menswear looks the film is known for. While most of the pieces were from Ralph Lauren, the designer actually credits Diane Keaton with the styling genius—Annie Hall’s outfits were modelled off Keaton’s style in real life!
Crazy Rich Asians
Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Dior, Elie Saab, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, and YSL are just a smattering of labels that were featured in this fashion-packed film! The movie gives us a sneak peek into the lives of the richest, most elite families in Singaporean society, none of whom are ever short of designer pieces on hand.
This show, which portrays the lives of insanely rich teenagers in New York City, is chock full of incredible fashion. From Blair Waldorf’s Elie Saab wedding dress and bright red Oscar de la Renta number to Serena’s countless couture gowns and edgy rag & bone pieces, there are looks that will wow every fashion lover!
Although this comedy may not be the first to come to mind when you think of fashion-forward TV shows, Schitt’s Creek is actually packed with sartorial gems! Catherine O’Hara’s character, Moira Rose, is dressed from head to toe in high-fashion labels in every episode. Sticking to the show’s small budget, the producers found pieces from Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons, Givenchy, Rick Owens, and more from consignment stores and sales.
The Devil Wears Prada
With over $1million spent on costumes, this is the fashion movie to end all fashion movies. Is there any scene more iconic than Andy walking into the office, with the glow of a fresh makeover, wearing the Chanel boots? We don’t think so, either. Fun fact—Anna Wintour (who Miranda Priestly was loosely based off) attended an advanced screening of this film wearing Prada from head to toe! And in a very un-Miranda Priestly move, Meryl Streep generously donated all of her killer designer costumes to charity after the film wrapped up shooting.
Sex and the City
This show (and the movies that followed) may have set more trends than it followed. There are countless memorable fashion moments throughout the show: Carrie’s Dior newspaper dress, her schoolgirl look with a monogrammed Gucci bum bag, the signature tutu skirt, Samantha’s girl-boss matching suits—need we go on? The movies were a hub of iconic looks, too. The wedding dress scene alone features the genius of Vivienne Westwood, Carolina Herrera, Vera Wang, Dior, and Oscar de la Renta! In the words of Carrie Bradshaw, “So special it could bring a wedding tear from even the most unbelieving of women”. And, of course, we couldn’t mention Sex and the City without acknowledging Carrie’s undying love for Manolo Blahniks—so undying, in fact, that Manolo Blahnik was mentioned in the show more than any other designer!
If you’ve seen this incredible movie, you’ll know how incredible the fashion is. Each character has a unique, distinct style. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the Ocean’s 8 costume department! The labels featured throughout the film are vast and varied: Givenchy, Burberry, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana, Zac Posen, Cartier… the list goes on and on. We recommend two viewings of this movie: one for the plot, and one simply to ogle the incredible wardrobe choices.
This show embodies 90s fashion gloriously, from Cher and Dionne’s classic plaid matching sets to the knee-high socks to the sleek, white Calvin Klein dress Cher picks out for her date. We don’t know about you, but we’re still channeling Cher’s gym class outfit in our wardrobes today.
The Bold Type
Inspired by the inner workings of Cosmopolitan magazine, The Bold Type centres around 3 20-something girls who work at a high-fashion publication—so you know the fashion is going to be fantastic. Okay, fine, we’ll admit that there are some questionable fashion choices (ahem, Kat’s cropped button down with low rise jeans, Sutton’s interesting choice of wedding dress), but it just makes it that much more realistic—haven’t we all made fashion blunders in the pursuit of being the best-dressed person in the room? Despite the occasional odd outfit, most of the pieces in this show the perfect balance of chic, professional, and cute.
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