10 Movies That Will Take You To The Surreal World Of Fashion


“Every day is a fashion show and the world is the runway” – Coco Chanel

Fashion is something which can make someone really uncomfortable. Yet, the beauty and the quintessence of the word lies in the fact that it can redefine your identity. If any single day in your life, you chose to be fashionable, you allow yourself to be embraced with a tinge of surrealism. At times when movies and fashion unite, anecdotes of fancy chimera leave the admirers in awe, so much that they transform forever. The surrealism, then becomes a part and parcel of their daily lives. Film-makers over decades have tried their hands onto filming the best from the inside world of fashion. This list is for every individual who relates himself to vogue, and loves the artistry, the word itself holds.

The September Issue (2009)

Each August, fashion connoisseurs look forward to get their hands onto a copy of Vogue magazine’s autumn issue. Filmmaker R.J. Cutler depicts the weather inside the American Vogue office. The fashion bible’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour also known as ‘Nuclear Wintour’ and one of the most powerful women in America, carry out intense preparations with her team, necessary to produce the issue.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Lauren Weisberger’s novel’s adaptation into the film is believed to be a better and polished version. Starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt, the story revolves around the life of a young journalist Andy, who joins Miranda Priestly’s office. Miranda (Meryl Streep) is believed to be playing Anna Wintour (Vogue America’s editor-in-chief), stalwart and self-absorbed.

Sex And The City (2008)

Carry Bradshaw depicts a well-known author and is famous for her column ‘Sex and the City’. Carry with her friends Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte gossip about their social lives in New York City and constantly search for long-lasting relationships. Fashion and friendships unite them over the years.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

Based on the first two entries in the Shopaholic series on novels by Sophie Kinsella, the film revolves around the life of Rebecca Bloomwood who is a shopping addict.

Rebecca accepts a job at a magazine to deal with her huge debts. Although her column is a hit, she hardly practices what she preaches. If the truth is out, she will lose an admiring boss and more.

Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear) (1994)

The film revolves around Paris Fashion Week, where models, designers and high profile names in the industry gather to work, mingle, argue and try to seduce one another. American television personality Kitty (Kim Basinger) unsuccessfully vies to keep up with the high-fashion types. Journalists Anne (Julia Roberts) and Joe (Tim Robbins) skip out on most of the festivities in favor of a hotel room tryst. And fading icons Sergei (Marcello Mastroianni) and Isabella (Sophia Loren) hope to rekindle a romance from decades ago.

Dior and I (2014)

‘Dior and I’ throws light on the inside world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director—a true labor of love created by a dedicated group of collaborators and gifted artisans. Merging the everyday, pressure- filled components of fashion with mysterious echoes from the iconic brand’s past, the film is also a colourful reverence to the dressmaker who serve Simons’ vision.

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Staring Audrey Tautou, the film is based on the early life of world renowned French fashion designer Coco Chanel. The film is directed by actor turned director Anne Fontaine. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for best costume design.

Sex and the City 2 (2010)

Carrie, Miranda and Charlotte are dealing with the pressures of life, love and work. Their lives take a turn when Samantha offers them an all-expenses-paid trip to Abu Dhabi. The girls discover themselves more and on their way back to home they mend their ways and seek new resolutions.

Zoolander (2001)

Directed by Ben Stiller, the 2001 American comedy portrays the protagonist as a narcissistic model who becomes a puppet of corrupt fashion executives, who plot to assassinate the Prime Minister of Malaysia. The film is a brilliant satire on the fashion industry and received mixed response from critics.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Starring Audrey Hepburn, the film is considered to be one of the most memorable and identifiable roles by the actress. Audrey portrayed a high profile socialite, and earned an Oscar nomination for the role. The film received positive reviews and was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Though, there are many significant films which created benchmarks and highly impacted the fashion world, the ones in the list have received appreciation from all over the world.

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