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11 Fantastic Movies About Fashion

As the curtains close on yet another exhilarating chapter of Lakmé Fashion Week in collaboration with the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the talk of fashion reverberates through the air, lingering long after the last model strut down the runway. Whether you were among the fortunate attendees gracing the front rows, a designer showcasing your latest masterpieces, or simply an avid enthusiast catching glimpses of the runway magic through digital screens, the allure of fashion has captivated all. As the fervour of Lakmé Fashion Week settles, cinema offers a gateway into this mesmerising realm. Read through this list of ten handpicked movies that encapsulate the essence of fashion, glamour, and the relentless pursuit of sartorial excellence.

House of Gucci (2021)

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Ridley Scott’s ‘House of Gucci’ delves into the captivating world of one of Italy’s most iconic fashion families. Despite featuring an ensemble cast of American and British talent, including Adam Driver, Lady Gaga, Al Pacino, and more, the decision to employ heavily accented English dialogue adds a unique charm to the film, reminiscent of a comedic parody. However, beyond the linguistic flair lies a compelling narrative that follows Maurizio, a member of the Gucci dynasty, and his relationship with Patrizia, played by Lady Gaga. Set against the backdrop of 1978 Milan, the film explores themes of ambition, betrayal, and the complexities of family dynamics within the fashion industry. As the story unfolds, audiences are treated to a visual feast of opulent fashion and lavish lifestyles, underscored by Gaga’s commanding performance as Patrizia. Despite its focus on fashion, ‘House of Gucci’ occasionally veers into melodrama, yet it remains an engaging exploration of power, passion, and the price of success in the glamorous world of high fashion.

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

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‘The Devil Wears Prada’ offers a glimpse into the high-stakes fashion industry, adapted from Lauren Weisberger’s novel. Anne Hathaway portrays Andy Sachs, thrust into the role of assistant to the formidable Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep. While the book presents Miranda as a one-dimensional villain, Streep’s performance adds depth to the character, revealing her as both intimidating and surprisingly human. Directed by David Frankel and written by Aline Brosh McKenna, the film explores themes of ambition, integrity, and sacrifice in the pursuit of success. As Andy navigates the demands of her demanding boss and the glamour of the fashion world, audiences are treated to a mix of drama and humour. ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ remains a compelling exploration of power dynamics and the price of ambition, underscored by sharp dialogue and stylish cinematography. With its stellar cast and engaging storyline, the film captivates audiences with its portrayal of the complexities of life in the fast-paced world of fashion publishing.

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

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Audrey Tautou shines as Coco Chanel in a captivating portrayal of the fashion icon’s early life as a seamstress in this biopic. Directed with elegance and flair, the film delves into Chanel’s journey before establishing her iconic fashion house, offering a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the designer’s mind. Catherine Leterrier’s exquisite costume design, which earned her a César Award, adds to the film’s allure, capturing the essence of Chanel’s timeless style. Through sublime cinematography and art direction, viewers are transported to a bygone era, immersing themselves in the world of fashion history. With Tautou’s mesmerising performance and meticulous attention to detail, this biopic is a must-watch for fashion enthusiasts seeking a deeper understanding of one of the industry’s most influential figures.

Cruella (2021)

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Disney’s imaginative portrayal of the fashion world offers a captivating twist with ‘Cruella,’ tracing the origin story of the iconic villain from 101 Dalmatians.’ Emma Stone embodies the youthful Cruella DeVil, showcasing her evolution from renegade fashion designer to notorious figure. Set against the backdrop of 1960s London, the film explores themes of rebellion and innovation, drawing parallels to real-world fashion pioneers like Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano. While the costumes may take liberties with historical accuracy, they contribute to the film’s visually striking aesthetic. The narrative delves into the complexities of ego and ambition within the fashion industry, resonating with audiences despite its fantastical elements. ‘Cruella’ offers a fresh perspective on the allure and ruthlessness of the fashion world, presenting a tale that is both timeless and captivating.

The Dressmaker (2015)

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In ‘The Dressmaker’, Kate Winslet stars as Myrtle Dunnage, who returns to her rural Australian hometown after being blamed for a classmate’s death years earlier. Now known as Tilly, she has reinvented herself as a couture designer, captivating the town with her glamorous creations. As Tilly breathes new life into the locals’ wardrobes, she also seeks revenge against those who wronged her in the past. The comedy-drama unfolds as Tilly teaches the townsfolk that clothing can be more than mere fabric, culminating in a fiery finale that leaves a lasting impression. With its blend of humour, drama, and vengeance, ‘The Dressmaker’ showcases Winslet’s talent and delivers a compelling narrative that explores the power of fashion and redemption.

Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)

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In the whirlwind world of New York City’s fashion scene, Rebecca Bloomwood grapples with a dangerous addiction to shopping. As she dreams of a career in fashion journalism, Rebecca’s insatiable desire for new clothes and accessories threatens to derail her ambitions. Her flamboyant style catches the eye in the corridors of the fashion magazine industry she aspires to join, but her mounting debts force her to confront the reality of her compulsive spending habits. Isla Fisher’s portrayal brings humour and depth to the character, offering a poignant exploration of consumerism and the quest for self-discovery in ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic.’

Haute Couture (2021)

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In ‘Haute Couture,’ director Sylvie Ohayon brings audiences into the glamorous yet often overlooked world of haute couture seamstresses. Nathalie Baye shines as Esther, the head seamstress at Dior’s prestigious workshop, whose dedication to her craft has left her estranged from her own daughter. When a chance encounter with a young thief named Jade unexpectedly alters Esther’s life, the film delves into their unlikely bond and the collision of their worlds. With sharp wit and poignant moments, ‘Haute Couture’ explores themes of craftsmanship, sacrifice, and the timeless allure of fashion. Baye’s portrayal of Esther, coupled with Khoudri’s spirited performance as Jade, adds depth to the narrative, offering a glimpse into the inner workings of the fashion industry. As the film unfolds, audiences are treated to a visually stunning portrayal of the meticulous artistry behind haute couture, shedding light on the unsung heroes who bring these exquisite creations to life. “Haute Couture” is a captivating ode to the seamstresses whose skill and dedication make them the true backbone of the fashion world.

Phantom Thread (2017)

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‘Phantom Thread’ delves into the world of Reynolds Woodcock, a renowned British fashion designer in 1955 London, portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis. As Reynolds crafts exquisite dresses by day and navigates high society by night, his life takes a turn when he meets Alma, a charming waitress. Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film explores themes of power, desire, and redemption, all against the backdrop of the glamorous fashion industry. With captivating performances and stunning visuals, ‘Phantom Thread’ offers a thought-provoking examination of love and ambition in a world defined by beauty, excess, and the enigmatic allure of haute couture.

Funny Face (1957)

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In this 1957 musical directed by Stanley Donen, fashion editor Maggie Prescott sets her sights on discovering the next big thing during a Paris trip. Renowned photographer Dick Avery is captivated by Jo, an intellectual young woman, and sees her potential as a fashion sensation. As romance blossoms between them, the film follows their journey in the glamorous world of fashion. With Hepburn in her boho-gamine persona and Astaire’s captivating dance sequences, the movie offers moments of charm and elegance. However, the age gap between the actors and the film’s portrayal of modern women may be perceived as less convincing. Nonetheless, Astaire’s dancing prowess and the film’s portrayal of the fashion industry remain highlights of this classic musical.

The Neon Demon (2016)

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In Nicolas Winding Refn’s neon-noir fantasy ‘The Neon Demon,’ Los Angeles becomes the backdrop for a chilling modern fairytale of beauty and horror in the high-fashion world. Elle Fanning stars as Jesse, a young ingenue navigating the cutthroat industry, where her youthful allure attracts both admiration and envy. As Jesse delves deeper into this glamorous yet sinister world, she discovers the dark forces lurking beneath its dazzling surface. With mesmerising visuals and a satirical script, the film explores themes of youth, vanity, and exploitation in a surreal and provocative manner. Jena Malone delivers a standout performance as Ruby, a makeup artist with a dark secret, adding depth to the film’s haunting narrative. ‘The Neon Demon’ blends elements of horror, fantasy, and social commentary to create a visually stunning and thematically rich cinematic experience.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

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Audrey Hepburn shines as the quirky and ambitious Holly Golightly in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ set against the vibrant cityscape of New York. With dreams of marrying into wealth, Holly’s unconventional lifestyle is turned upside down when she crosses paths with struggling writer Paul Varjak, played by George Peppard. As their lives intertwine, they embark on a whirlwind journey filled with heartbreak, longing, and unexpected romance. Against the iconic backdrop of “Moon River,” Holly’s stylish black ensemble becomes synonymous with her charm and sophistication. ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ is a timeless tale of love and self-discovery, capturing the essence of 1960s glamour and the pursuit of happiness in the bustling city.

Zara Flavia Dmello


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