My Top Five Fashion Film Moments

My love of fashion stems from my childhood when I would watch old musicals over and over again and marvel at the elegant ladies in their beautiful dresses.
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November 2, 2012
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Since then I've always had a soft spot for a 'fashion film', whether it's a conventional movie that just happens to feature gorgeous clothes, a behind-the-scenes documentary, or a profile of a famous designer. Here are some of my favourites...

Funny Face, 'Think Pink'

I would watch this film over and over again as a small child, mouth open, trying to absorb every little bit of glamour and elegance in each scene. Audrey Hepburn is, of course, divine, skipping about as an angry little beatnik in chic cropped black trousers, ballet pumps and polo necks, and floating off down the river at the end in a cloud of a wedding dress.

Meet Me In St Louis, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'

Meet Me In St Louis is possibly my favourite film of all time. Judy Garland simply glows in the most spectacular gowns, especially this stunning red velvet ballgown, topped off with a shimmering silver knit hood. Sigh. (I know you can't really see much of the dress in this clip, but you'll have to trust me - and if you haven't seen the film, watch it, it's great!)

The Devil Wears Prada, 'You think this has nothing to do with you?'

When Miranda Priestly says this “That blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when in fact you’re wearing a swearer that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of… stuff.” I CHEER. Every. Single. Time.

The September Issue, Grace at Versailles

This scene makes me cry every time. When Grace says "I think I got left behind somewhere because I'm still a romantic. You have to go charging ahead, you can't stay behind." it's so poignant. Also for a fashion film, I seem to have chosen a clip without much fashion in it, but I don't think that matters - for a visionary like Grace the clothes are always in her mind, weaving in and out of the scene before her eyes.

Valentino: The Last Emperor

Gloriously camp and surprisingly moving, this documentary shows a fashion legend having to come to terms with a rapidly changing world. It also stars some seriously spoilt pugs. My other favourite fashion documentaries include Lagerfeld Confidential and Yves Saint Laurent: L'amour Fou.

Other films that need to mentioned are Clueless - especially the wardrobe and makeover scenes, Blow Up (or you could just watch the video for Seal's Kiss From A Rose which is a scene-by-scene rip-off tribute. And I guess I should grudgingly include Zoolander and Pret a Porter, but really, no.

So which are your favourite fashion moments in film? Are you a sucker for a fancy frock like me (the more petticoats the better!) or do you have more minimal, modern tastes?