Everything you may and may not have known about your favorite fashion designers and those who they inspired and influenced from the 1960s to now. Enjoy and watch from home.
While Rodeo Drive is temporarily closed in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, we’re still here for you. We’ve curated a selection of top fashion movies to inform and entertain. Walk Rodeo Drive’s great fashion houses from afar. From Tiffany’s to Chanel, Dior, McQueen, Valentino, Saint Laurent and more – your fashion fix is only a flick away.
You’ll see the designer’s process, the inspiration and construction, models and makeup, the behind the scenes, the methods, and at times the madness – everything that truly makes up fashion.
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1. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)
This legendary and multiple Academy Award- winning movie is perhaps Audrey Hepburn’s most memorable role. Filmed inside and outside Tiffany & Co’s Fifth Avenue outpost, the film is loosely based on Truman Capote’s 1958 novella of the same name. The plot follows young Holly Golightly (Hepburn) as she ascends New York’s social ladder in her iconic “Little Black Dress” by Givenchy, pearls and long velvet gloves. Enchanted by her eccentricity, her neighbor, a lonely and struggling writer and kept man (George Peppard) slowly uncovers Holly’s vulnerabilities. Hepburn as Holly, with her hair in a high chignon and carrying an oversized cigarette holder, is considered one of the most iconic images of 20th century American cinema. Holly remains to this day an uncontested symbol of style and ageless glamour. Breakfast at Tiffany’s is included in the United States Library of Congress’s National Film Registry in recognition of its significance in American culture.
2. Pretty Woman (1990)
Pretty Woman is one of the highest grossing romantic comedies in history, directed by Garry Marshall and starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. In her Oscar-nominated performance, Roberts plays Vivian Ward, a Hollywood prostitute hired by Edward Lewis (Gere), a ruthless corporate raider who changes his ways after he hires her to be his escort at social events while he’s in Los Angeles. An ode to luxury and fashion, diamond necklaces and cocktail gowns, one of the film’s most unforgettable scenes follows Vivian’s makeover as she struts down Rodeo Drive on a shopping spree. Pretty Woman was filmed in different locations around Beverly Hills including at the Beverly Wilshire, located at the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Rodeo Drive.
3. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Based on a book written by Lauren Weisberger, the former assistant to the editor-in-chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, the film adaption The Devil Wears Prada offers a glimpse into the world of high-end fashion starring Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly, a powerful fashion magazine editor, and Anne Hathaway as Andrea “Andy” Sachs, a college graduate who goes to New York City and lands a job as Priestly’s co-assistant. Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci co-star as co-assistant Emily Charlton and art director Nigel Kipling, respectively. Nominated for several Academy Awards and famed for its one-liners and a hilarious montage of Miranda slamming her coats down on Andy’s desk, the film’s costume design shows a fantastic display of standout looks such as Andy’s appearance in head-to-toe Chanel, her all-white classic ensemble, and Miranda’s gold-mirrored jacket. A feel-good movie for everyone staying at home.
4. Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)
This up-close-and-personal documentary follows Karl Lagerfeld, the iconic designer, who ruled the House of Chanel for over two decades through his travels, his studio, backstage at fashion shows, and into his Parisian apartment. French director Rodolphe Marconi paints a portrait as obscure as its subject, offering an insider glimpse into the real persona behind the oversized sunglasses, the unmistakable ponytail, high Edwardian collars and black suits. Like a fly on the wall, the viewer enters into Lagerfeld’s world from snippets he reveals about his upbringing in northern Germany, near the Danish border – admitting as a child he was “unbearable and spoiled” and comparing himself to Shirley Temple – and from a series of sweeping pronouncements about fashion work, and the perils of friendship.
5. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
Depicting the regal lifestyle of Italian couturier Valentino Garavani, this incisive documentary traces the history of luxury brand Valentino, offering a poignant retrospective of the founder’s 45-year career and endless pursuit of beauty. When asked “What do women want?” he answers categorically, “They want to be beautiful.” Valentino dedicated his work to fulfill that desire by creating sumptuous and timeless pieces and collections. Directed by Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine Matt Tyrnauer, the film takes us behind the scenes through Valentino’s creative process, business decisions, and opulent celebrations, while highlighting his long-standing relationship with his companion and business partner of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.
6. Coco Before Chanel (2009)
Directed by Anne Fontaine, this biographical drama starring Audrey Tautou traces fashion designer Coco Chanel’s early life and career beginnings before she became the legend we know her as today. The biopic was nominated for a flurry of awards including four BAFTA Awards, three European Film Awards, six César Awards and for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design. A tasteful and fascinating tribute, the film portrays young orphan Gabrielle Chanel’s life working as a seamstress by day and as cabaret singer by night. She gains access into French high society thanks to her relationships with Baron Balsan and businessman Arthur Capel who see her gift in millinery. A story about ambition and talent, Coco Before Chanel follows the flourishing of what was to become one of the most famous haute couture brands in the world.
7. Dior and I (2014)
Award-winning and critically-acclaimed documentary film Dior and I is centered around Raf Simon’s debut as creative director of Christian Dior and includes appearances by actresses Marion Cotillard, Isabelle Huppert, Jennifer Lawrence and Sharon Stone. Director Frédéric Tcheng invites viewers to immerse themselves inside the captivating and elegant everyday world of the iconic couture house. With only eight weeks to deliver his first collection as newly appointed creative director, the documentary follows Simon’s creative process leading up to Paris Fashion Week, while offering a revealing look at the collaborative efforts, under pressure, required to produce such a collection.
8. Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
Jalil Lespert’s highly-acclaimed biopic explores the tumultuous personal life and career of couture prodigy Yves Saint Laurent from his beginnings and subsequent dismissal as creative director of Christian Dior. Lead actor Pierry Niney won the César and Globe de Cristal Awards for Best Actor for his performance as the frail, shy and passionate French designer. Saint Laurent’s lifelong lover and business partner Pierre Bergé granted Lespert access to his extensive archives for this movie executed with splendid style and head-turning costume recreations. A decidedly human and charming portrayal, this film encapsulates Saint Laurent’s tortured personality and his rise, over more than a decade, in revolutionizing the Parisian fashion world.
9. McQueen (2018)
Nominated for Awards around the globe, this moving portrayal of visionary and celebrated British fashion designer Alexander McQueen uses a wealth of exclusive interviews and archival materials to retrace his extraordinary yet tragic life. A modern rags-to-riches tale, this personal look at McQueen’s brilliant career celebrates his unique and inspired style mixing the sensual and beautiful with the macabre and somber. Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui dive deep into McQueen’s tortured genius offering the viewer a never seen before strange and sensual documentary portrait, complete with mesmerizing visuals and music.
10. The Times of Bill Cunningham (2020)
Narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker and directed by Mark Bozek, The Times of Bill Cunningham documents the life and work of iconic and fanatical, street photographer and fashion historian Bill Cunningham. Told in Cunningham’s own words and drawn from a recently discovered 1994 interview, the photographer chronicles, in his customarily sprightly and candid manner, moonlighting as a milliner in France during the Korean War, his unique relationship with First Lady Jackie Kennedy, his four decades at The New York Times and his liberated view of fashion and society. The documentary features photographs from an extensive and illuminating archive of over 3 million previously unpublicized shots.
Listen here to the film’s director Mark Bozek in conversation with Bronwyn Cosgrave, fashion author and commentator, and host of the podcast, A Different Tweed – Fashion Conversations with Bronwyn Cosgrave.