Often the best fashion inspiration doesn’t come from magazines or blogs, but from watching a movie. Sometimes it’s very concrete, and the look can have an impact on what designers are doing and the way people on the street are dressing. Sometimes it’s more a feeling or a way of styling the clothes. Here are some of the best and most inspiring fashion films ever made, in no particular order.
Diane Keaton's masculine clothes (she borrowed Ralph Lauren clothes from Woody Allen’s wardrobe) are still one of the strongest unisex looks of all time.
The movie about the two gangsters, starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, launched an alternative to the hippie clothes of the time. Incredibly stylish in every shot, Faye Dunaway showed that beret and pencil skirts always look great.
Richard Gere’s wardrobe came from Giorgio Armani and the style marked a new direction in menswear. More suave, more relaxed.
While Mad Men might have been the most talked about early 60s depiction, Tom Ford’s A Single Man is the most idealised. The designer-turned-director took all his fashion knowledge and made the 60s into the most delicious of all decades.
The documentary about two relatives of Jackie Kennedy is often referenced on the catwalk. The Beales live at Grey Gardens in the Hamptons in a sort of lost world. But it’s the irreverent use of fashion and clothes, turning sweaters into turbans or skirts that has thrilled the fashion world.
Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly is probably one of the most iconic looks of the 20th century – little black dress and pearl necklace. It’s chic done perfectly.
If you only watch one movie set in the 18th-century for fashion inspiration, watch this one. Supermodel Marisa Berenson stars.
The first movie about Carrie and the girls is impossible to overlook here. Filled with haute couture wedding dresses, New York style and high heel shoes, it captures an era.
Alicia Silverstone plays Cher in this funny comedy. She has an app where she can style herself, long before the iPhone was invented, and her style is all checks and tartan meets knee-high schoolgirl socks.
Madonna created a style all her own during the 80s and in the movie Desperately Seeking Susan, she turned it into a hit movie.