Cosmo SL’s List of The Top 10 Feel-Good Fashion Movies
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Cosmo SL’s List of The Top 10 Feel-Good Fashion Movies

This could potentially turn you into a style icon.


There are a billion fashion movies that will make you want to dress up or go on a shopping spree immediately. Out of the stylish bunch of movies, you’ll find ones that will let you celebrate fashion with some humour and drama; those are the ones to treasure during these difficult times. Here’s Cosmo SL’s list of the top 10 feel-good fashion movies.


The Devil Wear’s Prada, 2006

This is based on Lauren Weisberger‘s 2003 novel that’s believed to be the story of Anna Wintour’s former personal assistant. The biggest winning point for the movie is the adaptation of the book through the surreal cast that includes Meryl Steep, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt. You know a movie is brilliant when you can’t resist using its dialogues in your day-to-day life. In the case of this movie, there are many signature lines, like when your friend wears a great pair of boots, TDWP fans will respond with: “Are you wearing… the Chanel boots?”. PS: Even if you’ve watched this movie, it’s always worth a rewatch.


Funny Face, 1957

This romantic classic by Audrey Hepburn is a fashion show of its own. The fantasy of the shop girl caught to fame is supported by the movie’s feel for the mechanics and the personalities, of the fashion world. While Hepburn glows in Givenchy’s silk gown at the end of a Paris catwalk, Funny Face reminds us of the tirelessly working behind-the-scenes crew. The fashion musical includes the title songs, S’wonderful, How Long Has This Been Going On and He Loves and She Loves. Among those is Kay Thompson’s dynamic opener Think Pink.

Confessions Of  A Shopaholic, 2009

The story surrounds a young woman, starred by Isla Fisher, with a relatable flaw — her character, Rebecca Bloomwood, relishes in retail therapy, but as a result, she’s fallen into a debt crisis. While her addiction may have seemed like a cute romantic comedy character trait, it’s a  warning to us all. The prominent part of the plot is when Rebecca manages to land a writing position at a finance magazine, a subject she knows nothing about. The movie gets hilarious by giving out a close insight into the irresponsible spending culture.  And, as some of you’d imagine, the clothes are colourful and high fashion.

Clueless, 1995

 This ‘90s cult movie by Amy Heckerling’s is centered around Cher Horowitz, a rich and beautiful high school student who befriends a new student named Tai Frasier and decides to give her a makeover. It’s safe to say that this flick has made a long-lasting impact in fashion. The movie took inspiration from the ‘60s and ‘70s (sweater sets and plaid minis) and collections from Jean Paul Gaultier and Azzedine Alaïa (“like, a totally important designer”) to show what nineties fashion could be. And then, lo and behold, two decades later, even now we resonate quite well with the preppy Clueless outfit. Major designers like Alexander Wang look up to this movie as their biggest fashion muse.

The Intern, 2015

The American-comedy was written, directed, and produced by Nancy Meyers with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway in leading roles. You might not be thinking of becoming a CEO of a fashion company, but this film will make you want to be one. Jules Austin (Anne Hathaway) is a businesswoman with a fast-growing empire, however, when Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) joins her team, matters take a turn for the better. Jules’ on-the-go effortless style is an inspiration made in heaven for those leading an extremely busy life. Not just that, Ben makes a statement about men dressing up to impress, which is a feminist move that highlights the importance of style for both the genders.

Almost Famous, 2000

The costume designer, Betsy Heimann is behind some of your favorite cinematic fashion moments. One of her most beloved features is Almost Famous (2000), a semi-autobiographical film by director Cameron Crowe that follows the story of teenage wannabe journalist William (Patrick Fugit) on the road with a rock group led by the mysterious Penny Lane (Kate Hudson). The film took the viewers back into the 1970s with its flared jeans, faded band t-shirts and suede jackets. Such attention to detail was largely down to the fact that Heimann designed every single thing in that movie except the blue jeans. Penny Lane had a coat and this was her armour. She may have been feeling like the world was tearing apart, but the moment she wore this, she finds a certain strength. That’s how connected the wardrobe was to the plot.

The Dressmaker, 2015

Directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, the movie surrounds a classy woman, who returns to her town in rural Australia after working as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses. Using her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women there and keeps herself busy by taking sweet revenge on those who failed her. Set in the 1950s, the movie brings out the best in style from that era, and Oscar-nominated actress, Kate Winslet added character to all the costumes she wore like the sailor-suit style, striking mustard coat and black travelling coat.

Ocean’s 8, 2018

A blockbuster fashion film starring an all-female cast with Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna all-star, alongside Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter in the caper. The story follows the powerful girl squad attempt to swipe a $150 million Cartier necklace from the Costume Institute’s annual Met Gala. The wardrobe is fashion-forward, and the movie’s costumer designer, Sarah Edwards was among the nominees for Excellence in Contemporary Film at the 21st Costume Designers Guild Awards. And, during the Met Gala-turned-crime scene, the actors were decked out in Givenchy, Alberta Ferretti, Zac Posen, Valentino, Burberry and Prada, to name a few.


27 Dresses, 2008

This is the story of a woman who, after serving as a bridesmaid 27 times with no wedding of her own, wrestles with the idea of standing by her sister’s side as her sibling marries the man she’s secretly in love with. Costume designer, Catherine Marie Thomas had to find 27 unique bridesmaid dresses for the film’s star, Katherine Heigl, who plays Jane, a perennial bridal attendant whose own happy ending seems nowhere in sight. Thomas and her team of designers scanned books, thrift stores, eBay and catalogs, and listened to dozens of bridesmaid horror stories to draw inspiration. In the end, the crew did find 27 ugly dresses as needed. You may ask why, ugly, but that’s something only those who watch this movie will understand!

Zoolander, 2001

This list would be incomplete without this dull-witted comedy directed by Ben Stiller and starring Stiller, Owen Wilson, and Will Ferrell. Derek Zoolander is a three-time male model of the year, whose brainpower never quite caught up to his good looks. After losing his title to up-and-coming model Hansel, played by Owen Wilson, and the death of three of his model friends in a fighting accident, he goes on a quest to find his purpose in life. The styling in the movie is the right inspiration for hippie-chic and flashy-glamour. The film’s wardrobe was filled with high-end designers like Saint Laurent, Valentino, Vintage McQueen, Gucci and, of course, M, Mugatu.

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