From comedies desecrating the catwalks to thrillers investigating the dark side of modeling life, from the iconic stories of legends such as Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent to bittersweet films that play on the stereotypes of the fashion universe. The world of fashion is often told in cinema in different tones to suit all tastes.
The link between cinema and fashion is strong and deep-rooted. Both because cinema loves to tell the story of the fashion world, with its lights and shadows, and because more and more world-renowned designers lend their art behind the scenes of the big screen. Moreover, it is undeniable that fashion professionals at high levels are considered real stars. In the endless list of films that have focused on the fashion world, there are some that represent true masterpieces and must be seen at least once in a lifetime. Here are five, selected to satisfy all tastes, from drama to comedy, documentary to fantasy.
The Devil Wears Prada
Produced in 2006 by Disney, The Devil Wears Prada is one of the most successful films among those about fashion. The reasons are many. The light-hearted but well-woven story is watchable from the first minute to the last; the actors, above all the outstanding Meryl Streep, are perfectly cast in their roles; and the setting, centered in New York City, provides fascinating glimpses. The result is an enjoyable and successful comedy that credibly reveals the dark side of fashion journalism.
Speaking of fashion films that have been box office smashes, one cannot fail to mention the following Zoolander, the comedy film that established the brilliance of Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, in their fourth work as a couple. The plot is a succession of improbable gags and situations, all hinging around the iconic character of Derek Zoolander, an unlikely world-famous model who is vain and not particularly smart. Lots of laughs are had from the first minute to the last.
House of Gucci
Event film of 2021, House of Gucci is the film adaptation of the life and violent death of Maurizio Gucci, played by Adam Driver. The real protagonist of the story, however, is Patrizia Reggiani, Maurizio Gucci's ambitious wife, in whose shoes Lady Gaga is excellently cast. It is her eclectic and ambiguous personality that holds up the whole plot. The film is an opportunity to learn about the rise and crisis of one of the most iconic brands in the history of world fashion.
Yves Saint Laurent
Of films dedicated to fashion icons there are also many others. It undoubtedly deserves to be mentioned Yves Saint Laurent, which celebrates the French fashion designer of the same name. An eclectic and controversial personality who spanned more than 50 years of style history with his cumbersome figure. A genius who was able to build an empire and who appears on the big screen in all his complexity.
The neon demon
From the lives of great designers to those of models, another key component of the fashion universe. The neon demon is a well-written and well-made film that moves between thriller and horror, unscrupulously investigating behind-the-scenes fashion shows. At the center of the plot is the professional trajectory of Jesse, a girl who dreams of being a star and is willing to do anything to achieve her goal.