The Demur Films Every Fashionista Should See

As you may have noticed we are definitely in the winter season right now. The cold nights on the sofa are always made perfect with a warm drink and an enchanting movie to watch. We have compiled a list of films every fashionista should see.

The Intern
Starting a new job can be a difficult challenge as it is, even more so if you’re already retired. Looking to get back into the game, 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker played by Robert De Niro, seizes the opportunity to become a senior intern at an online fashion site. He becomes popular with his colleagues, but his charm and wisdom help him to develop a special relationship with Boss Jules, played by Anne Hathaway.

Why Every Fashionista Should See This:
This is a film that explores and reveals the reality of the fashion industry, where it’s challenging for all age groups no matter what experience you may have. It also focuses on how fast paced the industry is and the strain a job in the industry can have on personal relationships.

The September Issue
Anna Wintour, the legendary Editor-in-Chief of Vogue magazine for twenty years, is considered by many to be the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob and sunglasses, she has never allowed anyone to scrutinize the inner workings of her magazine. Until now. As the audience we are taken inside a world we only think we know by filmmaker R.J. Cutler’s with unprecedented access. The 2007 September issue was and still remains the biggest ever, weighing over four pounds, selling thirteen million copies, and impacting the $300-billion global fashion industry more than any other single publication.

Why Every Fashionista Should See This:
A little more like a documentary, I will admit but we see a close-up of the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever-changing fashion field. Learning more about the industry itself, especially from the top end magazine can help you fashionistas with some industry tips.

The Dressmaker
The Dressmaker is a 2015 Australian revenge comedy-drama written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse. Starring Kate Winslet as a femme fatale in the titular role of the dressmaker, her character Tilly returns to her small Australian town to take care of her mentally unstable mother. The film explores the themes of revenge and creativity and was described by Moorhouse as ‘Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven with a sewing machine.’

Why Every Fashionista Should See This:
As heart wrenching and hilarious as it is, the movie has a unique plot line. The way in which Tilly creates the dresses for the various individual characters, including the shy police officer who secretly is a crossdresser is exciting and endearing. The promotion of this is so positive and enlightening that everyone buys her dresses. If you need any marketing pointers, you can learn a thing or two from Tilly.

Fashion Blogger Hazel Wood said her favourite film was the comedic drama featuring poor Anne Hathaway, who has to experience the brutal reality of fashion and her very demanding boss played by Meryl Streep, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. Hazel says she likes this movie because it shows a different side to the fashion industry.

Sustainable Fashion Blogger, Katie Roberts, expressed ‘My favourite fashion film is actually ‘Confessions Of A Shopaholic’. From a sustainability point of view, this film can be referenced over and over. It shows the impact that advertising and marketing can have on our psyche, and flow that over-consumption can have on our lives, livelihoods and relationships. The best bit about this film is that it’s educational and funny and most of us can relate to Ms. Bloomwood on some level.’

Sarah Garrett-Hodoniczky of Sustainable Fashion, an online eco-boutique says ‘My favourite movie has to be ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon’. I love the movement in it, the flowing fabrics and how they slowed things down and focused on those aspects. The use of colour is so moving too, in fact, I love everything about this movie and have watched it over and over.’

My personal favourite film based on the intricate costume design has to be the glitz and glamour of ‘The Great Gatsby’, not only does it make you want to get back to the twinkling 1920’s and dance but to dress up in jewelled headpieces and glamorous gowns. And who could miss a film that stars Leonardo Di Caprio?

By Emily Bone 

See more in our ‘December 2017 – Friends’ issue