Cinema haute couture: 20 films about fashion and style

The world of high fashion fascinates with elegant looks and bold original outfits. And behind the glossy beauty there are many broken destinies, insidious intrigues, rapid ascents, amorous passions and creative insights. We offer you a list of the best films about fashion and style that will reveal all the secrets of top models, legendary couturiers and luxury brands.

Phantom Thread (2017)

In the middle of the 20th century, the famous couturier created luxurious dresses for movie stars, socialites and royalty. A successful fashion designer falls in love with an ordinary restaurant waitress. Alma becomes a source of inspiration for the luminary of the fashion world, but the lovers have to overcome many obstacles and quarrels. The film won an Oscar for Best Costume Design.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Phantom Thread

Genre:
Drama, Romance

Actors:
Vicki Crips, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 7.5

Age Limits :
18+


Ready-to-wear love (2017)

A comedy film co-produced by Italy and Russia about models. The spoiled Italian major quarreled with his father and was left without money. Pretending to be gay, the guy gets a job at a fashion house. There, a young man meets a Muscovite who has flown in for an internship. Feelings flare up between a careless Italian and a Russian beauty, but because of mutual passion, deceit can be revealed.

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Olga Pogodina, Andrea Preti, Larisa Udovichenko, Giancarlo Giannini …

Country:
Russia, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
12+


Neon Demon (2016)

A young provincial comes to Los Angeles to make a career as a supermodel. At first, luck smiles at the debutante. The rising star hangs out at parties, makes useful contacts and shines at photo shoots. The rapid ascent arouses the envy of competitors who are as cruel as they are beautiful. The plot is inspired by the sinister story of the Hungarian Countess Elisabeth Bathory, who took baths from the blood of young virgins.

Original title:
The Neon Demon

Genre:
Horror, thriller

Actors:
Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone, Keanu Reeves…

Country:
USA, Belgium, Denmark, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Personal Shopper (2016)

A young American woman works as a personal assistant and purchases outfits for a socialite. In the house of her childhood, the girl receives signals from the other world – the deceased brother is trying to get in touch with the world of the living. One of the most interesting modern films of recent years about fashion and beauty, mystery and mysticism at the Cannes Film Festival received the award for best director.

Original title:
Personal Shopper

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Boisi…

Country:
France, Germany, Czech Republic, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Model (2016)

A young girl from the outback receives an invitation from a well-known modeling agency. In Paris, the beauty makes a dizzying career and starts a relationship with a successful photographer. The happy tale is interrupted when the cruel world of fashion turns its dark side to the rising star. The main role was the acting debut for a popular model who has worked with world famous brands.

Original title:
The Model

Genre:
Melodrama

Actors:
Maria Palm, Ed Skrein, Yvonnik Muller …

Country:
Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Revenge haute couture (2015)

A woman, accused many years ago of the death of a classmate, returns to her hometown to take care of her sick mother. The locals are cold and wary. Gradually, the heroine manages to win favor, because over the years of her life in Europe, the fugitive has become a skilled dressmaker. However, the woman not only wants to become her own again, but also to find out who is really to blame for that long-standing death. The lead actress for this film about a fashion designer specifically learned to sew to play the character authentically.

Original title:
The Dressmaker

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Saint Laurent. Style is me (2014)

A beautiful drama based on the biography of the great fashion designer. The business of Saint Laurent is flourishing, but success and wealth do not relieve despair and creative torment. The couturier is tirelessly looking for inspiration and the meaning of life in the trends of contemporary art, literature and at parties of Parisian bohemia. The film crew was forbidden to use the collections and documents of Saint Laurent – all the dresses and sketches the designers and tailors had to recreate on their own.

Original title:
Saint Laurent

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Gaspard Ulliel, Jeremy Renier, Louis Garrel, Lea Seydoux …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Fashion Stuff (2014)

A talented girl dreams of becoming a designer. Attempts to get a job in a fashion house are in vain. Everyone considers the heroine a spy , seeking to find out new sketches for her father, the owner of a chain of casual clothing stores. To get the coveted job, you have to go to the trick. The name of this hilarious and interesting film about fashion and designers is borrowed from the classic waltz by Charles Harris.

Original title:
After the Ball

Genre:
Comedy, Romance

Actors:
Portia Doubleday, Marc-Andre Grondin, Chris Noth…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.9

Age Limits :
12+


Paris at any cost (2013)

Young talented Maya is making a successful career as a designer in Paris. Due to an expired visa, a foreign woman is deported to her homeland – to Morocco. The family rather coldly meets the prodigal relative. The heroine does not find understanding in her native country and makes every possible effort to go to Paris again. For a triumphant return, it is necessary not only to realize a worthy idea for a fashion show, but also to find a way to get out of Morocco.

Original title:
Paris à tout prix

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Rem Kerisi, Cecil Cassel, Tarek Budali …

Country:
France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Yves Saint Laurent (2013)

Based on a true story, a film about the legendary fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. The young couturier replaces Christian Dior as the manager of several fashion houses, delights connoisseurs with stylish clothing collections and builds a whole fashion empire. Saint Laurent’s partner Pierre Bergé provided 77 clothes designed by the famous couturier for filming.

Original title:
Yves Saint Laurent

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, biography

Actors:
Pierre Nine, Guillaume Gallienne, Charlotte Le Bon …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
16+


House of Versace (2013)

After the murder of designer Gianni Versace, one of the relatives of the deceased should head the famous fashion house. The management of the company is taken over by the younger sister of the deceased fashion designer, the blonde Donatella. The woman has to save the world-famous brand from bankruptcy, and herself to recover from drug addiction . The script is based on a documentary novel by journalist Deborah Ball.

Original title:
House of Versace

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Gina Gershon, Enrico Colantoni, Colm Fior…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Business for Love (2010)

A young ambitious journalist gets an internship at the glossy magazine of her dreams. Acquaintance with a successful handsome businessman will put the girl in front of a difficult choice between love and career. Cosmopolitan magazine took part in the production of this fun foreign film about the modeling business, where the main character is trained according to the plot.

Original title:
Beauty & the Briefcase

Genre:
Melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Hilary Duff, Chris Carmack, Michael McMillian…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Desert Flower (2009)

A nomadic girl from Somalia is married at the age of 13. A young beauty runs away from her new family. The heroine will have to go through many hardships and trials, but her fortitude and dazzling appearance will help her make a successful career in the modeling business. Even becoming a real star, the girl will not forget about her past and will fight against the barbaric African traditions. The highly rated film is based on the true story of top model Waris Dirie.

Original title:
Desert Flower

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Leah Kebede, Sally Hawkins, Craig Parkinson …

Country:
UK, Germany, Austria, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Coco before Chanel (2009)

The biographical film about fashion, which received many enthusiastic reviews from the audience, tells about the formation of the great trendsetter. Young Gabriel works in a bar and tailoring clothes for local singers. The dressmaker’s bold design decisions open up new possibilities in fashion, and a meeting with a British businessman helps the Frenchwoman change her destiny.

Original title:
Coco avant Chanel

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:
Audrey Tautou, Benoit Pulvoord, Alessandro Nivola …

Country:
France, Belgium

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


Coco Chanel (2008)

Style icon Coco Chanel has come a long way in life. The girl from the orphanage, thanks to her remarkable talent and hard work, has become a true legend of high fashion. On the way to worldwide fame, the future style icon had to endure poverty, wars, cynical betrayals and toxic relationships. Only in adulthood, Coco Chanel will gain wealth and worldwide recognition.

Original title:
Coco Chanel

Genre:
Melodrama, biography, history

Actors:
Shirley MacLaine, Daria Baikalova, Barbora Bobulova …

Country:
Italy, France, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Gloss (2007)

A young provincial who dreams of becoming a supermodel comes to Moscow. Bright hopes are crumbling, and Galina has to be content with the work of a seamstress for a famous fashion designer. A daring attempt to get on the podium leads to dismissal, but the girl has a chance to become an elite bride for a very rich man. A Russian film about high fashion is worth watching for lovers of metropolitan glamor to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of social life in the mid-2000s.

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Julia Vysotskaya, Alexander Domogarov, Alexei Serebryakov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

An aspiring journalist gets a job as an assistant in a fashion magazine. The domineering and despotic editor harasses the girl with almost impossible tasks. The heroine tries to cope with all the assignments, because if you hold out in this unenviable position for a year, you can apply for the most prestigious job. The image of editor Miranda Priestley is based on Anna Wintour, who headed the glossy Vogue magazine.

Original title:
The Devil Wears Prada

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Simon Baker…

Country:
USA, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


I Seduced Andy Warhol (2006)

Outrageous artist Andy Warhol meets a charming socialite in a glam club. With the support of the cult representative of pop art, the girl quickly becomes a superstar. The relationship of a bohemian couple will be overshadowed by loud quarrels, love on the side and drug addiction. An extraordinary feature film about the world of designers, fashion designers and scandalous celebrity unions is based on the real love story of a popular artist and his muse.

Original title:
Factory Girl

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Love and Other Disasters (2005)

A light romantic comedy full of overt and covert references to the famous Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The assistant of the British representation of the fashion magazine Vogue is trying to arrange the privacy of her eccentric and extravagant friends. In the process, the girl herself falls in love with a work colleague, but at first she does not take the surging feelings seriously.

Original title:
Love and Other Disasters

Genre:
Drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:
Brittany Murphy, Matthew Reese, Catherine Tate …

Country:
France, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Fashion Mommy (2004)

After the death of her sister in a car accident, an assistant director at a prestigious modeling agency is forced to quit her job, move to a provincial town and raise three orphaned children. At first, the heroine, finding herself in unusual conditions, experiences melancholy and despondency, but gradually a new life is filled with happiness and harmony, and true love appears on the horizon.

Original title:
Raising Helen

Genre:
Drama, romance, comedy

Actors:
Kate Hudson, John Corbett, Joan Cusack …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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