Best Fashion Movies For Fashionistas

By Alexia Gonzalez on April 14, 2015

For many of us 21st century fashionistas, a job in the fashion industry is the ultimate achievement when it comes to future career goals.

Any gal who wishes to pursue a fashion related career knows that the sartorial world requires a very thick skin and resilient attitude.

The demand and competitiveness in this industry is constant, and there is always another equally qualified candidate waiting for her same “big break” right behind you.

For many a fashion working girl, your professional entrance into this world will inevitably start at the bottom of the food chain. Consider yourself lucky to garner a mail-room internship for an internationally renowned brand or agency.

You must learn never to take rejection personally and to be able to adapt to continuous change. In this fast paced lifestyle, opportunities are come and go, therefore you must be willing to sacrifice certain commodities and even relationships to keep up with the requirements of a fashion profession.

In order to truly understand all that is involved in this type of career, first hand experience will be your best teacher.

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However, since this is not yet entirely possible for many of us college students who are not yet capable of dropping everything and moving to New York City, a great way to gain a glimpse of the highs and lows of fashionable ambitions can be through film.

Movies allow us to view a different and sometimes unattainable reality and can serve to educate us on subjects that can be difficult to encounter in real life.

Now I’m not advising you to learn about handling friendships from watching “Mean Girls,” I’m just saying that certain films can provide perspective on a subject that you may not have achieved on your own.

Especially in the case of a profession in the fashion world, an honest movie can provide a much needed reality check or provide a view from the outside in.

Ladies, if you have ambitions of someday making it big in this industry, I suggest that you take some lounge time to watch one of these great fashion-based films.

The Devil Wears Prada

Not only does Anne Hathaway’s character Andy Sachs land a dream job working right under the editor for a luxury fashion magazine, every single one of her work outfits is incredibly chic and on point.

The best part about this movie is that it brings us a realistic view of what it’s really like to be a part of the fast paced fashion industry and how it is inevitable to start off at the bottom ranks.

Andy is a young girl trying to make her way into the world of journalism and unsuspectingly gets trapped by the glitz and glamour of the fashion industry by taking what she intended to be a temporary job.

She perseveres and advances within the magazine until she finally decides that she needs to relinquish her fashion job, which although successful, causes her to sacrifice her love for writing and even her most important personal relationships.

Although she moves on to another publication, her time in the fashion world provided her with a newfound sense of confidence.

Unzipped

Starring iconic ’90s supers such as Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista, “Unzipped” offers a behind-the-scenes look into the fashion world through the planning and execution of Isaac Mizrahi’s Fall 1994 collection.

The drama-filled film was the start of Mizrahi’s high-profile, on-camera career, which is his main focus since his high-end line Isaac Mizrahi shuttered in 1997. Entirely innovative at the time, Mizrahi’s “Unzipped” began a trend of fashion documentaries and reality shows.

Sex And The City

The timelessly beloved fashion obsessed sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw finally makes it to the big screen in the 2008 film adaptation of the “Sex and the City” television series.

Although Carrie doesn’t necessarily work in the fashion industry, her glam savvy articles and ultra chic wardrobe render her a prominent figure in the NYC fashion scene.

Carrie’s highly anticipated marriage to Mr. Big snags her a cover shoot with Vogue Magazine, in which she models some of the most exquisite wedding gowns known to man – she is even gifted her legendary wedding dress directly by designer Vivienne Westwood.

Although Carrie’s marriage falls to pieces before it even begins, she gets right back up on her Manolo Blahnik’s and continues to carve out her place as a distinguished literary figure.

Carrie is a resilient female figure who can serve to empower any girl in the midst of a personal or professional dilemma. Not to mention, her stunning wardrobe (along with Charlotte’s, Miranda’s, and Samantha’s) was assembled by legendary fashion designer Patricia Field, who was also the stylist for all of the SATC series.

Scatter My Ashes at Berdorf’s

It’s clear that top fashion designers aspire to a presence at Bergdorf Goodman, the high-end Manhattan department store, given the numbingly relentless litany of encomiums in Matthew Miele’s documentary “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s.”

In this glossy, fawning valentine to conspicuous consumption (the title derives from a Victoria Roberts cartoon in The New Yorker), the stars — Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani, the Olsen twins, Marc Jacobs, Manolo Blahnik, Michael Kors and others — dutifully pay tribute.

This behind-the-scenes glimpse at New York’s iconic department store features an endless list of fashion personalities and reveals Bergdorf Goodman’s legacy, as well as a few hidden gems. This documentary provides fashion fans with a fascinating look at one of Fifth Avenue’s chicest shopping destinations.

Currently seeking a Master's Degree in Media and Communication Studies with a Certification in Multicultural Marketing. Also an undergraduate Public Speaking Instructor at Florida State University. Along with media studies and marketing, I have extensive experience in journalism, writing for outlets such as the Huffington Post and USA Today. Lover of food, fitness, travel, music, and film. 23 years old and bilingual.

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