Top 5 Movies About the Fashion Industry

Fashion takes center stage in many Hollywood films thanks to celebrities sporting cutting-edge looks and trends. However, some movies go the next step and directly or indirectly call attention to the fashion industry. These five films do the latter, with plenty of humor (and more than a little real life) thrown in.

5 “Unzipped”

Long before movies about the fashion industry were en vogue, Douglas Keeve directed the documentary “Unzipped” (1995). This film highlighted the work of popular designer Isaac Mizrahi as he planned his 1994 fall collection. Real-life supermodels including Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, and Naomi Campbell are all featured in a film that is both humorous and an education in high fashion at the height of the supermodel era.

4 “Confessions of a Shopaholic”

Ironically, Isla Fisher’s character Rebecca Bloomwood, in the 2009 P.J. Hogan-directed film “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” takes the opposite path as Hathaway’s character in “Prada.” Bloomwood is a shopping addict with burgeoning debt and an aspiring fashion industry executive who lands in a financial journalist job. This charming film, driven much by Fisher’s adorable personality, centers on Bloomwood’s coming to grips with her fashion addition, with support from the new man in her life.

3 “Zoolander”

Fashion can be fun, as proven by the quirky 2001 comedy film “Zoolander,” which starred friends Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller as unconventional (and unaware) male fashion models competing for top billing against young up-and-comers. The movie subtly pokes fun at common facets of the fashion culture as driven by Stiller’s distinctly funny writing.

2 “The September Issue”

What “The Devil Wears Prada” did for fashion in fiction, 2009’s “The September Issue,” directed by R.J. Cutler, spawned from real life. Piggybacking on the success and popularity of “Prada,” this documentary film centered around prominent fashion editor Anna Wintour and the staff of “Vogue” magazine as they prepared for the massive September edition of the fashion bible.

1 “The Devil Wears Prada”

No movie brought more attention to the highs and lows of working in the fashion industry than the 2006 David Frankel–directed drama “The Devil Wears Prada.” Meryl Streep gave her usual strong performance as taskmaster and fashion icon Miranda Priestly. This film also made Anne Hathaway a household name as her character went from wanting to be a journalist to navigating the treacherous waters of a fashion magazine. Emily Blunt and Stanley Tucci rounded out a stellar cast.

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