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Kulala P.C Club: The 10 Films Every Fashion Girl Should Watch

How many have you seen?
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Fashion week is officially here. I repeat, fashion week is officially here! Are you ready for all the runway-related things that are about to hit your social media feeds? To get you prepped and ready for the flood that is to come, take a breather, kick back and relax with one – or all – of these quintessential fashion films. Some are industry related, others are just damn pretty to look at. Whether you’re an industry insider, a budding fashion journalist or someone who just needs some R&R time this dreary Wednesday, we’ve got plenty of options for you. Go ahead and stream it at your desk, we promise we won’t tell.


1. Dior & I (2014)
A behind-the-scenes look at the intense eight weeks leading up to Raf Simons’ first collection for Dior, arguably one of his best in his three-year stint with the French house. Beautifully directed, Dior & I draws parallels to Christian Dior’s first collection through narrated dialogue and original imagery. Look out for the scene where Dior’s staff discuss about being visited by Monsieur Dior – or “Cri Cri” – in the dead of the night.

 

2. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
Love street style? Then learn about the legendary and all-important photographer who was there right from the beginning. This documentary follows the late Bill Cunningham and his career with his longtime employer, The New York Times. Punctuated with interviews from friends and some of his favourite subjects, Bill Cunningham New York also gives glimpses into the more personal aspects of Cunningham’s life.

 

3. Clueless (1995)
Before Mean Girls, there was Clueless. What does Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), a high-schooler from Beverly Hills, have in relation to the fashion industry, you ask? We’re not quite sure, but fashion loves referencing the coming-of-age classic. Apart from the costumes – that yellow tartan number, for example – Cher also name-drops numerous designers, from Calvin Klein to Alaïa. (I’ll admit, I first learned how to pronounce “Alaïa” from Cher.)

 

4. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011)
Detailing the life of Diana Vreeland, widely regarded as one of fashion’s greatest editors, The Eye Has To Travel takes you through pivotal moments in fashion history and illustrates how the former editor at Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar played a part in them, from the rise of the unconventional model to the “Youthquake” of the 1960s.

 

5. The September Issue (2009)
A behind-the-scenes look at Vogue’s most important issue of the year. Need we say more? If you want to do some homework before embarking on your first fashion internship, add this to your to-do list.

 

6. In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye (2012)
Another Vogue-centric documentary, The Editor’s Eye focuses on editors past and present and the process involved in the conceptualisation of the magazine’s most iconic images.

 

7. Marie Antoinette (2006)
Oh, the colours, the costumes, the music! Every scene of this Sofia Coppola-directed film has so much to look at. It also inspired this iconic Vogue editorial by Annie Leibovitz, also starring Kirsten Dunst. If you’re a history purist though, you may want to skip this because of its anachronistic dialogue and music.

 

8. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
While there are a lot of things that it gets wrong, The Devil Wears Prada is usually the first point of reference when it comes to depictions of the industry in mainstream media. Follow aspiring journalist Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) as she navigates the world of high fashion and the outrageous demands of Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep), the “most important woman” in fashion.

 

9. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
We’ve already established that Wes Anderson is one of the most stylish directors around and The Royal Tenenbaums is one of his best works, aesthetically-speaking. Numerous designers have consciously or unconsciously referenced the film’s costume design, whether it is Margot Tenenbaum’s (Gwyneth Paltrow) thick fur coats and polo dresses or Chas Tenenbaum’s (Ben Stiler) red Adidas track suit (which is so hot right now, by the way).

 

10. Zoolander (2001)
Really? Yes, really. Zoolander may quite literally be a joke, but it pokes serious fun at the fashion industry. Plus, Derek Zoolander (Ben Stiller) is totally high fashion. After all, not everyone gets asked to close a Valentino show. He legit.

 

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