8 Movies Fashion-Lovers Must See (Again)

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Costume design is one of those things that can really take a movie to the next level as far as its relevance and timelessness. Although there are countless movies that deserve a nod in the wardrobe department, I have pulled together eight of my personal favorites that are not only great films, but also great inspirations in my personal wardrobe. Seriously, a movie marathon may be in order …

1/ “Blow Up:” Killer ’60s fashion, Vanessa Redgrave and murder: Everything you need in a classic critically acclaimed film.

Photo courtesy of moviemail.com.

Photo courtesy of moviemail.com.


2/ “Unzipped:”
 Whether you love ’90s fashion or just want a sneak peek into the world when fashion designers themselves had full creative control, “Unzipped” is a look behind the scenes of fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi’s legendary Fall 1994 runway show. Plus, there is a scene where Mizrahi sits down with Eartha Kitt that is pure gold.

Photo courtesy of Sundance Film.

Photo courtesy of Sundance Film.


3/ “Poetic Justice:”
Janet Jackson is an obvious fashion icon, but in my opinion, her best look is the streetwear-rocking artistic poet that she played in “Poetic Justice.” Regina King gets props too as the ultimately stylish BFF.

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4/ “Jawbreaker:”
 Obviously, this cult classic was seen by nearly every teenage girl and resulted in a well-deserved late-90s obsession with Rose McGowan. Watching it again 15 years later, the fashion still resonates and will have you desperately channeling your inner bad bitch before you even say “Fern Mayo.”

Photo via pinterest.

Photo via pinterest.


5/ “The Fighter:”
Sure, this may be considered more of a masculine-oriented flick, but the real highlight of this rough-and-tumble award-winner is the fashion—most specifically worn by by Dickey’s mom, Alice Ward. For a true testament to the skills of the costume designers, be sure to also watch “High on Crack Street: Lost Lives in Lowell,” the 1995 documentary that showcases the real lives of three addicts, including fighter Dickey and your new fashion icon, Brenda. Trust me.

Photo courtesy of iMDB.

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6/ “Belly:”
Not only is Belly a great testament to fashion, but the overall art direction makes this a visual stunner that’s one of my favorites from director Hype Williams. Also, Nas and T-Boz can never do us wrong.

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7/ “Mannequin:”
Before her fabulousness graced “Sex & the City”, Kim Cattrall was a live mannequin of Andrew McCarthey’s fantasies—and her wardrobe was definitely the fantasy of ’80s-loving fashionistas everywhere.

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Film still


8/ “200 Cigarettes:”
One of my all-time favorite movies, “200 Cigarettes” has both a killer cast and a killer wardrobe, making NYE 1984 seem like pretty much the coolest ever. From a very Courtney Love, Courtney Love (slip dress, faux fur, curly hair) to a very punk rock Casey Affleck (leather, silk button-up, crazy hair), every styling decision made in this movie is completely flawless. New Year’s Eve party theme idea, perhaps?

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Film still

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