While life has slowed down during the past year, movies are a coveted escape. Films are a window into another world, an exciting adventure that offers fresh inspiration or a different perspective. Some movies are dramatic, some humorous, and some, incredibly fashionable. When you’re looking to be inspired by visual splendor, there’s nothing more enjoyable than a film with excellent style. While there are endless movies that will sweep you away into sartorial bliss, these iconic fashion movies top our best dressed list.

Iconic Fashion Movies

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Emma (2020)

Before Anya Taylor-Joy rose to stratospheric fame in her role in The Queen’s Gambit, she played the outspoken Emma in the 2020 film of the same name. Director Autumn de Wilde’s retelling of one of Jane Austen’s most celebrated novels blends the lavishness of Regency-era England with a healthy dose of pastel costumery and scenery. From the elegant dresses worn by Emma to the grand estates used as filming locations, this film is every fashion lover’s fantasy.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)

While the costumes for Quentin Tarantino’s newest film are understated, they are nonetheless essential to bringing to life the story set in LA in 1969. The film follows an all-star cast as they celebrate the last days of the swinging ‘60s before everything changed. With the help of boho dresses, tie-dye shirts, and white go-go boots, this film succeeded in the wardrobe department. It’s also a good reminder of how influenced the fashions of today are by that fun-loving, colorful era.
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Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

To step into the world of Asia’s wealthiest families, you have to dress the part. This groundbreaking film did so by pulling out all the stops when it came to couture. While lots of big name designers are represented on screen, from Dior to Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen, characters also wore outfits designed by up-and-coming Asian designers to represent the local culture as well. A fashion moment we won’t soon forget is Constance Wu’s light blue Marchesa gown, which has since been donated to the American History Museum to become a part of history forever.

The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Wes Anderson films are known for their style, both cinematographically and in terms of costume design. One of his films had to make this list and while many fashion lovers would vote for The Royal Tenenbaums, we personally love The Grand Budapest Hotel. An absolute feast for the eyes, this film takes place at an extravagant pink hotel in Europe and stars Ralph Fiennes as the concierge. From the purple velvet hotel uniforms to the wigs and furs worn by eccentric guests, the fashion in this film won’t soon be forgotten.

Marie Antoinette (2006)

Sophia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette is nothing short of candy coated perfection, with costumes fit for a queen. The film, starring Kirsten Dunst won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design and it’s not hard to see why as you peer through Coppola’s rose colored lenses at the doomed history of France’s leading lady. The lavish gowns worn by Dunst and her court throughout the film are swoonworthy, but nothing can top the scene in which she browses through shoes, dresses, fans, and fabric while drinking endless coupes of champagne.
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Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

The opening scene of Breakfast At Tiffany’s is one of the most iconic beginnings of a film ever. We can’t help but get chills watching the inimitable Audrey Hepburn, dressed as Holly Golightly in her famous black dress with pearls and oversized sunglasses as she pauses to eat her breakfast at the window of Tiffany’s on 5th Avenue. While the tune of Henry Mancini’s “Moon River” fades into the distance, the fashion moments keep coming throughout the film. For example, who can forget Holly wearing an oversized button-down with teal eye-shade and tassel ear plugs? Or the hat with sash that she wears to visit Sally Tomato at Sing Sing? There are enough stand out ensembles in this film to keep you inspired for years to come.
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Rear Window (1954)

Like Audrey, Grace Kelly has been a style inspiration to many over the years with her timeless elegance and style. She was always dressed to the nines, on camera and off, continuing after she left the silver screen for the role of Princess of Monaco. The gorgeous summer ensembles she wears as fashion consultant Lisa Freemont in Hitchcock’s Rear Window are drop-dead gorgeous and definitely worth a mention on this list. Of course, with Edith Head as the costume designer for the film, that’s no surprise!   Main photo by Philippe Collard
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