Top 10 greatest must-see fashion films for every style enthusiast

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Film star, Audrey Hepburn as she appeared in 'Funny Face', directed by Stanley Donen. Costumes by Givenchy. (Photo by Bud Fraker/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)
Film star, Audrey Hepburn as she appeared in 'Funny Face', directed by Stanley Donen. Costumes by Givenchy. (Photo by Bud Fraker/John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)

Here we count down the top ten movies about the fashion industry. For this list, we look at films that take models, magazines and moguls as their subjects.

10. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

The New York Times' acclaimed style photographer and columnist is the subject of this documentary. Bill Cunningham says in the film, "A lot of people have taste but they don't have the daring to be creative. Here we are in an age of the cookie-cutter sameness. There are few that are rarities."

While a slew if industry experts appear to discuss his legacy, the film is focused on Bill's single-minded passion for clothing regardless of who is wearing it. It's not only a decade-spanning educational experience for fashion devotees but also a timeless portrait of an artist who has simply perfected his craft.  

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9. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013)

This documentary focuses on the history of Bergdorf Goodman, the legendary luxury store in mid-town Manhattan. The film looks at multiple points of view of the New York City fashion institution, including those of celebrity clients, employees and designers who have vied for a spot in the store. 

Featuring engaging interviews about how a storefront became a cultural landmark, the film exposes the unseen labour that has powered Bergdorf's reputation.

8. The Blow Up (1996)

Set in the mod subculture of 1960s London, this mystery thriller focuses on a disturbing discovery made by fashion photographer, Thomas. For highlighting its hero's iconic style, Blow up has earned a reputation as a counter-cultural masterpiece. 

7. The September Issue (2009)

This documentary chronicles the turbulent production of Vogue magazine's most important and longest monthly release in 2007. With editor-in-chief Anna Wintour exerting an iron grip on the publication's design and execution, tensions sometimes run high behind the scenes. The film is equal parts profile and exposé. Although its focus is fashion, its exploration of power, control and infamy is universal.

6. Coco Before Chanel (2009) 

This French biopic chronicles the rise of the iconic designer and fashion house founder. Beginning with her lesser-known childhood in an orphanage, the film follows her career as a singer in a musical and the big break she got thanks to a wealthy lover. What begins as a side job sewing dresses quickly turns into a lucrative hat business as Chanel navigates romance and develops her craft.

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5. Funny Face (1957)

Film greats Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire star co-star in this musical romantic comedy about the makings of an unlikely fashion ingenuous. Despite being a real-life star and icon, Audrey Hepburn nails her role as fashion-averse intellectual - and, naturally, looks great while doing it. 

4. Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

This French biographical drama takes a look at the height of the legendary couturier from the late 50s through to the 70s.

3. Ready To Wear (Prêt-à-Porter) (1994)

This satirical comedy-drama roughly imagines the goings-on at a particularly dramatic Paris Fashion Week. With a sprawling ensemble cast of 31 characters and countless recognisable faces, there's a plotline for every viewer out there and then some. 

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2. Dior and I (2014)

This French documentary follows Raf Simons' first collection as creative director at Dior. 

1. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Despite editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly subjecting her to near-impossible tests, Andy manages to impress but at the cost of her closest relationships. 

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