Fashionable Films: The Top 25

For Vanity Fair Magazine’s September issue– also known as the “Style Issue”– the magazine decided to list 25 of the most stylish films in American cinema. While not all of these films are amazing in every aspect nor are all considered classics, all of these films do have beautiful styling and costumes.

  • American Gigolo (1980)
  • Annie Hall (1977)
  • Another Country (1984)
  • The Awful Truth (1937)
  • Belle de Jour (1967)
  • The Best of Everything (1959)
  • Blow-Up (1966)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
  • Flashdance (1983)
  • Funny Face (1957)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • The Great Gatsby (1974)
  • A Handful of Dust (1988)
  • La Dolce Vita (1960)
  • Last Year at Marienbad (1961)
  • Morocco (1930)
  • North by Northwest (1959)
  • The Philadelphia Story (1940)
  • Rear Window (1954)
  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  • Sabrina (1954)
  • The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
  • Wall Street (1987)
  • Withnail and I (1987)

Personally, I think American Gigolo, Annie Hall, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and The Godfather are the most fashionable films on the list. But, in the case of Gigolo and Tiffany’s, these films had an advantage in that they were developed at a time when high designers worked with film studios in order to show their collections to the masses– Gigolo was styled by Giorgio Armani (who now clothes Bruce Wayne in the the Nolan Dark Knight Trilogyand Tiffany’s was styled by Hubert Givenchy, who was Audrey Hepburn’s (the star of the film) close friend and the company is one of the leading Parisian fashion houses for couture. While I do agree with most of these choices, there are some that I think are better choices. What about The Innocents– if Gatsby was accepted, even as a period drama, why not The Innocents? Or what about the classic film Casablanca or even Gone with The Wind (oh, Scarlet, how I admire the curtains dress you made)? Or what about more modern films like Batman Begins, Scarface, Marie Antoinette, and Chicago?

What do you think? Are there any films that you think should be on this list that are not?

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