Fashion in times of Corona

Whoever said ‘2020 is going to be a year to remember!’ probably didn’t have a global quarantine in mind. But, alas, we’re grounded by our government until further notice.

These are trying times, but we should make the best of it. When else do you have all the time in the world to watch all the movies you wanted to watch, read all the books you wanted to read, or finally clean out your closet/basement/garage?

If you’re still not bored enough to start cleaning, here’s the best fashion movies and documentaries to watch while socially distancing:

 

Movies:

The Devil Wears Prada

Named the fashion movie by Harpers Bazaar, your to-watch list is not complete without this movie. Nerdy aspiring journalist Andy (Anna Hathaway) takes a job at fashion magazine Runway, becoming the junior personal assistant for editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep). Priestly would qualify for Horrible Boss of the Year, but Andy hangs in there in hopes of improving her resume with the Runway experience. While trying to fit in and meeting Priestley’s insane demands, she loses sight of what’s really important: her boyfriend and friends.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZOZwUQKu3E

 

Sex and the City

Need I say more?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSv8r1O2SyY

 

Atomic Blonde

Not about fashion, but very fashionable: Atomic Blonde. One of my favorites, and not only because of the story line. MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is sent to East-Berlin at the end of the cold war. She’s a killer spy with a killer wardrobe. Her style is very 80’s, with lots of vintage Dior, Burberry, and Margiela. A must-watch for every fashionista out there that likes a heroine that can kick ass and look on fleek while doing so.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aieQrj9Yy8s

 

A Simple Favor

While the movie is not per se all that good in my opinion, Blake Lively’s outfits completely make up for that. Blake plays Emily Nelson, who befriends Stephanie Smothers (Anna Kendrick), as their sons share playdates. Emily then goes missing, and Stephanie does all she can to solve her disappearance.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAqMlh0b2HU

 

Almost Famous

If you’re in the mood for some amazing 70’s fashion and some rock ‘n roll, Almost Famous is for you!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQXh_AaJXaM

 

Clueless

Not that you need an excuse to watch this movie again, but all the splendid 90’s fashion makes this a must-see!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS0KyTZ3Ie4

 

The Great Gatsby

If you’re a fan of the roaring 20’s, The Great Gatsby will make your fashion hear beat much faster! And of coursethere’s Leo Dicaprio, also a sight for sore eyes 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rARN6agiW7o

 

Coco before Chanel

The movie focuses on the life of Coco Chanel, before she was Coco Chanel. A must-see for every fashionista!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isEnyrd2Moc&t=23s

 

Documentaries:

Mademoissele C.

The documentary follows former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld, as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine. This screams fashion!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG4XrqGJUcM&t=33s

 

Valentino: The Last Emperor

This follows the life of one of the world’s most famous fashion designers: Valentino Garavani. It tells the story of his life and analyses his influence on the world of fashion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGJJRPWqvzM&t=43s

 

The September Issue

This documentary gives a rare insight in what goes into making the September issue of Vogue Magazine. The film features many notable fashion icons, such as Anna Wintour, Oscar de la Renta, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vera Wang, Sienna Miller, Karl Lagerfeld, and Chanel Iman.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f8u9T_21AM

 

Documentaries about sustainable fashion:

The True Cost

This Netflix documentary makes you change your shopping habits. It investigates what the real price of fast and cheap fashion is, and, more importantly, who pays for it. It shows the devastating effect of fast fashion on the environment, humans, and society. Must-see!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDx711ibD1M

 

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Not just about fashion, but a more general documentary about materialism. It shows the enormous impact of buying consumer goods on the environment. The makers show how a minimalist lifestyle is not only better for the planet, but also for your mental health. It teaches you to consume less and appreciate what you already have.

 

Earthlings

This documentary is not for the faint of heart. With lots of intense images, this documentary tells the story of the animals we use for wool, leather, and fur. Ellen Degeneres apparently became vegan after watching this. You can watch it for free here: http://www.nationearth.com/

 

I’m curious what your favorite fashion movie and/or documentary is! Leave a note in the comments!

Stay safe everyone!


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