The Films Every Fashion Fanatic Needs to See


It's hot out there. Stay in, order pizza, blast your AC, and enjoy a few of the most fashionable films ever made.

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The '50s

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

If you've ever seen a photo of Marilyn Monroe's iconic pink gown from the "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" number, then you're already familiar with the film's costumes, but there are so many more great looks! Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell play showgirls in search of rich husbands, so you can imagine all the wardrobe changes those pursuits require.

Sabrina (1954)

Have you ever wanted to dance on an empty tennis court, in the middle of the night, wearing a ballgown? Audrey Hepburn plays a woman who goes to Paris, gets a makeover, and then does just that.

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Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Like most of the movies on this list, this isn't a film about fashion, but James Dean's signature look in it—jeans, a white tee, and a red leather jacket—became something of a badass style template.

To Catch a Thief (1955)

What do you wear when you're driving a convertible along the French Riviera with a charming jewel thief (who might be reformed, but you're not sure!), and you're also Grace Kelly? A sleeveless pink, patterned dress, white gloves, and a matching pink scarf for maximum wind-whipping. Perfect Outfits for Improbable Scenarios could be this movie's alternate title.

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Funny Face (1957)


Sorry, Breakfast at Tiffany's fans, but Funny Face is the Audrey Hepburn movie that packs the bigger fashion punch. Legendary costume designer Edith Head picked the wardrobe, much of which was designed by Hubert de Givenchy, and—extra fashion points!—the film is loosely based on the life of photographer Richard Avedon.

The '60s

Breathless (1960)

In this movie, Jean Seberg (who plays an aspiring journalist housing a fugitive) has two simple, but difficult to pull off, fashion wins: a flattering pixie cut, and a perfect striped dress.

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The Birds (1963)


Edith Head created Tippi Hedren's outfits in this Alfred Hitchcock classic, including her unforgettable mint green suit and oversized fur coat.

Blow-Up (1966)

A peek into the '60s London fashion scene, Blow-Up follows a fashion photographer (inspired by photographer David Bailey, who was in his mid-twenties at the time) as he works with two models, played by Verushka and Jane Birkin.

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Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

This 1960s film about glamorous 1930s bank robbers manages to combine the best styles from both decades.

Rosemary's Baby (1968)


Ignore the devil-baby (not so stylish) and focus on Mia Farrow's pastel shift dresses, Peter Pan collars, and pearl studs (super stylish).

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