Editor’s Note: For this edition of GGB Netflix Pixs, meet new GGB guest blogger Isa Cox.
Fashion is all about the eye and what isn’t about the eye is completely consumed with status. For these seven TV and film picks, it’s about one, the other or both.
From Hollywood glamour period films to couture-infused documentaries, any one of these is guaranteed to better your fashion education, one watch at a time. So grab your binge list—all these titles are available on American Netflix—and get comfy on the couch because this is one research project you’re not going to want to wait to begin.
This 2013 documentary directed by Matthew Miele includes cameos by fashion stars Rachel Zoe, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, Michael Kors and more, but it’s not as much about the celebrity sightings as it is about the legendary Manhattan department store that only gets better with time. Opening the doors to the store’s goings-on, “Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s”reveals why the Fifth Avenue mainstay has been such a strong influencer of fashion throughout its more than one hundred year history and charts to make its mark on the luxury industry for a hundred more.
2. “Anna Karenina”
The sumptuous costumes and set decoration of Joe Wright’s remake of Tolstoy’s classic deserves a watch for design alone. Starring fashion darling Keira Knightley, this movie is as much about watching Russia’s elite twirl in couture as it is about the doomed love story at its center. Winner of the 2012 Academy Award for Best Costumes Design, this classic is one lovers of opulence, decadence and an age-long gone will spend the entirety of the movie totally enthralled.
Audrey Hepburn, Peter O’Toole and glorious Givenchy in the 1960s—need I say any more? “How to Steal a Million” was a tongue-in-cheek satire in its heyday, making it a subtle ball of laughs, but even a modern audience can grasp the sartorial excellence of the film in all its swinging sixties glory. From Hepburn’s exquisite black lace cocktail outfit to her modtastic white hat and suit driving ensemble, it’s more than just a place to gain inspiration; it’s the place to fall in love with the entire stylish decade.
For lovers of the Japanese fashion culture, Atelier, also known as Underwear, is your next bingeable television show. It chronicles the drama-filled world of lingerie in Tokyo’s famous Ginza district. When Mayuko finds a job in the cutthroat fashion industry, she goes through many transformations, both physical and mental, to keep up with the values of the industry. With a heavy mix of “The Devil Wears Prada” added to the addictive quality of Japanese television dramas, the first season of Atelier is definitely going to hook fashion lovers and the underwear obsessed the world over.
Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall—enough said. But if more description is your aim, this 1953 romantic comedy is a lesson in the early fashion of Mad Men fame, from pillbox hats to full cocktail skirts. Playing three fashion models on the hunt for a rich husband, Monroe, Grable and Bacall all must use their wits and feminine guile to bewitch the elite men of New York City but find that maybe love, not money, is the right path after all. More important than catching a guy, viewers catch a look at all the glorious fashion from costume designer William Travilla, which makes it a must-see.
6. “Mademoiselle C”
As far as fashion documentaries go, nothing can get more fabulous than following in the footsteps of Carine Roitfeld, former editor in chief of Vogue Paris, as she moves to New York to launch a new magazine. Full of fashion favorites—including Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and Beyoncé—“Mademoiselle C” is a wild ride into the fabled fashion world that oozes with luxury and chic and incredible fashion. Added bonus: The scene of Karl Lagerfeld pushing the stroller of Roitfeld’s grandchild behind the scenes at a fashion shoot is one to commit to memory.
Based on a novel of the same name, The Time in Between is full of tangled love, civil war and one dressmaker’s life in Madrid. A full-on period drama with a wonderful setting, this series is as much about the impending civil war in Spain as it is about the haute couture house that the heroine, Sira, works for with her mother. It’s the perfect series for viewers who like to add fashion as well as international flavor to their must-watch list. Fans of the book will love seeing the beautiful settings and costumes come to life, and newbies who are getting their first shot at the story will get a window into a new, very fashionable world.
From historical dramas to period pieces and modern remakes, these seven picks are the next to add to your Netflix binge list. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to invest in your fashion education and get to watching! For more great fashion films to watch on Netflix or to suggest your own, leave a comment below; I’m always happy to watch another style movie for a good cause!
About the Author: Isa Cox is a pop culture junkie who loves to write about her favorite topics from fashion to entertainment. As a digital nomad, she loves to explore new places, new fashion and new stories whenever she can make it out from behind her computer and into the world.
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