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Fashion on the Big and Small Screens

Fashion on the Big and Small Screens

Words by Alex Soler

22 October 2021
1 min read


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Fashion has become a very common subject in today’s Movies, TV Series and Reality Shows.  At Urth, we never miss the chance for a Team Fashion Movie night out to always be in the loop and learn something new. Check our favorite ones below! 

How interesting and fascinating would it be to have the chance of knowing the “behind the scenes” of certain brands, collections, fashion designers, new launches, production bulks, and so on? 

Luckily for us, in the last decade, Fashion has become a more and more chosen subject by filmmakers, directors, and TV series creators.

This growing sake is probably driven by the impressive growth of fashion both in terms of market dimensions and people’s interest. 


Fashion Movies, Urthlings Favorite Choices!

“Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” 

This is a quote from our beloved comedy: The Devil Wears Prada.

If you still have not seen it, you really need to catch up, NOW: buy a big packet of popcorn and start watching this phenomenal movie, that, as far as my concern, it is by far one of the best fashion movies ever and it is truly unmissable. 


There are many movies that are worth seeing. Here below you can find some other titles we have selected for you!   Enjoy!!! 🙂

  • Yellow is Forbidden (2018) _ Biographical Drama // Chinese Fashion Haute Couture Designer
  • Phantom Thread (2017) _ Drama // London Haute Couture
  • Coco Before Chanel (2014) _ Biographical Drama // French Fashion Designer Coco Chanel
  • Yves Saint Laurent (2014) _ Biographical Drama // French Fashion Designer Yves Saint Laurent and its (business) partner Pierre Bergé  
  • Diana (2013) _ Biographical Drama // British Princess of Wales Diana
  • L’Amour Fou (2010) _ Biographical Drama // French Fashion Designer Yves Saint Laurent and its partner Pierre Bergé 
  • Desert Flower (2009) _ Biographical Drama // Somalian Fashion Model Waris Dirie
  • The Duchess (2018) _ Drama // Late 18th-Century: Duchess of Devonshire.
  • The Devil Wears Prada (2006) _ Comedy-Drama // Follows the dynamics of an important American fashion magazine editor-in-chief and her assistant

Fashion Documentaries

Who said documentaries have to be about nature and history only? Fashion is a new and increasingly chosen topic for recent documentaries. Every one of them puts the spotlight on a different aspect of fashion, on a different age, person and so on. 

In case you are looking to deepen your knowledge on one of the topics covered from the documentaries below, do not hesitate and start watching them straight away!


  • McQueen (2018) _ Biographical documentary // British Fashion Designer Alexander McQueen
  • The Times of Bill Cunningham (2018) _ Biographical documentary // American Fashion Photographer Bill Cunningham
  • Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) _ Biographical documentary // British Fashion Designer Vivian Westwood
  • House of Z (2017) _ Biographical documentary // British Fashion Designer American Zac Posen
  • Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards (2017) _ Biographical documentary //  Spanish Fashion Designer Manolo Blahnik
  • Franca: Chaos and Creation (2016) _ Biographical Documentary // Italian Vogue Editor Franca Sozzani
  • The First Monday in May (2016) _ Documentary // Andrew Bolton and Anna Wintour preparation of MET Gala China: Through the Looking Glass
  • The True Cost (2015) _ Documentary // Fast fashion and the fashion industry
  • Dior and I (2014) _ Biographical Documentary // Belgian Fashion Designer Raf Simons
  • Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (2013) _ Documentary // New York Store Bergdorf Goodman
  • Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011) _ Biographical Documentary // French Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue editor Diana Vreeland
  • The September Issue (2009) _ Biographical Documentary // British-American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour
  • Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008) _ Biographical Documentary // Italian Fashion Designer Valentino Garavani.

Fashion TV Series and Realities

Differently from many movies and documentaries, there is no TV series in which the main theme is fashion, but there are several ones in which fashion plays a fundamental role and makes the series worth watching thanks to its notable outfits. 


From the 6 immortal seasons of Sex and the City to a more recent view on today’s fashion with Gossip Girl, these TV series are a constant runway and source of inspiration for new outfits and matches. Check out our selection and votes below:


  • Sex and the City (1998-2006) // TV Series
  • Gossip Girl (2006-2012) // TV Series
  • Reign (2013-2017) // TV Series
  • Velvet (2014-2016) // TV Series
  • Velvet Collection (2017-2018) // TV Series, Velvet Spin-Off
  • Girl Boss (2107) // TV Series


  • Project Runway // Reality Show
  • The Fashion Show: Ultimate Collection (2009 and 2011) // Reality Show
  • Models of the Runway (2009-2010) // Reality Show

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