10 Style Icons in the Movies

This winter has me burning through Netflix like there’s no tomorrow. And even though March sounds like spring, it sure doesn’t feel like spring. I love a good documentary. You’re watching a movie and learning – win/win. So I decided to pull out some of my favorite movies that feature a style icon. (Note: This is list is only for bio docs –  individuals, duos, or (one) collectives – I’m prepping another list of other design-related categories)  –Amy

Image above: A look the iconic fashion editor, who once said “the bikini is the most important thing since the atom bomb.” Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (Also the subject of our Style Icon series -just in case you want to get the look. Hint. There’s a lot of red!)

Image above: A documentary of the first street photographer:  Bill Cunningham New York. (Grace also did a Living In: Bill Cunningham, if you want to get Bill’s look)

See the other movies after the jump!

Image above: A profile of America’s most iconic graphic designer, Milton Glaser, who is responsible for the I [heart] N.Y. logo: Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight

Image above: The story of America’s most influential designer duo – husband and wife team, Charles and Ray Eames: Eames: The Architect & The Painter

Image above: The life of artist Wayne White: Beauty is Embarrassing

Image above: A documentary about New York City’s biggest public art project. Christo and Jeanne Claude’s The Gates

Image above: If there’s anyone who could be an artist with scissors, it’s Vidal Sasson. I haven’t watched this one yet but Vidal Sassoon: The Movie is on my list.

Image above: Beautiful Losers focuses on a collective of artists who created a DIY street art movement.

Image above: You can’t have a round-up of style icon movies without including the September Issue. The film focuses on Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour’s preparations for the famous September issue. (But for my money, the breakout star was Grace Coddington.)

Image above: Following on the heels of September issue, a look at front row fixture Carine Roitfeld as she moves to NYC to launch her own magazine: Mademoiselle C

  1. Tanja Rigby says:

    You kept exit thru the gift shop off your list! It’s a must see

    1. Grace Bonney says:


      i wish i liked that movie more. i watched it but just didn’t love it like i did these others :(


  2. maggie says:

    Beautiful Losers looks like one I have to check out.

  3. amanda says:

    brilliant thanks!

  4. sariah says:

    Unzipped starring Isaac Mizrahi is another good one.

  5. Anastasia says:

    Thanks for the list.
    I watched only “September issue” before.


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