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10 Style Icons in the Movies

by Amy Azzarito

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

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