I have always found cinema (with the stress on last a) to be one of those very charming words. Cinema. It’s a temple and watching movies is a ritual. These films are all about ambiance, characters, colors, and… costumes…beautiful, unforgettable, stylish costumes.

We are what we consume visually too.  Here is the list of movies that I find truly stylish.


1. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Director: Stephan Elliott
Genres: Comedy | Music
Costume designer: Tim Chappel, Lizzy Gardiner

The story of the hapless company of three transvestites who go on a long and incredible journey through the Australian desert to Alice Springs, where they are planning to carry out their musical show.



2) The Runaways (2010)

Director: Floria Sigismondi
Genres: Biography | Drama | Music
Costume designer: Carol Beadle

Biopic about legendary American rocker Joan Jett. The film pictures the singer’s career and life in the 1970s, when she was a soloist in the «The Runaways»-girl rock band.



3) John Wick (2014)

Directors:Chad Stahelski, David Leitch (uncredited)
Genres: Action | Crime | Thriller
Costume designer: Luca Mosca

John Wick at first glance is the most common average American. However, few people know that once he was a bounty hunter and one of the best professionals in the business. After the criminal steals his favorite “Mustang”’69, killing his dog Daisy, that was the only reminder of his deceased spouse, John is forced to return to the past.



4) Laurence Anyways (2012)

Director: Xavier Dolan
Genres: Biography | Drama | Romance
Costume designer:Xavier Dolan, François Barbeau

Laurence is a 35-year-old college professor. According to him,for many years he’s been living with the thought that he simply can not be a man, that he feels like a woman. Overcoming the prejudices of others, and the resistance of his family, characters of the film are trying to survive in the confrontation with society.



5) The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Director: Wes Anderson
Genres: Comedy | Drama
Costume designer: Karen Patch

The film tells the story of an unusual family Tenenbaum, all the members of which have unique abilities. An estranged family of former child prodigies reunites when their father gets terminally ill.



6) The Great Gatsby (2013)

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Genres: Drama | Romance
Costume designer: Catherine Martin

In the spring of 1922, in the era of decaying morals, brilliant jazz and “kings of smuggled alcohol”, Nick Carraway comes from the Midwest to New York. In pursuit of his own American dream, he settles in the neighborhood with a mysterious, well-known for his grand parties, millionaire Jay Gatsby. So Nick gets involved in the exciting world of the rich – their illusions, love, and deceit. Being a witness to that world, he starts writing a story of impossible love, eternal dreams, and a human tragedy, the true reflection of the modern world.



7) Black Swan (2010)

Director:Darren Aronofsky
Genres: Drama | Thriller
Costume designer: Amy Westcott

A committed dancer gets the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” just to find herself battling to maintain her sanity.



8) The Fifth Element (1997)

Director: Luc Besson
Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Costume designer: Jean-Paul Gaultier

Evil in the form of a red-hot mass, endowed with intelligence, is approaching the Earth. It can be stopped only by bringing together the four elements (earth, water, air and fire), and adding to them a mysterious fifth element.



9) Carol (2015)

Director:Todd Haynes
Genres: Drama | Romance
Costume designer: Sandy Powell

In the unique atmosphere of exquisite 50s New York, young Thérèse meets Carol, dazzling mature woman languishing in a loveless marriage. A glimpse of attraction grows into an overwhelming feeling that will forever change their lives.



10) Pretty in Pink (1986)

Director: Howard Deutch
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Costume designer: Marilyn Vance

She is a girl from a poor neighborhood. He is a guy from a good family, who dreams that she accompanies him to the prom. But their romance confronts the harsh reality.



11) A Single Man (2009)

Director: Tom Ford
Genres: Drama | Romance
Costume designer: Robert IannacconeDavid PageReiko PorterLizz Wolf, etc.

Los Angeles, 1962. One day, professor of English literature, George, tries to answer the question, whether he has a future after the sudden death of Jim’s lover. The world’s falling apart. George seeks solace in old friend Charlotte, trying to cling to the beauty of the surrounding reality and to rediscover the meaning of life.



12) Chicago (2002)

Director: Rob Marshall
Genres: Comedy | Crime | Musical
Costume designer: Carlos RosarioChristine L. Cantella, etc.

Roxie Hart dreams of singing and dancing. She wants to catch up with Velma Kelly, a vaudeville prima donna. Accidentally both Roxy and Velma get jailed. In the gloomy walls of the prison,  Roxie meets legendary lawyer Billy Flynn, who agrees to take over her case. Roxie’s career goes up dramatically. But clever Miss Kelly has prepared all a big surprise “under the curtain” …



13) The Matrix (1999)

Director: Lana WachowskiLilly Wachowski
Genres: Action | Sci-Fi
Costume designer: Carlos RosarioChristine L. Cantella, etc.

A hacker Thomas Anderson learns from mysterious rebels about the real nature of the world and his role in the battle against its controllers.



14) Belle de Jour (1967)

Director: Luis Buñuel
Genres: Drama
Costume designer: Hélène Nourry

Faithful partner and respectable housewife Severin Serizy, once decides to become a daytime prostitute in a brothel of Madame Anais.



15) Anna Karenina (2012)

Director: Joe Wright
Genres: Drama | Romance
Costume designer: Jacqueline Durran

In late-19th-century Russian high society, St. Petersburg aristocrat’s wife  Anna Karenina falls in love with the dashing Count Alexei Vronsky. In the world ruled by prejudice and stereotypes, she has to make a really difficult choice between family and all-consuming passion …



16) Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genres: Action | Thriller
Costumer: Lisa BojarskiJim HansenKasumi OgawaKanani Wolf, etc.

The Bride wakens from a 4-year coma. The child she carried inside is gone. Now she must wreak vengeance on the group of assassins who betrayed her – a team she used to be a member of.



17) Blue Jasmine (2013)

Director: Woody Allen
Genres: Drama
Costumer: Suzy Benzinger, etc.

Once everything in her life falls apart, including marriage to a wealthy businessman, secular New Yorker Jasmine moves to a modest apartment in San Francisco, trying to pull herself together and move on.



18) Funny Face (1957)

Director: Stanley Donen
Genres: Comedy | Musical | Romance
Costume designer: Hubert de Givenchy, etc.

A story of how a bookstore saleswoman Joanna becomes the “face” of a glamorous fashion magazine.



19) Sid and Nancy (1986)

Director: Alex Cox
Genres: Biography | Drama | Music
Costume designer: Catherine Cook

Epic drama about the life and death of Sid Vicious. The movie shows the crazy 70s, rock music, the rise and fall of the legendary band Sex Pistols, the love and the search for freedom and disappointments …



20) In the Mood for Love (2000)

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Genres: Drama | Romance
Costume designer: William Chang

Two neighbors, a man and a woman, build a strong bond after two of them suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. Nevertheless, they decide to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit the same wrongs.



21) American Hustle (2013)

Director: David O. Russell
Genres: Drama | Crime
Costumer: Aude Bronson-HowardHillary Derby etc.

The FBI inserts its agents into the criminal environment under the guise of middlemen who buy the stolen masterpieces for wealthy collectors in the Middle East. Subsequently, the operation turns into a denunciation of corruption at various levels.



22) Fight Club (1999)

Director: David Fincher 
Genres: Drama
Costume designer: Michael Kaplan

An insomniac clerk,trying to make changes in his life, accidentally meets a devil-may-care soap maker, forming an underground fight club that grows into something much bigger.



23) Rush (2013)

Director: Ron Howard
Genres: Action | Biography | Drama | Sport
Costume designer: Julian Day

Two bitter rivals in the history of the race – a charming playboy Englishman James Hunt and disciplined perfectionist Austrian Niki Lauda – bring themselves to the limit of physical and psychological endurance for the triumph on the track.



24) Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Genres: Drama | Musical | Romance
Costume designer: multiple

A poet falls in love with a glorious courtesan whom a jealous duke covets in this fantastic musical, with music drawn from familiar 20th-century sources.



25) The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Director: Wes Anderson
Genres: Adventure | Comedy | Crime | Drama
Costume designer: Milena Canonero

The film tells the exciting adventures of the legendary concierge Gustav and his young friend, the receptionist Mustafa Zero. The hotel staff witnesses the theft of priceless Renaissance paintings, the struggle for the great fortune of a wealthy family … and the dramatic changes in Europe between two biggest wars of the XX century.



26) Marie Antoinette (2006)

Director: Sofia Coppola
Genres: Biography | Drama | History | Romance
Costume designer: multiple

The story of France’s most famous but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her engagement and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen and finally the fall of Versailles.



27) Jackie (2016)

Director:Pablo Larraín
Genres: Biography | Drama
 Key Costumer: Ricardo Richard Alvarez

In this movie, the authors reproduce one of the most shocking and tragic moments in American history – the assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas – and the following days, showing these events through the eyes of Jacqueline herself. Admired for her steadfastness, dignity, and self-control, what did this woman really go through?


28) Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

Director: Rob Marshall
Genres: Romance | Drama
Costume designer: multiple

A little lovely girl from a poor Japanese family is given in service to the geisha house. Over the years, her beauty blooms and she learns all the mysteries of the profession. The most influential men become prisoners of the famous geisha named Sayyuri. Soon she falls in love with a person over which her charms have no control.



29) Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Director: Anne Fontaine
Genres: Biography | Drama
Costume designer: multiple

“Coco Before Chanel” – a filmed biography that tells about the legendary personality – Coco Chanel. The plot focuses on a time when she was not yet famous trendsetter and was called Gabrielle Chanel.



30) The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Director: David Frankel
Genres: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Costume designer: Patricia Field

A smart provincial new graduate gets a job as an assistant to Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief of one of the largest New York fashion magazines.


Do you have your favorite movie with beautiful costume designs, which is not on the list? If so, share it in the comment section below.

Comment: 1

  • Ebtehal Alhmoudi

    jackie is really inspiring me

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