To the delight of New Yorkers, Times readers, and street fashion fans alike, tomorrow brings the release of Bill Cunningham New York, a documentary about the bicycle-riding octogenarian whose photo collages have long been the best thing about the Styles section. Although he’s been on the scene for over four decades, Cunningham is a notorious loner, and this film — featuring interviews with everyone from Anna Wintour to Tom Wolfe — will be most fans’ first beyond-the-byline look at the photographer.
In celebration of Bill Cunningham New York, and because as far as we’re concerned, few things go together as well as film and fashion, we’ve compiled a list of fashion-themed movies you need to watch. From classic to campy, our picks are after the jump.
Ever wonder why so many Italian movies of the late ’60s and early ’70s were so obsessed with the fashion industry and the models who populate it? It probably had something to do with Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 mod masterpiece, Blow-Up. The renowned filmmaker’s first English-language feature follows a hedonist British fashion photographer who takes a photo of something he shouldn’t have seen. Honestly, this may be the coolest film of all time.