Best Fashion Designer Biopics, Ranked

Fashion and film have historically been a dream pair, and fashion is central to the success of many films, setting the tone we can expect as it tells us a visual story about the characters on screen. Actors often point out that the costume is one of the most crucial aspects to their acting success, some even attribute them to wearing the costume as the final stepping stone to getting into character.

Designers are often enlisted in a film production’s team of costume designers and designers such as Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent and Raf Simmons have been involved in the costume department of films which have since been acclaimed for their iconic wardrobe department. Unsurprisingly, then, the figures behind some of these fashion houses have become film subjects themselves, with the recent success of House of Gucci being a prime example. Let’s take a look at the best biopic of fashion designers, ranked.

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5 Versace house

Versace house

The story of Donatella’s legacy of the Versace house following the dramatic death of her brother Gianni is a family story that has been adapted to screen through Ryan Murphy’s film History of American Crime. However, many may have missed the adaptation of the 2013 Lifetime drama directed by Sara Sugarman. The film starts with Gina Gershon as Donatella, and it’s not as tall as Ryan Murphy’s adaptation, and it feels comical at times when perhaps it’s not expected. Self Versace house can be taken lightly, it is a pleasing field and viewing experience.

4 Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent is a 2014 French biographical drama directed by Jail Lespert. The film is based on the life of Yves Saint Laurent from the year 1958, when, upon Christian Dior’s death, Laurent became Dior’s head of design and saved the house from financial ruin, also telling the story of how he met his lover and business partner, Pierre Bergé. Yves Saint Laurent it’s visually impressive and captures the essence of what made the designer so great. However, the plot and substance are missing as the film doesn’t dive into the story as deeply as it could.

3 Coco before Chanel

Coco before chanel

Coco Chanel is one of the most recognizable names in fashion, founding the Chanel brand, which has gone on to be one of the most iconic fashion brands in history. Anne Fontaine’s 2009 biopic, Coco before Chanel tells the story of Coco Chanel and her rise to power and fame, with Audrey Tautou playing the titular role of Coco Chanel. The film focuses on the early events in her life that led to her becoming the household name we know, starting with her time in a French orphanage before following her journey through work as a seamstress and her relationship with Etienne Balsan. . Coco before Chanel it was a huge success and Tautou’s performance was particularly impressive.

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2 Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent

2014 saw the release of another film that chronicles the life of Yves Saint Laurent with Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent. Gaspard Ulliel plays Saint Laurent. The film depicts Laurent’s story during the height of his career, and treats the subject with more grit and reality than the above. Yves Saint Laurent. The film was shortlisted as a French nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars, however, it was ultimately not selected despite being critically praised upon release.

1 House of Gucci

Lady Gaga House of Gucci by Harper's Bazaar

Ridley Scott’s 2021 blockbuster House of Gucci was one of the most anticipated films of the year, telling the story of Patrizia Reggiani, who marries the Gucci family and ultimately unveils the family’s legacy with her ambitions and struggles for power. Lady Gaga plays the lead character, and her performance has been widely praised and enthusiastically received by the Oscars. The release of the film was somewhat controversial, having been received with contempt by the heirs of the Gucci family. House of Gucci it is however a designer’s most successful biopic and deserves its place at the top of our list.

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