If you search “Most Fashionable Films,” you’ll come up with a list of classics ranging from the 1930s to the 1980s. You’ll see the obvious (Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Annie Hall), to the questionable (Shaft), to the more unknown (Pandora’s Box), but what you won’t see, is the Douglas Sirk film, Imitation of Life. And while this film is a TMC staple, and was one of the highest grossing films Universal released prior to 1970, for some reason unknown to me, I rarely see it mentioned when discussing fashionable films (outside of Parsons School of Design, that is).
But if you want to see amazing glamor, 50s prep, and perfect matchy-matchiness, then this is your film. It makes me want to traipse around in fur, brocade, full circle skirts, and matching glove and hat sets. It’s streaming instant on Netflix, so go check it out, oh yeah, the film is pretty great too!