Fashion movies and TV series: Visit the sites that birthed iconic style moments from Sex and the City, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Marie Antoinette and more
Travelling in style
Many fashion lovers — Grace Coddington, Jeremy Scott, and Christopher Kane among them — grew up far away from the cultural centres of the world. That may go a long way in explaining why fashion moments in TV, film, and literature are most compelling when there are real-world locations involved; they provide seekers of glamour and style an IRL site for future pilgrimage. We round up the most famous locations you can visit from your fave television shows and movies.
Tiffany & Co., Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
The making of this lightweight Truman Capote adaptation is shockingly messy... And we love it. Mickey Rooney's appalling Mr Yunioshi aside, Capote denounced Audrey Hepburn's casting — intending the role for Marilyn Monroe instead — and the downplaying of her character's sex work and abortion. But that's not the only gossip surrounding the iconic flick: Hepburn loathed the pastry she was asked to nibble on in the opening scene almost as much as she loathed the leading man playing opposite her, George Peppard, and a crew member was nearly electrocuted to death during filming.
That having been said, there's something about Givenchy-clad Holly Golightly slinking down the street towards the Tiffany & Co. window that reliably makes the heart soar. And that, folks, is pure cinema magic.
Tiffany & Co., 727 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022, USA
Le Château de Versailles, Marie Antoinette (2006)
Though Sofia Coppola's take on the doomed monarch was lambasted for its historical inaccuracy, audiences were seduced by the film's sybaritic visuals, which included gratuitous montages of custom-made Manolo Blahniks.
Le Château de Versailles, Place d'Armes, 78000 Versailles, France
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gossip Girl (2007-2012)
Socialite Blair Waldorf's regular haunt is, for storytelling purposes, the site of the annual Met Gala, although any local would tell you that hanging out on its steps would be akin to chilling at the base of the Singapore flyer; you couldn't scream "Tourist!" louder if you tried.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028, USA
Casa Casuarina, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story (2018)
Gianni Versace's '30s mansion was famously redecorated in the designer's image, although he only occupied it for five years before his death. In 2015, Casa Casuarina was converted into a luxury hotel, 18 years after the tragic murder.
Casa Casuarina, 1116 Ocean Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139, USA
Le Musée du Louvre, Funny Face (1957)
Think of this as the less-obvious Audrey Hepburn fashion flick. Awkward bookstore clerk Jo Stockton is whisked away to Paris and pressured to model by Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson, who play fictionalised versions of Richard Avedon and Diana Vreeland. As time progresses, she grows in confidence, and as Jo races down the Louvre's Daru staircase — ignoring photographer Astaire's pleas to slow down — her red stole billows behind her, mirroring the Winged Victory of Samothrace atop the steps.
Le Musée du Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Carrie Bradshaw's apartment exterior, Sex & The City (1998-2004)
'90s television was lousy with depictions of implausibly spacious New York domiciles, and Carrie Bradshaw's home was no exception; interior shots were filmed at a sound stage worlds away from the fictional location's edifice. Be mindful of the residential nature of this spot. Don't linger, don't litter, and respectfully keep your distance from the very real inhabitants of this Greenwich brownstone — when in doubt, go with your Charlotte or Miranda instincts.
64-66 Perry St, New York, NY 10014, USA
Jardin Majorelle, Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
No Yves Saint Laurent biopic would be complete without his decadent Moroccan digs, object as we do to the habitual portrayal of this non-western setting as the epicentre of the couturier's less wholesome inclinations. Didn't you know? The designer went every bit as off the rails in Paris as in Marrakech.
Jardin Majorelle, Rue Yves St Laurent, Marrakech 40090, Morocco
L'Hôtel Ritz Paris, Coco Avant Chanel (2009)
Unfortunately for Chanel stans, the inner sanctums of 31 Rue Cambon — including the mirrored staircase from which models descended during Coco-era couture presentations — is inaccessible to the public, as is the Grand Palais hall where most of Lagerfeld's runway shows took place. One can, however, spend the night at Coco's legendary Paris Ritz suite, where she lived for several decades. Now, who says dreams don't come true?
L'Hôtel Ritz Paris, 15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, France