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Happy Fall. The air is cooling, the kids are back in
school and the current issue of Vogue is so ginormous that the magazine
actually weighs more than the models. Fashion
week is underway
here in New York, making it a good time to look back at some
classic clotheshorse cinema.

One of the best places to start is
Pretty in Pink, now showing on
AMC. Andie Walsh (Molly Ringwald) is
short on cash but rich in style, so she knocks together a series of unique new
wave outfits and attracts the attention of "richie"
Blane McDonnagh
(Andrew McCarthy). In a bizarre yet endearing sequence of innovative seamstressing, Andie
deconstructs two godawful dresses to create one slightly less godawful dress,
which she wears to prom.

Need more to feed your
addiction? The fashion shows in Singin’ in the Rain ("If you must wear
fox to the opera, Dame Fashion says ‘dye it!’") and The Women ("Zips up the back, and no bones!") will astound and
amuse. Fashion-themed films like Unzipped and Pret-a-Porter offer a peek backstage at the runway shows. And Paris
is Burning
documents the fascinating – and often heartbreaking – world of
transvestite vogue-ing culture.

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