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5 Actors Who Played Real-Life Fashion Figures

04/12/2021

Fashion biopics tell the stories surrounding the fascinating lives of fashion’s most beloved figures. Though only a handful of films and TV shows have been produced about the lives of fashion’s most influential and powerful individuals, these character portrayals capture the essence of their personality and nature—providing their audience with compelling storytelling of their lives and legacies both in the fashion world and in popular culture.

 

Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani

With House of Gucci released on November 25, Lady Gaga stars as the defamed ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani of Gucci heir Maurizio Gucci. Reggiani was notorious for hiring a hitman to kill her ex-husband Gucci and was nicknamed by Italian press as “The Black Widow.”

Patrizia Reggiani & Maurizio Gucci

 

Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani in House of Gucci

 

Audrey Tautou as Coco Chanel

Audrey Toutou plays a young Coco Chanel in the film Coco Before Chanel that tells the story of the young designer’s life that was anything but glamourous, from orphanhood to working as a cabaret entertainer.

Coco Chanel

 

Audrey Toutou as Coco Chanel

 

Penélope Cruz as Donatella Versace

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story tells the story of the events that came before the tragic passing of designer Gianni Versace’s life. Penélope Cruz stars as Versace’s younger sister Donatella Versace, who inherited the luxury house after his death.

Donatella and Gianni Versace

 

Penelope Cruz and Edgar Ramirez in The Assassination of Gianni Versace

 

Pierre Niney as Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent catapulted to fashion stardom after the shocking and early death of designer Christian Dior. Pierre Niney captures the life and legacy of Yves Saint Laurent during the early stages of his career taking helm at the House of Dior, in a namesake film titled Yves Saint Laurent.

Yves Saint Laurent with a model

 

Pierre Niney as Yves Saint Laurent

 

Ewan McGreggor as Roy Halston

 In a limited series from Netflix, Ewan McGreggor stars as forgotten fashion figure Roy Halston epynomously titled Halston. Roy Halston was known for designing Jackie Kennedy’s pink pillbox hat during the inauguration of John F. Kennedy and was credited for delivering American creativity to the global stage.

Roy Halston

 

Ewan McGreggor as Roy Halston

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