11 Fashion Documentaries You Need to Watch

11 Fashion Documentaries You Need to Watch

For those who like their money where they can see it – hanging in their closet.

By Amber Lowther | 4th May 2016

Love fashion? Of course you do. You wouldn’t be reading this if you didn’t. Apart from adding gorgeous new items to your wardrobe, there are few things better than kicking back with a juicy fashion documentary. Go behind the scenes of your favourite fashion shoots and witness a day in the life of incredible designers with these must-see fashion documentaries.

1. The September Issue

Follow the life of Anna Wintour as she plans the Vogue September 2007 issue with her team. Cameos from Oscar de la Renta, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld and Vera Wang make it even more of a must-watch! This fashion documentary shows what goes on behind the scenes when creating the biggest issue of the year and the effort it takes to make a Vogue publication come to life. It’s also kinda interesting seeing Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington get annoyed at each other, I won’t lie.

2. Premiere: Ellery In Paris


Finally there’s a film about an Aussie designer making waves internationally! This film shows the three-day lead-up to Kim Ellery’s debut at Paris Fashion Week. She was the third Aussie fashion designer to be invited in 20 years and the fashion documentary gives an insight into her inspirations and influences.

3. Dior and I

Step into the world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a behind-the-scenes look at Raf Simons’ haute couture debut as the new artistic director of Dior. The whole team is under intense pressure to create a stunning collection within eight weeks. It’s an interesting insight into the fashion world – highly recommend for Dior lovers and anyone interested in uncovering the world of high fashion.

4. Iris

Based on the life of legendary fashion icon Iris Apfel, this documentary showcases her quick-witted humour, creativity, fashion sense and influence on the New York fashion scene. From working with the White House (her husband mentions a problem with Jackie Kennedy!) to being interviewed for television segments, this 94-year-old isn’t slowing down anytime soon!
Fave quote: “I didn’t give a damn about going to the party or being at the party – it was getting dressed for the party.”

5. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

Get a peek behind the doors of Bergdorf Goodman, the luxury goods department store situated on Fifth Avenue, Midtown Manhattan in New York City. With names such as Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo and Prada all under the same roof, you’d be cray not to watch this! From wanting their windows to be “perceived as hallucinations” to their rise to a contemporary phenomenon, Bergdorf Goodman is the epitome of luxury shopping.

6. Mademoiselle C

This fashion documentary follows Carine Roitfeld, the former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris, as she embarks on the launch of her new magazine. It even includes cameos from her close friends Karl Lagerfeld and Giorgio Armani. Described as illuminating, candid and cheeky, this is a must-watch for fashionistas everywhere.
Fave quote: “I’m Parisian. It shows in my style and in the style of my photos.”

7. Valentino: The Last Emperor

If you’re a fan of Valentino or in need of a bit of a laugh, you need to watch this! This doco follows Valentino Garavani during his last two years as an Italian fashion designer. After announcing his plans for retirement, he began preparing for his final show. But what makes the film is his relationship with his partner Giancarlo Giammetti and their hilarious exchanges! I definitely recommend this for anyone who appreciates fashion.
Fave quote: “I know what women want - they want to be beautiful.”

8. Christian Louboutin: The World’s Most Luxurious Shoes

Calling all shoe lovers! Christian Louboutin (the most famous shoe designer in the world) is the subject of a fashion documentary that you need to watch IMMEDIATELY. This is a year in the life of a shoe designer, including his celebrity clients and his outgoing personality! If you dream of owning a pair of Louboutins, let this be extra inspiration for you.

9. The Day Before

This mini series is only four episodes long and follows French designer Sonia Rykiel, womenswear and accessories brand Proenza Schouler, creative director and head designer Karl Lagerfeld and fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier. This is perfect for those who want to know about the different elements of fashion design and everyone interested in the backstories and perspectives of industry juggernauts.

10. Lagerfeld Confidential

Known for his trademark white hair and black sunglasses, there’s no doubt Karl Lagerfeld is a global fashion phenomenon. Lagerfeld Confidential takes you inside the world of fashion’s most iconic designer while learning about Karl’s interest and opinion on everything from art, history and politics to music and fashion. Featuring Nicole Kidman and Princess Caroline of Monaco, it’s one fashion film you NEED to see.

11. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel

Based on renowned columnist and magazine editor Diana Vreeland, this powerful fashion documentary celebrates one of the most influential women in the history of fashion. Her work not only changed the face of fashion forever, but also beauty, art, music, publishing and culture. This is the same woman who launched Twiggy, gave Jackie O some pointers and was the fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar and later on, editor-in-chief of Vogue. Any magazine lover needs to have this film on their radar!

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Article by Amber Lowther

Amber is a former contributor at Style Magazines. She runs her own fashion and beauty blog and has an obsession with Batman. When she’s not stuffing her face with Italian food, she’s adding new shoes to her wardrobe and dreaming of NYC.


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