27++ Fashion Documentaries & Films to Watch ASAP

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I’m a fashion nerd (and professional fashion designer), and I always have documentaries and podcasts playing in the background while I sew. Fashion history incorporates art, politics and business – making it a fascinating topic even if you don’t work in the industry.

So, without further ado, here are my favorite fashion documentaries and series. (Hot Tip: I imagine there are broke fashion students checking out this post – if you’re looking for free fashion documentaries, be sure to use CTRL+F and search “Free”.)

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Documentaries about Vogue Magazine

  1. First Monday in May | Documentary about the Met Gala. Watch on Amazon for $1.99.
  2. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel | Diana Vreeland was the Editor-In-Chief of American Vogue from 1963 to 1971. Stream on Amazon for $2.99.
  3. The September Issue | Documentary about the largest issue of American Vogue. I loved a scene showing how the editors order the pages in the magazine. Stream on Amazon Prime for $3.99.
  4. In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye | Documentary focusing on the Vogue editors who made American Vogue what it is today. I particularly loved the bits about Anna Wintour’s early career. Watch on Amazon for $9.99.
  5. The Gospel According To André | André Leon Talley was the Editor at Large at American Vogue. This documentary is SO quotable. Available on Hulu.
  6. The Vogue Fashion Fund (Docuseries)| Ten designers compete for a $400,000 and life changing mentorship. This title is no longer available on Amazon, but I’m sure it’s available… elsewhere.
  7. Seamless (2014) | An hour and a half documentary focused on the 2014 Vogue Fashion Fund. The film quality is very “BTS.” I really appreciated the frankness around money and cashflow in fashion businesses – an issue that the Vogue Fashion Fund was founded to address. Watch on Vimeo.
  8. Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue (2016) | Documentary on the 100 year anniversary of British Vogue, largely focused on EIC, Alexandra Shulman. Available for no cost on YouTube.
  9. Franca: Chaos and Creation (2016)| Documentary on the life of Vogue Italia Editor-In-Chief, Franca Sozzani. Available on Amazon for $4.99.

Documentaries about Fashion Houses and Designers

  1. McQueen (2018) | I’ve read every book I can find about McQueen (and there are many), and this film shared insights about the designer I didn’t know. Watch on Amazon for $9.99.
  2. Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist (2018) | I saw this documentary film about Vivienne Westwood at the Sundance Film Festival. It really buoyed my hell-raising and activist heart, as I have debated how “activitsty” I can be in fashion. Watch for $9.99 on Amazon.
  3. Halston (2019) | This movie tells the story of Roy Halston Frowick, “Halston” who is quite the fashion maverick.
  4. Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2011) | Another Halston documentary that you CAN stream. Watch here on Amazon for $9.99.
  5. Dries (2017) | Documentary focused on a designer I consider to be “niche famous,” Dries Van Noten.
  6. Dior and I (2015) | Follows the journey of Raf Simmons’ first Dior fashion show. Rent for $3.99 on Amazon.
  7. A Man’s Story (2010) | The director filmed fashion designer, Ozwald Boateng, for 12 years to create this film. Rent on Amazon for $1.99.
  8. Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer (2015) | One of my all-time favorite fashion documentaries, I feel like this film really got at the heart of Moschino and Jeremy Scott. Watch on Netflix or Amazon for $4.99.
  9. Manolo, the Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards (2017) | This documentary portrayed Manolo Blahnik in an endearing and inspiring light. Buy this movie $14.99 on Amazon.
  10. Unzipped (1995) | This documentary really paved the way for other designers on the list, telling the story of the Isaac Mizrahi’s 1994 fall collection. Watch for free on YouTube.
  11. L’amor Fou (2010) | Fashion film about the career of Yves St. Laurent, which plays special attention to his relationship with his partner, Pierre Bergé. Watch on YouTube for $2.99.
  12. House of Z (2017) | This film on Zac Posen made me ache, due to its portrayal of the wide reaching impact and implications of ambition in fashion. Watch on Netflix.
  13. Lagerfeld Confidential (2007) | This film about Karl Lagerfeld is currently on my “To Watch” list. This is listed for $194.95 on Amazon, which seems.. not correct. If you find it somewhere else, please shoot me an email!
  14. Alber Elbaz and LANVIN (2017) | I could listen to Alber Elbas talk about fashion for days on end. Watch the 50 minute short film on YouTube for free.
  15. Alexander Wang (2017) | This documentary is a short (25 minute) look into the brand. Watch on YouTube for free.
  16. iris Van Herpen (2018) } One day we’ll get a full documentary (or docuseries – cough Netflix) on this avant-garde designer. Until then, watch this 12 minute feature on YouTube.

Fashion Icons & Models

  1. IRIS (2014) | Next to the word “iconic” in the dictionary is a photo of Iris Apfel. This film does an excellent job of sharing her history, while staying firmly in what is happening in the now. Available on Hulu alongwith a monthly subscription, or on Amazon for rent for $2.99.
  2. Catwalk (1995) | This documentary was a bit of a precursor to ANTM, following the model Christy Turlington throughout fashion shows in the early 1990’s. Watch for free on YouTube.
  3. Bill Cunningham (2010) | Woven into the very threads of runway shows and street fashion is fashion photographer, Bill Cunningham. This film is an overview of his life and career. Stream on Amazon for $3.99.

Whew!

There are always more documentaries to list, and I’ll be sure to check back every few months and add documentaries I find!

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