As we promised a few weeks ago when we did our Top 10 inspiring stylish films, we’ve created a list of our 10 favourite fashion documentaries!
Fashion documentaries have become increasingly popular in the past 5 to 10 years, but some of them feel like fluff pieces. They don’t really give us any insight, or any new information about the process. They feel more like reality shows than documentaries.
We’ve carefully selected our favourite true/real documentaries. We hope you enjoy the list!
Here it is in no particular order:
–Bill Cunningham New York (2010) directed by Richard Press
This film follows the oldest working street style photographer in New York City. He didn’t quite create the trend if street styling, but he definitely helped make it what it is today. Anne Wintour is interviewed saying that every woman in New York wakes up in the morning and puts an outfit together for Bill.
–Fashion Victim: The Killing of Gianni Versace (2001) directed by James Kent
This fascinating film explores the world of Versace and the days leading up to his murder in Miami. What’s immensely interesting is the aftermath of his murder and how it affected the entire fashion industry, in various degrees.
–Unzipped (1995) directed by Douglas Keeve
This black and white film follows designer Isaac Mizrahi as he prepares his Fall 1994 collection. We see all the supermodels of the 90s in their heyday. Revel in the chaos of the backstage area.
–Chasing Beauty (2013) directed by Brent Huff
Being a model isn’t all fun and games, it’s hard work. In this film, we hear the struggles of models young and old. A look inside an industry that looks perfect from the outside and is truly anything but.
–The September Issue (2009) directed by R.J. Cutler
–Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011) directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
–Mademoiselle C (2013) directed by Fabien Constant
A Vogue triple-feature, In The September Issue we see Anna Wintour and the American Vogue team as they prepare their biggest issue of the year. In Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel, we see how Vreeland transformed American Vogue from just another fashion magazine into the Fashion Bible, and in Mademoiselle C we meet up with Paris Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld as she leaves Vogue to move to New York and start her own magazine.
–The True Cost (2015) directed by Andrew Morgan
A documentary about the true cost of fashion. Where you clothes come from, who makes them and in what condition all this work is done. Fascinating stuff that might even change the way your purchase clothes.
–Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007) directed by Loic Prigent
A fascinating look at what goes into creating an elaborate collection for one of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world. Marc Jacobs is a true genius.
–Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010) directed by Whitney Sudler-Smith
Halston was the most prominent American fashion designer of the 1970s. Today, a whole generation of fashion lovers don’t even know his name. This film explores all aspects of his life, a must watch!
–L’amour fou (2010) directed by Pierre Thoretton
The relationship between designer Yves Saint Laurent and his lover and business partner Pierre Bergé is absolutely fascinating. It’s a relationship that has survived many, many things.
–The Tents (2012) directed by James Belzer
A inside look at the inner workings of New York Fashion Week. We rarely get this much access to anything fashion week related, it will change your perception of these events.
Is your favourite fashion documentary in our list? If not, by all means share it with us!