Having spent all these days in quarantine, you may have binge-watched several series on Netflix. Are you looking for something a little intellectually stimulating to watch right now? Fashion documentaries are a very good place to start.
Over the years, fashion documentaries have given access to never-been-seen-before aspects of the industry, while pleasing the eye with distinguishable products or individuals. Below I’ve selected 13 fashion documentaries you can watch right now (including a link where to stream when possible). Enjoy!
1. The Artist Is Absent: A Short Film on Martin Margiela (2015)
Produced by YOOX Group, the short film documents the enigmatic Belgian designer, Martin Margiela. In 12 minutes, you can be introduced inside the world of the designer and watch Jean Paul Gaultier, Suzy Menkes and Raf Simons talk about him. Available on: Youtube
2. John Casablancas – The man who loved women (2016)
John Casablancas invented “Supermodels”. The biography of the man who founded Elite Model Management follows him through the ups and downs of his career. Available on: Netflix
3. Valentino – The Last Emperor (2008)
This maybe be one of the classic fashion documentaries. The film follows Valentino Garavani during the last two years of his time as a fashion designer. Valentino retired 50 years after founding his namesake label. Following him as he prepared his farewell show, the film gets behinds the scenes and features him worrying about the intentions of the corporation buying Maison Valentino.
4. Unravel: The final resting place of your cast-off clothing (2016)
A short film (around 14 minutes) about recycled clothing from Western countries. The documentary gives a little aspect of what happens to the recycled clothing. It’s interesting to see the perspective of the people who do this work. Available on: Youtube
5. Minimalism – a documentary about the important things (2016)
This classic documentary examines the benefits of minimalism through the lives of minimalists. Have you ever thought how your life might be better with less? Available on: Netflix
6. Jeremy Scott – The people’s designer (2015)
The journey of controversial fashion designer Jeremy Scott from Missouri to his current position as creative director of Italian fashion house, Moschino. His provocative, pop designs have transformed how the public sees fashion and its trends. Enjoy some cameos from Katy Perry & Miley Cyrus. Available on: Netflix
7. Franca – Chaos and Creation (2016)
Francesco Carrozzini creates an intimate portrait of his late mother, Franca Sozzani. Franca was an Italian journalist and the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia from 1988 until her death in 2016. She turned Italian Vogue into a magazine that celebrated the power of the image and discussed important issues such as domestic violence and plastic surgery. Available on: Netflix
8. 7 Days Out (2018)
The fifth episode of these Netflix-produced series follows the 7-day journey before the Chanel Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2018 Fashion Show. The film features late designer and ex-Chanel creative director, Karl Lagerfeld, and gives a taste of the fittings, castings and backstage at the Grand Palais on the day of the show. Available on: Netflix
9. Catwalk (1995)
A camera follows one of the most celebrated supermodels in the world, Christy Turlington. The film documents the journey through three weeks of fashion shows in Milan, Paris, and New York one year in the early 1990s. Seeing young Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell gives a nostalgic feeling too.
10. Christian Louboutin – The World’s Most Luxurious Shoes (2015)
Director Michael Waldman and his team followed Louboutin for a year to capture him as he travels the world in the name of his renowned red soles, and he attempts to expand his empire into the Asian and Middle Eastern markets. Christian Louboutin is good at talking, the film is entertaining and light-hearted. “I think I make a very useless work and I’m very proud of it,” Christian Louboutin says. Available on: Vimeo
11. The Next Black (2014)
A 45-minute film about the future of clothing. The documentary features brands as Patagonia and adidas. Some of the most innovative companies express how they see the future of clothing and the ever-changing challenges. Available on: Vimeo – Youtube
12. In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye 2012)
In honour of the fashion magazine’s 120th anniversary, this documentary looks at some of the world’s most influential fashion images as conceived by American Vogue’s fashion editors and gives an insight into the journey through the various eras of fashion.
13. Next in Fashion (2020)
Not a documentary, but a competition series. Next In Fashion is hosted by Alexa Chung and Tan France (you may know him from Fab5). The series presents the visionary looks of talented designers from around the world while they are competing for a big price and an opportunity to level up their career. Available on: Netflix
If you are more into reading, below you can find three links that may appeal to your taste:
Condé Nast is making the digital edition of the May 2020 issue of British Vogue available for free. If you are looking for a little inspiration or distraction this is what you need.
In the same mood as British Vogue, CR is giving access to their latest issues, CR Fashion Book Issue 16 (starring Cher, Naomi Campbell, and Kim Kardashian West) and CR MEN Issue 10 (starring The Weeknd).
This section in Fashionista site presents informative articles around fashion. The articles provide knowledge and insights about interesting topics such as the history behind faux fur or the evolution of runaway shows.
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So, that’s all! Hope you like my recommendations and enjoy yourself. If you want to add a documentary of your choice or discuss about the above ones, you can leave a comment below or send me a DM on Instagram @obsessedmaker.
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