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Fashion documentaries are among my favourite things to watch. It might be because you get the chance to go behind the scenes of a fashion house or magazine. Maybe it’s just being able to swoon over all of the beautiful clothes that are way out of my budget.
It has taken me a while to put this post together as I wanted to select my top five fashion documentaries that you just have to see. This obviously meant re-watching them all. I am guilty of sitting huddled over my iPad watching on Netflix and catch up TV but to really appreciate these documentaries you need to be stretched out on the sofa with some tasty treats, watching on a proper television like the Panasonic 4K TV. There is nothing like seeing the clothes come to life!
Iris was the first fashion documentary that I saw and it is about the amazing Iris Apfel who is instantly recognisable from her huge O-style glasses and flamboyant accessories. At 95 she is definitely a fashion legend. The film follows her as she trawls markets looking for her next bargain, being photographed alongside Karlie Kloss for Kate Spade and preparing for an exhibition of her clothing. I found this documentary so inspiring particularly as it proves that style is ageless.
Dior And I (2014)
Dior and I tells the story of Raf Simons joining Dior. He is faced with the challenge of creating his debut couture collection in only eight weeks. I loved getting the chance to watch the seamstresses work their magic bringing Raf’s collection to life. The show at the end of the documentary is incredible.
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer (2015)
The People’s Designer chronicles Jeremy Scott’s journey from a small town in Missouri to becoming the creative director of Moschino. Moschino is famous for its fun, tongue in cheek designs and it was interesting to find out more about the man currently at the helm. The documentary is also packed full of Jeremy’s celeb following from Katy Perry to Miley Cyrus.
The September Issue (2009)
The September issue is the most important Vogue magazine of the year. I had been looking forward to watching this for ages as I find Anna Wintour fascinating and somewhat terrifying. The film follows the American Vogue team as they put together the September 2007 issue. Grace Codington (who is creative director) is the real star as her passion for what she does is obvious and her skill is second to none. I think I should point out that Vogue appears less like the Devil Wears Prada than I was hoping.
The True Cost (2015)
Everyone should see this film whether they are into fashion or not. I found many parts of the documentary incredibly sad but it’s important that the dark side of fashion is highlighted. As we demand fashion at a faster rate and a cheaper cost, the people from developing countries who produce our clothing pay the ultimate price. Something must change so that these people can work safely for a fair wage and we must stop causing so much damage to our environment.
Are there any fashion documentaries you would recommend?