Top 4 Fashion Documentaries

Anyone who knows me well is aware of my obsession with fashion, but also, that I’m a huge movie buff. I have a soft spot for documentaries since there are no actors or special effects, they are real people, living real lives in real day situations. What’s even better than a good documentary, is a documentary about the fashion industry. Eye-candy galore and a behind the scenes look of  goes on in a world driven by fabrics, zippers, imagination and beautiful people.

Fashion documentaries allow people to witness it’s not all about beautiful clothes and breathtaking models (although it can be), it’s a world of high stress. For 90 minutes viewers see how much time, hard work, sweat and tears go into a magazine or a fashion show, even a clothing line.

Here are my top 4: (In no particular order)

1. Valentine: The Last Emperor

An intimate look into the everyday life of one of the most famous fashion designers in the world, this documentary is eye candy in every way, from the dazzling couture dresses in Valentino’s atelier and his enormous to gorgeously decorated homes around Europe.

Valentino comes across as charming, creative in the unexpected moments and a little corky. From parties at his home to working on dress designs and planning fashion shows, Valentino’s life is filled with beauty, which he tries to bestow upon every woman he dresses.

2. Unzipped

Unzipped gives a day-by-day insight at fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi as he plans his 1994 spring fashion show. The film starts with him sketching and drawing and by the end you see it all come together for his breathtaking show. Mizrahi is beyond charming and sticks to his New York roots and through all his fame remains humble and himself.

Seeing super models in the 90’s like Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell make the documentary nostalgic and glamourous. Most of the film is in black and white, which may seem odd for a documentary about a fashion designer and his line where color thrives, but it works. There are pops of color in some parts and when used it made that scene beyond captivating.

3. The September Issue

When the film starts with Anna Wintour delivering one of the most engaging monologues about the fashion industry ever been uttered, you know this documentary is going to blow your mind.

This critically acclaimed documentary shows the creation of the September 2007 issue of Vogue, and details all the work by all of the editors that goes into it. Filled with witty quotes, amazing cameos and even more amazing clothing. It gives viewers an inside look at what it takes to put a fashion magazine together, especially one as big as Vogue. How it takes months of endless editing, re-editing and photo shoots to finally see the magazine come together.

4. Seamless

This documentary gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at three young designers as they vie to win the Vogue and Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) prize, of both money and a mentor, to help them grow their businesses.


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