Mandatory Documentaries For All Fashion Lovers


Fashion is an elusive and exclusive at best, however, there are a few documentaries out there that give us a sneak peek into the lucrative industry.

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1. House of Z (2017)

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Zac Posen is famous for delectable and audacious gowns, and the way he has conducted himself in the industry has been a mixed bag of hits and misses, this is why he is notably the comeback kid. His documentary takes viewers right into the interworking’s of Posen’s brand and life, from high society friends who believed him, his family who let him turn their house into a studio and his undeniable craftsmanship; it’s such an in-depth and personal look into his world you will feel like you were on the journey with him.  The documentary directed by Sandy Chronopoulos includes exclusive interviews and archival footage, Posen and his family are very candid about the issues they encountered, and it is interesting to see Posen reckon with his past behavior and failures.

You can watch House of Z on Netflix now. 

2. Iris (2014)

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Iris Apfel is an incredibly flamboyant individual, whose sense of style is riveting and makes her the coolest eccentric. The documentary filmed by Albert Maysels, shows viewers Iris’s life and her beautiful idea’s about how to live life fully and fabulously. Like Iris it's a feast of colour, intricate designs, patterns and bold accessories. This fantastic woman will leave you wishing you could spend more time with her while hoping you will have the same zest for life as she does at her age. Truthfully, the real highlight is her endearing relationship with her husband Carl Apfel, who unfortunately passed away at 100. They bicker like a young couple and never lost their cheeky banter, they did everything together and are absolutely endearing.

Iris is currently available to watch on Netflix. 

3. Franca: Chaos and Creation (2016)

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This enchanting documentary is filmed entirely by her only son Francesco Carrozzini, released after her death it is a touching ode to his mother, Franca Sozzani the infamous editor and chief of Vogue Italia.  It starts with Francesco interviewing Franca in a car, a scene the documentary always goes back to, and the rapport between the two is endearing. Franca is a stoic, grounded, revolutionary figure and her innovative eye for fashion is perfectly captured here. As her son delicately unpacks her immensely successful career but ultimately failed love life with compassion and ease.

The intimate documentary can be watched on Netflix. 

4. The September Issue (2009)

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This is one of the most famous fashion documentaries to exist, as it delves into the ins and outs during the creation of Vogue’s most important issue: the September issue.  Takes an intimate look behind the curtain, and show’s viewers how a magazine puts together its content, however, it’s real draw is the very human angle it paints of Vogues editor in chief Anna Wintour, who after the release of the Devil Wears Prada needed a brand rejuvenation. Everyone who is anyone in the fashion industry appears either as a cameo or interviewee, and while it reveals a lot about the process and social importance of Vogue, it doesn’t compensate on the air of mystery still looming around it.  For a very apt use of the word iconic the documentar by RJ Cutler, is one that any fashion obsessive will always come back to because it makes you feel a part of the action.

You can watch The September issue on Stan. 

5. Dior and I (2014)

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Back in 2012 when Ralf Simmons took over as creative director of Dior, he was given eight weeks to create his first haute couture collection, a task that usually takes six months.  Dior and I is an exposé about all that went into making the collection while highlighting the very intense task and privilege of working for Dior.  Although we never learn much about Simmons, there is enough content to experience the trials and stipulations of life as a high fashioned designer.  Dior and I by Frédéric Tcheng, showcases a real look behind all the glamour and facade of fashion, to show that it's truthfully a very emotionally straining feat of creativity for those who make the magic happen.

Dior and I isn’t on Netflix or Stan it is still available to watch online.

6. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

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Bill Cunningham was a quiet fashion figure who lived a simple life and had an obsession with the beauty of fashion.  He was one of the first people to capture street style, and his unassuming character created fascinating and authentic content. For decades until his death, Cunningham had a famous lifestyle column in the New York Times called ‘On The Street’, his work captured so much history that his portfolio could tell a story about all the trends that have come and gone in front of his lens.  The documentary by Richard Press shows a very sweet character, and despite feeling like an outsider looking in he was deeply adored and loved by the biggest names in fashion.  Unfortunately, Netflix and Stand don’t have the documentary but it can still be found, and I assure you it’s worth it.

Although, this documentary isn’t on Netflix or Stan it is still worth looking for. 

7. The Gospel According To André (2018)

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This Documentary will come out in Australia the 12th of July 2018, so while I have yet to see it, if the trailer is anything to go by it looks like this one is required viewing. Its subject André Leon Tally is a boisterous, flamboyant and mainstay regular in the fashion industry; however, everything about his history suggests the life he lives should have been far out of reach.  Tally grew up in the south during segregation, so as a gay black man life was anything but easy or open to him.  However, Tally’s flamboyance and intricate sense of style helped him exceed the expectations forced on him by the limitations of his upbringing.  The Gospel According to André by Kate Novack will take viewers on a journey riddled with allure and heart if anything I recommend watching it for Tally’s keen sense of humor.

The Gospel According To André will be released on the 12th of July at Palace Nova Cinemas. 


Words by Faye Couros


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