In the fashion world everyone knows that one day you are in and another day you are out. So, here are the Top 10 Important Fashion Documentaries that you must see. In these documentaries, you have totally access to the backstage, the collections and the runways and some of the personal lives of the designers.
Who ever fantasize spending a day in Carine Roitfeld’s shoes? That’s right, in these movies you can see how the famous designers think, act and how they see the world.
1. Mademoiselle C
Also co-produced by Frédéric Tcheng, this documentarie follows the marvellous Carine Roitfeld as she embarked on the launch of her first venture, CR Book, since leaving her post as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris. There’s Kim Kardashian’s pregnant cover shoot, the birth of Carine’s tiny granddaughter, her love affair with Chanel, her collaborations with the beautiful Tom Ford and SO many glorious names in that roll-call you will not be able to resist!
2. Valentino: The Last Emperor
A retrospective look at the haute couture life of Valentino Garavani, documenting a year of work, shows, business changes and decisions. From sketch to runway, we get to see it all.
3. Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou
They say that behind every fashion designer is a fabulous business partner. In the case of Yves Saint Laurent his business partner doubled as his lover and the C.E.O of his label. Yves Saint Laurent: L’Amour Fou is a documentary about the relationship between iconic French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. In the film Bergé discusses their 50 years together, sharing the ups and downs of the late Saint Laurent’s life and career.
4. The September Issue
The September Issue takes us behind the polished glass doors of American Vogue and into the office of its legendary editor, Anna Wintour. If you’re not sold yet, it also documents the making of Vogue’s September 2007 issue (which now sells online for upwards of $100). The must-see film sheds light on some of the typically behind the scenes figures, including Grace Coddington and Hamish Bowles, who get some much-deserved face time in the documentary.
5. Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton
Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton takes us into the world of the historic French fashion house owned by Bernard Arnault, who made the bold decision to appoint Marc Jacobs as artistic director in 1998—and good thing, too. The film discusses Marc Jacobs’s contributions to the house, modernizing their iconic bags, transforming the brand’s dated image and forming relationships with Hollywood’s It crew, who are now often spotted front row at any Louis Vuitton show.
One of the first of its kind, this documentary tracks Isaac Mizrahi at the top of his game as he plans his autumn/winter 1994 collection. With a real fly-on-the-wall feeling ot it, this 20-year-old film has reached almost cult-like status thanks to appearanaces from Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss and Amber Valetta, to name but a few. If nothing else, watch this to see how the fashion industry has changed over the last two decades.
7. Lagerfeld Confidential
“I have molded people’s perception of me so much, that I think it’s almost impossible for them to know the real me. I want it to be impossible, even for the people I love deeply. I don’t want to be real in other people’s lives. I want to be an apparition. I appear, then disappear. I don’t want to have reality in anyone’s life, because I don’t want it in mine.” says Karl. SOLD.
8. OWN Visionaries: Tom Ford
The OWN Visionaries: Tom Ford documentary is similar to Lagerfeld’s in that it allows us to follow iconic American designer Tom Ford around his daily happenings, letting us in on the quirky lifestyle of the Oscar nominated film director and fashion mogul. The typically press-shy designer discusses his unplanned journey to fashion stardom and lets us in on the makings of his fashion comeback after taking time off the direct A Single Man.
9. In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye
Perhaps the newest documentary of the bunch, In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye was made in honour of Vogue’s 120th anniversary. The film features some of the magazine’s most iconic editors who discuss the makings of their most influential images. The documentary sheds spotlight on Tonne Goodman, Grace Coddington, Hamish Bowles and more, giving credit to those who are more often behind the scenes than front and centre.
10. The Secret World of Haute Couture
Exploring the world of haute couture, this documentary looks at those that desire and live for these priceless items of beauty and the lengths that they will go to in order to acquire them. Through its eccentricities and drama, this view of Paris and those that buy into this world is quite the eye opener.