I love documentaries. Especially social & cultural documentaries. Double especially fashion documentaries. Fashion documentaries are like 2 of my favourite things combined together for double awesomeness. Like Peanut butter & chocolate. Bacon & pancakes. Mint & dark chocolate. Coffee & cigarettes.
Here is a list of my top 5 Fashion documentaries.
A behind the scenes at Vogue as Anna Wintour and her team prepare the September 2007 issue. The documentary is great at showing the process of putting an issue together, from photo shoots to choosing the right cover. Forget Anna Wintour- Grace Coddington & André Leon Talley steal the show.
Bill Cunningham whom sadly passed away this June. The New York Times fashion & style photographer who created the concept of street style photography before it was a thing. It shows Cunningham traveling through Manhattan by bicycle and living in a tiny apartment . Documenting his long career in fashion & photography. What i enjoyed so much about this was the humbleness and gentleness of his character and his integrity towards his art.
From director Albert Maysles who bought us grey gardern comes this delightful documentary on Iris Apfel. The quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maverick with an equaly oversized personality to watch. This documentary is all about creativity and even at an advanced age. Living and dressing flamboyantly and about expressing once self completely. The scenes surrounding her romance with her husband and they way they still dote on each other are really inspiring and touching.
A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of Valentino’s celebrated career. At the heart of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti. The filmmakers shot over 250 hours of footage delving deep to reveal real characters and candid moments behind this legendary fashion designer. My favorite scene is in the back seat of a limo between valentino and long-suffering partner Giancarlo who tells him perhaps he looked “A little too tan.” This to a man who looks ompa loompa orange. it’s the most hilarious scene ever.
A documentary about the life and career of Diana Vreeland, a fashion legacy famous for firstly becoming a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar who daringly revolutionized fashion by popularizing the blue jean and the bikini. After nearly two-and-a-half decades nearly two-and-a-half decades at Harper’s Bazaar. Vreeland moved to Vouge. Quickly became the editor-in-chief. The fashion editor’s journey through the industry is relived through archival videos and a look back at her most extraordinary work.