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The Iconic Edition
|31 Mar 2018|3 mins

8 Fashion Documentaries to Watch Now

Serving up style for days.

There are literally so many fashion documentaries out there, that it’s hard to know which one to watch first. We’ve rounded up our all-time favourites to inspire, amaze and excite you (and quite possibly send you on a shopping spree).

The September Issue

As one of the most iconic fashion documentaries, go behind-the-scenes of US Vogue to discover how Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and the rest of the team pull together the most important issue of the year.

Bill Cunningham shooting the street style at NY Fashion Week 2010. Image via Getty

Bill Cunningham New York

Legendary New York Times snapper Bill Cunningham was as well-known for his signature look – a blue French workman’s jacket and beige trousers – as his incredible street style photography. But behind the camera, Cunningham’s life isn’t what you’d expect.

Iris Apfel attends the American Apparel & Footwear Association's 38th Annual American Image Awards 2016. Image via Getty


Directed by legendary documentarian Albert Maysles, Iris details the life, loves and jewellery collection of eclectic nonagenarian Iris Apfel. Even if you only recognise her thanks to her oversized glasses, one viewing of this fashion flick will turn you into a die-hard fan.

Mademoiselle C

A must for any Francophile, this 2013 documentary tracks Ex-Vogue Paris editor Carine Roitfeld’s move to New York as she launches her now well-known publication CR Fashion Book.

Rihanna attends the 'China: Through The Looking Glass' Costume Institute Benefit Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image via Getty.

The First Monday in May

If you’re guilty of shirking work when the MET Gala red carpet is happening, then cancel your Friday night plans because you need to see this. The 2016 film reveals just how much work went into pulling off the biggest fashion exhibition in history, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “China: Through The Looking Glass”. Also, celebrities!

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

For anyone who has ‘own a pair of Manolos’ on their list of life goals, or can understand how Carrie Bradshaw came to spend $40,000 on heels, this inside peek at the history and process of Spanish shoe designer Manolo Blahnik is essential viewing.

Dior and I

When Raf Simons stepped into the role of Creative Director at fashion house Christian Dior, he had only two months to pull off his first collection. Knowing now how revolutionary his three years at Dior were, looking back at where it all began will remind you of the power and joy inherent in fashion.

Joyce Carpati, Ilona Royce Smithkin, Debra Rapoport, Tziporah Salmon, Jacquie Tajah Murdock and Lynn Dell attend 'Advanced Style' New York Screening

Advanced Style

Ari Cohen, the brains behind blog ‘Advanced Style’, created this documentary with director Lina Plioplyte and basically launched the senior models trend that we’re so familiar with today. Because, as we all know, great style has no age limit.

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Laura Collins
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