Some might believe that artists create paintings and sculptures but every fashionista knows that behind every fashion show or fashion magazine hides a true artist. Surprisingly enough most of these artists aren’t too keen to be in de spotlight. You tend to see them briefly after a fashion show, awkwardly waving at the end of the runway but that isn’t what we’re interested in. Instead, we want to know where they get their inspiration and how their collections and magazine issues are created. This is exactly where the beauty of documentaries comes in so we’ve collected the 5 best fashion documentaries you’ve got to see.
Dior and I
This documentary follows the interesting steps of Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons as he creates his first collection for Dior. Raf became Dior’s creative director in April 2012 but resigned in October. This documentary certainly shows Raf’s vulnerable side as he suffers immense stress while creating his first collection for Dior.
The September Issue
This documentary is certainly a high point in the world of fashion magazines. As Grace Coddington, the creative director at Amercian Vogue, described in her autobiography Grace, this first worldwide behind-the-scenes look at Vogue was an exclusive. Especially when it comes to showing Anna Wintour’s ability to smile.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
In contrast to Raf Simons’s first show for Dior, this documentary celebrates Valentino Garavani’s last collection for the fashion house in 2007. It provides a beautiful sight into the couture world of Valentino and it’s already worth the watch to see those stunning couture dresses being handmade.
Alexa Chung: The Future of Fashion
Vogue decided to take a more modern-day approach to telling the story of fashion (on Youtube) by allowing the amazing Alexa Chung around the British Vogue office interviewing people from the fashion industry. Her questions are especially focused on ‘how to make it in the world of fashion’ and certainly an interesting point-of-view from those who are dreaming of a job in fashion.
You might know Iris Apfel from her colourful outfits and playful approach to fashion but there’s so much more to Iris. This documentary explores her career in fashion, art and interior. A true inspiration.