Fashion documentaries have become a bit of a cult obsession amongst the fash’ pack recently.
The models. The muses. The tantrums, and most importantly, the talent – all of the factors that fascinate us about this industry are laid bare in these behind-the-scenes films. And, with so many available to rent or stream online, there never has been a better time to tap into this exciting genre.
From carefully reasearched biopics, to exclusive backstage action at some of the world’s most prestigious fashion events, these documentaries allow us *normal peeps* an access all areas glimpse into this glittering and fabulous world, and in honour of London Fashion Week (kicking off today – eeps), we’ve selected some of our favourite flicks to get you properly into the swing of things.
Annie Leibovitz: Life Through A Lens (2007)
Even if you haven’t heard of photographer Annie Leibovitz, we can 100% guarantee that you’ll know her work. One of the most prolific and influential talents of her time, Annie has captured some of the most iconic shots of the modern age, including the now timeless image of a naked John Lennon embracing his wife Yoko Ono back in 1980. This fascinating film directed by sister Barbara Leibovitz follows Annie’s rise from Rolling Stone photographer to bona fide Vanity Fair royalty. Brilliant.
Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)
An exclusive look inside the mind of a true industry genius, Rodolphe Marconi’s documentary about one of the most visionary fashion designers of our generation is a compelling piece of film. Karl Lagerfeld comes across as outspoke, enigmatic and deeply fascinating – a must for any Chanel fan.
When famed designer Valentino Garavani announced his plans to retire from the international fashion world in 2007, director Matt Tyrnauer decided to make the two years leading up to Valentino’s final couture show the subject of this fascinating documentary. The flick also looks at the unconditional relationship Valentino has with his life and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti. Expect LOTS of pugs.
Hailed as the REAL Devil Wears Prada R.J. Cutler’s riveting film about the inner workings of American Vogue in the run up to it’s hotly anticipated fall issue is a must see for anyone that has dreams of working in fashion media. Whilst Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour is both charistmatic and terrifying, it is her incredibly talented and efficient editorial team that steal the show.
Dior & I (2014)
When Raf Simons was appointed as new artistic director at Dior’s illustrious fashion house back in 2012, he had just 8 weeks to complete his first couture collection for the label. This compelling documentary directed by Frédéric Tcheng gives a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at Simons’ creative process, and pays special homage to the dedicated seamstresses that help to recreate his vision.
So, even if you aren’t FROWing this LFW *sniff*, you can still feel part of the action with one of these fash’ flicks. Enjoy.