Fashion Documentaries

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1. Signé Chanel (2005– )

Documentary, Reality-TV

A mini series showing the creation of a Haute Couture collection at iconic fashion house Chanel.

Stars: Karl Lagerfeld, Elizabeth Hurley, Oprah Winfrey

Votes: 98

2. Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007 TV Movie)

75 min | Documentary

From Japan to America, the LV sign dominates the fashion scene. And, one man alone designs the Louis Vuitton creations the exceptional Marc Jacobs.

Director: Loïc Prigent | Stars: Bernard Arnault, Marc Jacobs, Jade Jagger, Ludivine Sagnier

Votes: 225

3. The Day Before (2009– )

Documentary

A look at the thirty-six hours leading up to a fashion show, focusing on a different designer each episode.

Stars: Jean-Paul Gaultier, Lazaro Hernandez, Karl Lagerfeld, Jack McCollough

Votes: 36

4. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

69 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland.

Directors: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,317 | Gross: $1.00M

7. Bill Cunningham: New York (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.

Director: Richard Press | Stars: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors, Editta Sherman

Votes: 4,924 | Gross: $1.51M

8. The September Issue (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.

Director: R.J. Cutler | Stars: Anna Wintour, Thakoon Panichgul, André Leon Talley, Grace Coddington

Votes: 7,087 | Gross: $3.82M

9. McQueen and I (2011 TV Movie)

71 min | Documentary, Biography

Profile of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Detmar Blow, Isabella Blow, Naomi Campbell, Tom Ford

Votes: 202

10. Schiaparelli & Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012)

3 min | Short, Drama

An imagined dinner conversation between two fashion legends, Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Judy Davis, Miuccia Prada

Votes: 38

12. Yves Saint Laurent: 5 avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2002 TV Movie)

Unrated | 85 min | Documentary, Biography

63 Metascore

A 60 days 'huis clos' in the famous house of haute couture.

Director: David Teboul | Stars: Pierre Bergé, Laetitia Casta, Loulou De La Falaise, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 63

13. Imagine (2003– )
Episode: Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (2008)

90 min | Documentary, History

Barbara Leibovitz's intimate biography of her sister the photographer Annie Leibovitz.

Director: Barbara Leibovitz | Stars: Alan Yentob, Paula Abdul, Ruth Ansel, Mikhail Baryshnikov

Votes: 209

14. The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002)

83 min | Documentary

65 Metascore

The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary.

Director: Charles Atlas | Stars: Charles Atlas, Steve Blame, Leigh Bowery, Boy George

Votes: 209 | Gross: $0.01M

15. Picture Me (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

44 Metascore

A look at the inner world of modeling.

Directors: Ole Schell, Sara Ziff | Stars: Sara Ziff, Caitriona Balfe, Anne Bergstedt, Karl Lagerfeld

Votes: 508 | Gross: $0.01M

16. Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer (2015)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary

The story of fashion designer Jeremy Scott's ascent from a small town in Missouri to his current position as the Creative Director of Moschino.

Director: Vlad Yudin | Stars: Jeremy Scott, Devon Aoki, Eva Chen, Miley Cyrus

Votes: 279

17. Dior and I (2014)

R | 90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture ... See full summary »

Director: Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Christian Dior, Omar Berrada, Raf Simons, Pieter Mulier

Votes: 3,249 | Gross: $1.03M

18. McQueen and I (2011 TV Movie)

71 min | Documentary, Biography

Profile of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Detmar Blow, Isabella Blow, Naomi Campbell, Tom Ford

Votes: 202

20. Viktor and Rolf: Because We're Worth It! (2006)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

At the end of the nineties, Viktor & Rolf broke into the international fashion world as innovative designers with their theatrical catwalk shows and avant-garde creations. Now they are ... See full summary »

Director: Femke Wolting

Votes: 13

21. Paris Is Burning (1990)

R | 71 min | Documentary

A chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality.

Director: Jennie Livingston | Stars: Brooke Xtravaganza, André Christian, Dorian Corey, Paris Duprée

Votes: 9,924 | Gross: $3.78M

22. Homme Less (2014)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Biography

67 Metascore

HOMME LESS is about the underbelly of the American Dream, the hidden backyard of our society.

Director: Thomas Wirthensohn | Stars: Mark Reay, Yumi Lambert

Votes: 388

23. The True Cost (2015)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Drama, News

46 Metascore

The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

Director: Andrew Morgan | Stars: Livia Giuggioli, Stella McCartney, Vandana Shiva, Lucy Siegle

Votes: 6,031

25. Out of Fashion: Maison Martin Margiela (2011)

10 min | Short

This film, showcasing Maison Martin Margiela's womenswear collection, is based on conversations with five women. From these discussions the themes of the main line collection were drawn...

Director: Martin Margiela | Stars: Mika'Ela Fisher, Ania Martchenko, Simona Venier

26. We Margiela (2017)

99 min | Documentary

We Margiela tells the untold and intimate story of the enigmatic and singular fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. For the first time co-founder Jenny Meirens and members of the creative ... See full summary »

Director: Menna Laura Meijer | Stars: Madeleine Berkhemer, Anders Edström, Alda Farinella, Deanna Ferretti Veroni

Votes: 58

27. Mademoiselle C (2013)

R | 93 min | Documentary

51 Metascore

A documentary focused on former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine.

Director: Fabien Constant | Stars: Carine Roitfeld, Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld

Votes: 541 | Gross: $0.04M

28. Unzipped (1995)

R | 73 min | Documentary

Isaac Mizrahi, one of the most successful designers in high fashion, plans his fall 1994 collection. He combines inspirations such as the Hollywood Eskimo look, the Mary Tyler Moore show, ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Keeve | Stars: Isaac Mizrahi, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Robert Best

Votes: 1,015 | Gross: $2.88M

29. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Nati Abascal, Giorgio Armani

Votes: 1,670 | Gross: $1.76M

30. L'amour fou (II) (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge.

Director: Pierre Thoretton | Stars: Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Betty Cartoux, Loulou De La Falaise

Votes: 932 | Gross: $0.30M

31. Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)

89 min | Documentary

An up-close-and-personal portrait of the fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld.

Director: Rodolphe Marconi | Stars: Karl Lagerfeld, Nicole Kidman, Brad Kroening, Princess Caroline of Monaco

Votes: 830 | Gross: $0.07M

32. Catwalk (1995)

95 min | Documentary

A camera follows model Christy Turlington through the spring fashion shows in Milan, Paris, and New York one year in the early 1990s, probably 1992. She and others dash from one designer's ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Leacock | Stars: Christy Turlington, Azzedine Alaïa, Giorgio Armani, Nadja Auermann

Votes: 217

33. Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process and ponders the relationship between cities, identity and the cinema in the digital age.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Wim Wenders, Yohji Yamamoto

Votes: 721

34. Eleven Minutes (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

Feature documentary following fashion designer, Jay McCarroll's year-long journey preparing his first independent runway show and selling his clothing line to stores.

Directors: Michael Selditch, Robert Tate | Stars: Jay McCarroll, Kelly Cutrone, Daniel Alexander, Malan Breton

Votes: 104 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (1989)

95 min | Documentary, Biography

A camera crew follows Helmut Newton, the fashion and ad photographer whose images of tall, blond, big-breasted women are part of the iconography of twentieth-century erotic fantasy. He's on... See full summary »

Director: Adrian Maben | Stars: Adrian Maben, Candice Bergen, Tina Brown, Catherine Deneuve

Votes: 167

36. Contacts (1989–2008)
Episode: Helmut Newton

Documentary

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37. Three Boys from Pasadena: A Tribute to Helmut Newton (2012)

30 min | Documentary, Biography

Follow the friendship and mentorship between Helmut Newton and his "three boys", proteges, Mark Arbeit, George Holz, and Just Loomis through a remarkable relationship that spanned over 30 ... See full summary »

Director: Joey Carey | Stars: Mark Arbeit, George Holz, Just Loomis, Helmut Newton

38. Mein Leben (2001– )
Episode: Helmut Newton (2002)

Documentary, Biography

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Director: Gero von Boehm

40. Seamless (2005)

75 min | Documentary

52 Metascore

A look at what it takes for young designers to make it in the fashion world.

Director: Douglas Keeve | Stars: Peter Arnold, Michael Bloomberg, Shawn Carter, Edmundo Castillo

Votes: 120

41. The Tents (2012)

TV-14 | 89 min | Documentary, Biography, History

First ever look behind-the-scenes at NY Fashion Week, with the history of how it all began in the early 1990's. Story told by the 'Fashion Insiders' and the Top Fashion Designers: Betsey ... See full summary »

Director: James Belzer | Stars: Terry Agins, J. Alexander, Max Azria, Glenda Bailey

Votes: 104

42. Blue Gold: American Jeans (2014)

TV-PG | 99 min | Documentary, History

The history and lore of America's most iconic symbol and global export, the blue jean.

Director: Christian D. Bruun | Stars: Edward Burns, Adriano Goldschmied, Eric Schrader, Tommy Hilfiger

Votes: 89

45. In Vogue: The Editor's Eye (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Documentary film takes a look at some of the world's most influential fashion images as conceived by the magazine's iconic fashion editors.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Hamish Bowles, Grace Coddington, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Alber Elbaz

Votes: 527

48. Fame, Fashion and Photography: The Real Blow Up (2002 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary

Tells the story of the photographers who cemented the image of swinging London and who, through their pictures, irreversibly altered the face of fashion and pop.

Stars: Neil Pearson, David Bailey, Twiggy, Mary Quant

Votes: 19