11 Must-See Fashion Documentaries
From Leibovitz and Valentino to Wintour and McQueen
The upcoming releases of two must-see fashion documentaries, Iris and Dior and I, have us reminiscing about some of our past favorites. Here, 11 fashion flicks that are as fascinating as they are visually thrilling.
“The September Issue” (2009)
While it's amazing to get so up close and personal with Anna Wintour, the real star of this show is creative director Grace Coddington. Her flame-red hair and snarky quips will leave you wanting more--which you can get in her fantastic memoir, Grace.
Chronicling the creation of Isaac Mizrahi's fall 1994 collection, Unzipped is a must-see for supermodel fans, with appearances from everyone from Naomi and Christy to Kate and Linda.
“Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel” (2011)
Legendary editor Diana Vreeland was the ultimate fashion eccentric, and this very cool documentary captures her every quirk, from her opinion on pants ("Blue jeans are the most beautiful thing since the gondola") to musings on life ("The first thing to do is to arrange to be born in Paris.").
“A Man’s Story” (2012)
A camera crew followed British menswear designer Ozwald Boateng for 12 years to make this documentary, a riveting and at times tragic portrait of his career thus far.
“Bill Cunningham New York” (2010)
New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham is absolutely delightful, and this 2010 portrait will make you fall in love with him. (And his incessant use of the word "marvelous.")
“Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s” (2013)
Yes, Bergdorf's is iconic and important and everything, but let's be honest: This one's all about Betty Halbreich, Bergdorf's legendary personal shopper--and the film's uncontested star.
“This Is My Dream: Yohji Yamamoto” (2011)
Japanese designer Yamamoto is a wildly skilled tailor and unrelenting proponent of black. After watching this intimate documentary, you'll have an infinitely greater appreciation of the art of designing and creating clothes.
“Mademoiselle C” (2013)
Carine Roitfeld is a fashion icon, former editor of Vogue Paris and Tom Ford's ideal woman. This incredibly glamorous film documents the creation of the first issue of her impossibly chic magazine, CR Fashion Book.
“McQueen and I” (2011)
Focusing on the relationship between Lee McQueen and his muse, stylist Isabella Blow, McQueen and I recounts the designer's rise to fame, brilliant career and tragic fall and culminates in both his and Blow's suicides (in 2010 and 2007, respectively).
“Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens” (2008)
Prolific photographer Annie Leibovitz has shot some of the most recognizable images of our lifetime, and this riveting flick sees her receiving deserved praise from the likes of Anna Wintour, Graydon Carter, Hillary Clinton and Bette Midler.