As Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer hits Netflix, we run down the 7 best fashion documentaries of all time
Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer, by Vlad Yudin
Taking you behind-the-scenes of Moschino HQ, and his eponymous fashion line, Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer gets inside the mind of one of fashion's quirkiest characters - and that's saying something. Expect appearances from his famous friends, including Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Jared Leto, as well as a look at where Jeremy came from, before he was 'the people's designer'.
Christian Louboutin: The World's Most Luxurious Shoes, by Michael Waldman
Filmmaker Michael Waldman follows the designer at fashion week (on a Vespa, alongside butler Safquat), at meetings with some of fashion's biggest magazines, at fittings and at his factory with a collection of A-list 'lasts' (models of feet – including Kylie Minogue’s – which are used when making bespoke shoes). It encapsulates the 'little bit naughty' man behind the infamous red soles, and how his personality and passions have formed his edgy, sexed-up designs, and his place in the fashion industry. You're taken back over Louboutin's most memorable shoes, including the pair he made for Angelina Jolie at the Maleficent premiere and the Ballerina Ultimas, the gravity-defying 8-inch heels which feature in his 'Fetish' collaboration with filmmaker David Lynch.
Dior and I, by Frederic Tcheng
Dior and I was a hugely hyped documentary, for three reasons. Firstly, it was Raf Simons’ first collection for Dior post-Galliano. Secondly, it was couture, and who doesn’t love couture. Finally, Raf only had eight weeks to pull an entire couture collection off. To put things into perspective, a single dress can normally take around 700 hours to finish. Talk about a challenge… Dior and I takes you inside the heart of the atelier and the people inside it, as Raf laughs, cries and says ‘sublime’ more times than we can count. A truly moving piece of film.
Iris, by Albert Maysles
Want to inject more colour into your wardrobe? There’s no better rainbow-inspo that the Rare Bird of Fashion herself, Iris Apfel. She might be 93 years old, but Iris packs a serious style punch with her impressive collection of costume jewellery and signature black frame glasses. Don’t ask her about style rules – Iris says she doesn’t have any as she’d only break them. Who needs rules when you’ve been influencing fashion and interior design for over 75 years, anyway?!
The September Issue, by R. J. Cutler
Anna Wintour might be an unstoppable force, but The September Issue saw her meet her match in flame-haired Grace Coddington, the only woman willing to stand up to fashion’s notorious ice queen. There’s Lagerfeld, there’s De La Renta, there’s Sienna, there’s clothes, jewels, catwalks and photoshoots…The September Issue records history in the making as US Vogue produced their largest ever issue. If you only watch one fashion documentary in your entire life, it needs to be this.
Bill Cunningham New York, by Richard Press
We all love street style, but do you ever think about who started it? Bill Cunningham dresses pretty conservatively, but the men and women who catch his eye are bright and bold. Whether you’re slipping by on a busy day or peacocking around fashion week, Bill doesn’t care who you are, it’s all about if you have style. “I’m not interested in celebrities with their free dresses!” he says, “I’m interested in clothes”. As Anna Wintour puts it, “it’s one or two snaps, or he ignores you, which is death!”
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel, by Lisa Immordino Vreeland
Thought Anna Wintour was blunt? Diana Vreeland was a revolutionary when it came to pushing fashion forward, seeing fashions change before anyone else. A young Mick Jagger? In the magazine, alongside doe-eyed Twiggy, models in bikinis (racy at the time!) and outlandish hair and make-up that would look at home on catwalks today – Diana loved to pile on the blusher, by the way. Diana was a force in fashion, as well as a socialite who could be found at Studio 54 and Andy Warhol’s Factory well into her 60s.
Fabulous Fashionistas, by Sue Bourne
Sure, we all know Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style, but Sue Bourne’s documentary Fabulous Fashionistas has a uniquely British take on some of England’s oldest style icons. Whether it’s Bridget hunting for her charity shop bargains and campaigning for awareness of older models, or Lady Trumpington and her love of catalogue blouses, the ladies in Fabulous Fashionistas are inspiringly, eccentrically and classically stylish – and guess what? They “don’t give a toss” what people think of them!