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This is a must-watch list of the 30 best fashion movies of all time for everyone interested in the world of fashion.

A highly-curated selection of the top 30 best fashion movies of all time, with the aim of keeping you inspired, motivated, and most of all, entertained.

You’ll discover how Anna made Vogue the iconic fashion magazine of today, the rise of McQueen, and the creative madness of Westwood.

You’ll also brush up on some fashion history with the houses of Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, and Coco Chanel, and the stories of the greatest fashion designers ever.

Without further ado, here we go with the top 30 best fashion movies of all time!





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McQueen

Documentary (2018)
1h 51m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“McQueen offers an intimate, well-sourced, and overall moving look at a young life and brilliant career that was tragically cut short.”

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IMDB: 7.8/10

Rotten Tomato: 99%

A personal look at the extraordinary life, career, and artistry of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

McQueen, the designer, started creating in his teens before getting noticed and working as a designer for Givenchy.

Shortly after, he launched his label, which continues to this day.

Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite visuals, and music, ‘McQueen‘ is an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary who took his own life in 2010.

A must-see for all fashion lovers.


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The First Monday In May

Documentary (2016)
1h 30m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“First Monday in May may not resonate far beyond its target demographic, but for fashion aficionados, it should prove utterly absorbing.”

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IMDB: 7.2/10

Rotten Tomato: 77%

The First Monday in May‘ follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibition in history:

“China: Through The Looking Glass,”

The exhibition was an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions organized by MET’s Costume Institute curator, Andrew Bolton.

With unprecedented access, filmmaker Andrew Rossi captures the collision of high fashion and celebrity at the Met Gala, one of the biggest global fashion events chaired by the Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour.

The documentary features a cast of renowned artists in many fields (including filmmaker Wong Kar Wai and fashion designers Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and John Galliano) and contemporary pop icons like Rihanna.

The movie dives into the debate about whether fashion should be viewed as art.





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Mademoiselle C

Documentary (2013)
1h 33m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“A somewhat interesting documentary that brings you into the inner workings of a magazine, though if you are not a fashion junkie, it is a bit hard to follow.”

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IMDB: 5.7/10

Rotten Tomato: 47%

As the editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris for 10 years, from 2001 to January 31, 2011, Carine Roitfeld has built a reputation as one of fashion’s most influential movers.

Her inner circle of friends includes Versace, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Riccardo Tisci, Diane Von Furstenberg, and Alexander Wang.

Yet few people outside the fashion world have heard of her…until now.

Mademoiselle C‘ chronicles Carine’s resignation from Conde Nast and the launch of her new magazine ‘CR Fashion Book’.

The movie gives a rare inside glimpse at the inner workings of Roitfeld’s professional world and personal life.

It is a film about transition, letting the audience follow as Carine moves to New York, starts a new business, and prepares to become a grandmother.

A movie filled with models, celebrities, and eccentric personalities that make the world of fashion so entertaining.


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Yves Saint Laurent

Drama/LGBTQ+ (2014)
1h 50m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“While it boasts its share of fine performances, Yves Saint Laurent is also disappointingly bland and formulaic, especially given its subject’s dazzling reputation.”

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IMDB: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomato: 44%

One of the best French biographical drama fashion movies of all time, ‘Yves Saint Laurent’ is based on the life of Yves Saint Laurent from 1958.

The movie picks up with Saint Laurent as a 21-year-old nervy and tortured by a self-doubt boy.

It’s 1957, and he’s the new head designer of France’s biggest fashion house, Christian Dior.

A couple of years later, he suffers a mental breakdown after being bullied about his sexuality and forced to fight in the Algerian war.

As Saint Laurent battles coke addiction and depression, Pierre Bergé appears as a businessman who becomes YSL’s bodyguard, business partner, and boyfriend.

*To those interested in YSL, the 2010 ‘L’Amour Fou‘, is another documentary I recommend you watch.





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Valentino: The Last Emperor

Documentary (2008)
1h 36m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Valentino: The Last Emperor utilizes its access to the fashion icon to the fullest, and the result is a glitzy, dishy, and insightful documentary.”

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IMDB: 7.2/10

Rotten Tomato: 77%

Famed Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani opened his first fashion house in 1959.

In 2007, Valentino announced his retirement plans and began preparing for his final show.

This documentary follows Valentino during the last two years of his time as a designer, accompanied by Giancarlo Giammetti, his patient partner in both business and life.

As Valentino gets ready to conclude his fashion career, he worries about ‘corporate intentions’ to buy his clothing line.


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Prêt-à-Porter (Ready To Wear)

Comedy/Satire (1994)
2h 13m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Ready to Wear is all appetizers: the main course never arrives. It seems like a long wait to get to the various punch lines. Yet it is not unenjoyable!”

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IMDB: 5.2/10

Rotten Tomato: 24%

Prêt-à-Porter‘, released in the US as Ready to Wear, is a 1994 American satirical comedy-drama film.

Co-written, directed, and produced by Robert Altman, the movie was shot on location during Paris Fashion Week to capture the essence of 90s fashion.

As models, designers and journalists gather for Paris Fashion Week, Fashion Council head Olivier de la Fontaine chokes to death on a sandwich.

Olivier leaves behind a wife, a mistress, and a mysterious Russian companion who has fled the scene.

As the death is being investigated, three rival magazine editors vie for the exclusive services of a trendy photographer while two journalists begin a hotel room tryst.

The film features a host of international stars, models, and designers such as Marcello Mastroianni, Sophia Loren, Kim Basinger, Lauren Bacall, Julia Roberts, Tim Robbins, Lili Taylor, Anouk Aimée, and Sally Kellerman.





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The Devil Wears Prada

Comedy/Drama (2006)
1h 50m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“A rare film that surpasses the quality of its source novel, this Devil is a witty expose of New York’s fashion scene, with Meryl Streep in top form and Anne Hathaway more than holding her own.”

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IMDB: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomato: 75%

The naive, just-graduated in journalism Andrea Sachs lands a job in New York as a second assistant to Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of ‘Runway’ fashion magazine.

Miranda Priestly is a merciless executive; powerful, sophisticated, ruthless, and demanding, she’s unstoppable.

Emily, the first assistant, advises Andrea about the outrageous preferences and strange behavior of their cruel boss.

At the same time, Nigel, a fashion stylist, helps Andrea to dress more adequately for the environment.

In time, Andrea’s attitude and behavior change, affecting her private life.

At stake is her relationship with her boyfriend Nate, family, and friends.

But, step by step, Andrea learns that life is made of choices.


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Coco Avant Chanel (Coco Before Chanel)

Romance/Drama (2009)
1h 51m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Though it doesn’t quite capture the complexity of its subject’s life, Coco Avant Chanel remains a fascinating, appropriately lovely tribute.”

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IMDB: 6.7/10

Rotten Tomato: 64%

Young Coco Chanel (Audrey Tautou) works as a seamstress by day and a cabaret entertainer by night.

This is where Coco meets a wealthy heir (Benoît Poelvoorde), who becomes his fashion consultant and lover.

Tired of the flowery hats, tight corsets, and yards of lace that define women’s fashion, Coco uses her lover’s clothing as a starting point to distill an elegant and sophisticated line of women’s clothing that propels her to the top of Parisian haute couture.

In a mixture of brutal candor and tender sympathy, ‘Coco Before Chanel’ charts the rise of an ambitious but difficult woman.





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Dior and I

Documentary/LGBTQ+ (2014)
1h 30m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Dior and I will obviously appeal to fashion fans, but this beautifully tailored documentary may draw in even the least sartorially inclined.”

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IMDB: 7.3/10

Rotten Tomato: 84%

On the surface, Frédéric Tcheng’s documentary suggests an advertorial for the house of Dior (owned by the massive conglomerate LVMH).

Intriguing quotes from legendary founder Christian Dior are deployed to paint Raf Simons, the new artistic director, as a worthy successor.

The film is about Simons, an affable Belgian who befuddles the staff by asking to be called Raf, and his relationship with the Dior studio, where the clothes are sewn by hand, down to the last bead.

‘Dior and I’ give us a glimpse into the life of the seamstresses and cutters, artists in their own right.

For a more detailed insight into the life of this ICONIC fashion designer, I recommend ‘Dior’, the fashion book.

It is a deeply touching movie, showcasing the face of Dior from behind a curtain, just like the model that parades in a stunning dress and says, “I’m going to cry, it’s so beautiful.”


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The September Issue

Documentary (2009)
1h 30m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“This documentary about the making of Vogue’s biggest issue and its frosty editor-in-chief is fascinating eye candy and light-on-its-feet fun.”

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IMDB: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomato: 83%

This excellent documentary by R J Cutler follows Anna Wintour, the renowned editor of ‘Vogue’, as she prepares to launch Vogue’s September 2007 issue.

Weighing in at a record 840 pages, this edition is the magazine’s most important release, heralding the autumn fashions.

With a trademark bob and omnipresent dark glasses, as she carefully supervises each page of the magazine, Wintour comes across as a successful woman that knows exactly what the readers want.

The documentary has little to say about fashion and a lot about the ins and outs of media publishing and the workings of a magazine through the lens of its notoriously demanding meanie-in-chief, Anna Wintour.

See how Anna fights to maintain the brand she has brilliantly cultivated since taking over the editorial masthead in 1988.





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The True Cost

Documentary/Drama (2015)
1h 32m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“The ugliness beneath the glamour is exposed by this vitally important documentary that will either induce you into changing your ways or simply have you curling into a fetal position from despair.”

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IMDB: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomato: 63%

Directed by Andrew Morgan, this unique documentary focuses on fast fashion.

The director reveals several aspects of the garment industry, from production to the life of low-wage workers in developing countries to the after-effects such as river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease, and death.

With an approach that looks at environmental, social, and psychological aspects, Andrew examines consumerism and mass media, ultimately linking them to global capitalism.

The documentary is a collage of several interviews with environmentalists, garment workers, factory owners, and people organizing fair trade companies or promoting sustainable clothing production.


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Fresh Dressed

Documentary/Musical (2015)
1h 30m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Fresh Dressed offers an intelligent, entertaining overview of the fashion that helped define and spread a culture.”

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IMDB: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomato: 91%

A fascinating chronicle of hip-hop, urban fashion, streetwear, and the hustle that brought oversized pants and graffiti-drenched jackets from Orchard Street to high fashion catwalks and the world’s shopping malls.

Director Sacha Jenkins’ music-drenched history draws from a rich mix of archival materials and in-depth interviews with rappers, designers, and other industry insiders.

The documentary features many contemporary celebrities such as Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean “Puffy” Combs, Nas, Pusha T, Swizz Beatz, Damon Dash, Andre Leon Talley, A$AP Rocky, Marc Ecko, Big Daddy Kane, Kid ‘N Play & many others.





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Bill Cunningham New York

Documentary (2010)
1h 24m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Suffused with happiness and modest charm, Bill Cunningham New York offers a touching, gently humorous portrait of its subject without invading his jealously guarded privacy.”

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IMDB: 7.9/10

Rotten Tomato: 99%

Bill Cunningham, one of the mainstays of the New York Times, has been a contributor to the renowned newspaper for many decades.

The documentary is an exhaustive profile of Bill Cunningham and his work.

It includes interviews with friends and often his subjects such as Tom Wolfe, David Rockefeller, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

It also offers an in-depth look at the life of the eccentric chronicler of fashion, tirelessly snapping photos of and writing about interestingly attired celebrities or ordinary people he encounters on the street of New York.


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Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Documentary (2011)
1h 32m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“An affectionate portrait created with visual flair, Diana Vreeland is entertaining, informative, and stylish, largely due to its charismatic subject.”

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IMDB: 7.6/10

Rotten Tomato: 94%

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel‘ is an intimate portrait and a vibrant celebration of one of the most influential women of the 20th century, an enduring icon whose influence changed the face of fashion, beauty, art, publishing, and culture forever.

Diana Vreeland’s life is presented from her early days in Paris, to her work as a columnist and magazine editor, and to her role as a curator of a fashion museum.

There is a lot to learn from the ex-editor-in-chief of Vogue, fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar – where she worked for 25 years, and her remarkable stints at the Met’s Costume Institute, where she helped popularise historical collections.





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Franca: Chaos and Creation

Documentary (2016)
1h 20m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“By turns dramatic and lighthearted, this documentary is as captivating as the fiercely independent woman it celebrates.”

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IMDB: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomato: 62%

A creation by Francesco Carrozzini, this is a chronicle of the life and times of his mother, Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue and a fashion-world provocateur.

From the legendary “Black Issue” and the “Plastic Surgery issue,” Sozzani remains deeply committed to exploring subject matter off-limits to most in order to shake up the status quo and occasionally redefine the concept of beauty.

With interviews from Karl Lagerfeld, Bruce Weber, Baz Luhrmann, Courtney Love, and many others, Carrozzini gives us a ‘behind the scenes’ view into his mother’s creative process as well as a peek into her vulnerabilities, both past and present.

Deeply insightful and often emotional this film is like a love letter from a son to his mother.


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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

Documentary (2018)
1h 24m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist takes a thoroughly entertaining, albeit necessarily incomplete, look at the life and career of a British fashion pioneer.”

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IMDB: 6.1/10

Rotten Tomato: 80%

Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years.

Blending archival footage and insightful interviews, a unique portrait of Vivienne emerges and her fascinating network of collaborators.

The documentary takes viewers on Vivienne’s journey, from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan and to the designer responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our times.





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Dries

Documentary (2017)
1h 33m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“A truly inspiring documentary diving into the life of the Belgian designer, Van Noten, who built a career working outside the fashion-industrial complex.”

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IMDB: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomato: 77%

A unique documentary exploring the intense passion and distinctive talent that make Dries Van Noten one of the most exquisite fashion designers in the world.

For the first time, Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and rich home life and his emblematic fashion shows that have become ‘cult-like events’ at the Parisian Fashion week.

The precise steps taken by s Dries to conceive his collections, the choice for rich fabrics, embroidery, and printmaking were closely documented by Reiner Holzemer for an entire year.

The result is an excellent film that offers an insight into the life, mind, and creative heart of a Master Fashion Designer who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalization.


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The Gospel According To André

Documentary (2017)
1h 34m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“The Gospel According to André offers an engaging overview of its fascinating subject, even if his accomplishments, and outsize personality, prove too expansive for a single film.”

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IMDB: 6.7/10

Rotten Tomato: 87%

Gospel According to André is Kate Novack’s intimate portrait of André Leon Talley, one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.

The documentary takes the viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to becoming a fixture in the world of fashion.

Weaving together a wealth of archival footage from the most glamorous moments in fashion history with André’s poignant reflections on his life and career, ‘The Gospel According to André’ is a cinematic monument to one of the most unique figures of 20th Century American culture.

Featuring commentary from fashion luminaries including Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, and Tom Ford, ‘The Gospel According to André’ is an indispensable addition to the growing canon of fashion documentaries.





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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

Documentary (2013)
1h 34m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf’s is a fun documentary which ultimately doubles as an infomercial for the Manhattan store.”

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IMDB: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomato: 49%

Bergdorf Goodman Inc. is a luxury department store located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City and one of the most mythic all-American fashion emporiums.

The place of many ultimate fashion fantasies, Bergdorf Goodmans’ iconic Manhattan department store is now part of the history of fashion.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s‘ grants the audience with a rarified chance to peek behind the store’s backroom doors.

It is exclusive access to the fascinating inner workings and untold fabulous stories of Giorgio Armani, Candice Bergen, Manolo Blahnik, Isaac Mizrahi, and many other fashion giants.


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Unzipped

Documentary/Comedy (1995)
1h 13m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Unzipped displays the enchantment and prestige of the fashion world but simultaneously demystifies the artificial glam surrounding it.”

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IMDB: 6.5/10

Rotten Tomato: 80%

This behind-the-scenes documentary takes a lighthearted look at the fashion industry through the launch of New York City designer Isaac Mizrahi’s 1994 fall collection.

The film explores how Mizrahi drew inspiration from Eskimos and ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ to create his exclusive fashion line.

The documentary also reveals the harried reality of mounting a major fashion show.

Along the way, a number of bold-faced fashion icons and actors crop up, including John Galliano to Richard Gere.





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Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

Documentary/Drama (2007)
1h 30m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Manolo will please fashion fans, though its size and scope may not be a perfect fit for all viewers.”

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IMDB: 6.4/10

Rotten Tomato: 67%

Longtime fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this never-before-seen peek into Manolo Blahnik, a legendary shoe designer.

Manolo’s impeccable dedication to his craft set a fashion standard among celebrities, stylists, and industry icons.

The documentary features a ‘who’s who’ of the fashion and entertainment industries, including Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Paloma Picasso, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Rupert Everett, Karlie Kloss, André Leon Tally, and more.


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Notebook on Cities and Clothes

Documentary/World Cinema (1989)
1h 21m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Notebook on Cities and Clothes is on the point of cultural interaction, where the clothes are merely a pretext for an essay on the relationship between East and West, between originality and the endless reproduction.”

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IMDB: 6.5/10

Rotten Tomato: 80%

The prolific German documentary director Wim Wenders takes on the Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto as he prepares to create new designs for another season in Paris.

The director investigates Yamamoto’s creative process, skill, dedication, philosophy, and work and ponders the relationship between cities, identity, and cinema in the digital age of electronic data and computerized images.





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Lagerfeld Confidential

Documentary (2007)
1h 31m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Lagerfeld Confidential is more vanity project than documentary, revealing little of its evasive subject.”

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IMDB: 6.7/10

Rotten Tomato: 43%

This documentary profiles notoriously private fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld.

In his own words, Lagerfeld recounts his turbulent upbringing in Germany.

Realizing at 13 that he was homosexual, Lagerfeld moved to Paris as a teenager to begin his fashion career.

In between discussing his work and his views on matters from clothing to literature, Lagerfeld travels restlessly from his many homes to fashion shows and photoshoots, trailed by admirers like Nicole Kidman.


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Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton

Documentary/World Cinema (2007)
1h 22m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“While haute couture may be an acquired appreciation, this documentary is specific in its focus – it is about Marc Jacobs and his creation process at Louis Vuitton. “

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IMDB: 6.8/10

From Japan to America, the LV logo dominates the fashion scene.

But, behind Louis Vuitton’s creations is one man, the exceptional Marc Jacobs.

With unprecedented access to one of the world’s hottest and busiest designers, the director offers an intimate and revealing portrait of the reclusive Marc Jacobs and the world of haute couture.

Whether in the offices and workrooms of Paris and New York, in the back of his car, or backstage at a fashion show, we see a genius at work.

Jacobs endures unimaginable pressure to chart new paths in fashion as he straddles the demands of the Louis Vuitton conglomerate and his own Marc Jacobs label.





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The Next Black

Short Documentary (2014)
47m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“An exploration of the future of clothing, profiling forward-thinking companies who are at the forefront of redefining how and what we wear.”

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‘The Next Black’ is a pivotal conversation starter in the fashion industry.

Following its premiere in 2014, the bubbling conversation around fashion sustainability has broken out of its niche confines and into mainstream consciousness.

It’s an engaging visual introduction to how fashion is using technology and innovative fabrics to transform not just how clothes are produced but how people wear them.

Two years after its premiere, there have been huge strides, and even the most established brands are finally waking up to the commercial viability of technological solutions for eco-friendly design.

However, while ‘The Next Black’ focuses on technology and the eventual digitization of the fashion industry and what that will mean for everyday consumers,

this documentary is more than a glamorous ode to the future of fashion.

It’s a call to arms to think about fashion beyond the next five minutes – something both consumers and industry impresarios are guilty of.


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The Artist Is Absent: A Short Film On Martin Margiela

Short Documentary (2015)
12m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“The life and career of reclusive Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela and his renegade catwalk.”

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Martin Margiela is the most elusive figure in fashion.

His work at his eponymous house, founded in 1989, is defined by his devotion to anonymity: both as a personal preference and as a creative theme, his legacy is immense and yet still shrouded in mystery.

Alison Chernick’s 12-minute documentary traces Margiela’s career and aesthetic through interviews with an assortment of industry figures.

From former boss Jean-Paul Gaultier to Vogue’s Suzy Menkes, the film offers a brilliant insight into the history of a man who changed and obscured the face of fashion.


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In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

Documentary (2012)
1h 30m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“The life and career of reclusive Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela and his renegade catwalk.”

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IMDB: 7.3/10

It might be hard to believe, but 2022 will mark the 130th birthday of Vogue magazine.

When it first started, there were no photographs, just illustrations and a focus on society women.

After Condé Nast took over in 1909, things changed, with photography introduced and fashion becoming the focal point of the weekly.

Of course, the publication eventually became a monthly paper riding the social tides and political changes, slowly becoming the magazine we know today.

To commemorate the journey, directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have put together ‘In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye’.

A brief flip through the pages of the magazine’s editorial history, particularly the women whose influence and determination not only allowed the magazine to stay relevant but maintain its position at the forefront of its many competitors.

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Picture Me: A Model’s Diary

Documentary (2009)
1h 22m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“A young model charts her rise from unknown to her picture’s placement on billboards and magazines, who has a breezy nature and openness in front of the camera,
 which means we see her at her best and worst.”

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IMDB: 6.3/10

Rotten Tomato: 55%

Review revealing and engaging, ‘Picture Me’ is a raw and personal video diary of the charts model Sara Ziff.

Follow Sara’s rise from a young fashion face to one adorned by billboards and fashion magazines worldwide.

Ziff and filmmaker Ole Schell co-direct the documentary, which lifts the veil on the glamorous world of high fashion modeling from photo shoots with celebrated photographers to runway shows in New York, Milan, and Paris.

The film depicts the ever-increasing demand for adolescent models, the pressure to stay thin, sexual harassment, and drug use.

This intimate account features in-depth interviews with noted photographers and designers and showcases personal footage shot by the models themselves, giving voice to those who are often seen but rarely heard.


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Advanced Style

Documentary/Drama (2014)
1h 12m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“Colorful, witty, and uplifting, Advanced Style celebrates the life and pays tribute to those who flout convention.”

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IMDB: 7.3/10

Rotten Tomato: 89%

Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s Advanced Style blog, this film charts the stylish lives and wardrobes of seven of New York’s most fabulous senior citizens.

Proving that style is eternal, the older generation discusses their bursting wardrobes and how their attitudes to getting dressed have seen them go against the grain.

As one of them puts it: ‘I never wanted to look young, I wanted to look great!’

Expect false eyelashes, lace ruffs, and feather boas: none are off-limits.

Official website and trailer here.


30/30
McQueen and I

Documentary/Biography (2011)
1h 11m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“The documentary allows you to connect with McQueen not by excessively exploring his early life.”

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IMDB: 7.4/10

The 30 best fashion movies of all time must end how it has started, with the best fashion designer of all time, Lee Alexander McQueen.

Fashion’s ‘enfant terrible’, McQueen defied convention and upset the fashion press with his designs: he dreamt up the infamous ‘bumster’ trousers and pairs of Armadillo heels made famous on the feet of Lady Gaga.

Whereas Savage Beauty, the show which attracted hoards to the V&A, was primarily a celebration of his work, this Channel 4 documentary is a retrospective of his life, sadly cut short by suicide in 2011.

Using archive footage and interviews from those closest to him, the documentary provides a deep insight into the unique genius of his transformative runway shows and the relentless pace and pressure of production.

Beginning with his early years as a tailor on Savile Row, through his discovery by (and close friendship with) the equally eccentric Isabella Blow, and ending with him as one of the industry’s most innovative and troubled talents.


BONUS
House Of Gucci

Biography/Drama (2021)
2h 38m

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CRITICS SUMMARY

“House of Gucci adds up to a fascinating story of betrayal, decadence, revenge, and eventually murder with a knockout performance by Lady Gaga”

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IMDB: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomato: 62%

Based on the 2001 book ‘The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamour, and Greed‘ by Sara Gay Forden, House Of Gucci is an American biographical crime drama film directed by Ridley Scott.

The movie follows the story of Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga) and Maurizio Gucci (Adam Driver) as their romance transforms into a fight to control the Italian fashion house Gucci.

Patrizia is big, bold, and manipulative; Maurizio is quiet, intellectual, and compartmentalizes his emotions.

Told from the perspective of Patrizia, with a memorable performance by Lady Gaga – the movie reveals how the combination of these two personality types shifts from a love story into a fire burning everything to the ground.

Conclusion

This highly curated list of the top 30 best fashion movies of all time is your fast track to the history of fashion and more.

Moreover, if you’ve hit a creative plateau and don’t know what to do next, these movies will give you plenty of motivation to keep chasing your dreams.

Hope you’ll enjoy watching them, at least as much as I’ve loved putting them together.

Have fun!

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Katherine Saxon
Katherine Saxon
A University of Oxford graduate in Design History, Katherine Saxon is researching arising TikTok cultures from a consumer psychology perspective while covering emerging aesthetics in fashion and beauty for TheVOU, Forbes, Business Insider, and more.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. HERE ARE MY FAV FASHION AND STYLE MOVIES IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT STREETWEAR

    RESERVOIR DOGS (1992)
    KIDS (1995)
    WALL STREET (1987)
    TRAINSPOTTING (1996),
    QUADROPHENIA (1979)
    LES CHORISTES (2004)

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