The holiday season is here and you’ve got the time on your hands to get a little more cultured. Sure, you’ll be spending your days at the beach. But what about those nights at the bach or days when you’re too sunburnt to be outside?
writer Beatrice Hazlehurst has compiled the top ten must-see fashion documentaries for your summer streaming pleasure. Watch the trailers below and write yourself a little list to tick off by the time you head back to work!
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2010)
Valentino’s charm, like his tan, never fades, and both are particularly on point in this documentary of his final Haute Couture show before his retirement. We also meet the man behind the man, Valentino’s lover and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti, with an insight into their lavish life together.
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Follow the quirky and neurotic Isaac Mizrahi as he creates and executes his 1994 Fall collection. Be transported to famous times in fashion with ‘90s industry greats like Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell. Look forward to Linda Evangelista freak out about having to get naked next to Naomi and Carla Bruni, who she calls ‘the best bodies in the business’.
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Yves Saint-Laurent: L’amour Fou (2010)
Yves Saint-Laurent’s business and life partner recounts their 50 years together (after meeting at Christian Dior’s funeral in 1957) in a story where fashion meets love. Although the pair severed romantic ties in 1976, they continued to work together until Saint-Laurent’s death in 2008.
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Scatter my Ashes at Bergdorfs (2013)
Go behind the American dream with an exclusive insight into the department store coveted by designers and consumers alike. Joan Rivers, Nicole Ritchie, Dianne Von Furstenberg and the Olsen’s provide commentary on the legendary store, among many other fashion names. From window displays to esteemed personal shoppers, go behind the scenes to see what makes 5th
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Dior and I (2014)
Director Frédéric Tcheng is known for his success in the fashion documentary genre and Dior and I
is no exception. Meeting a successful run on the film festival circuit, Raf Simmons’ replacement of the disgraced John Galliano at the House of Dior is an elegant homage to fashion’s innovators.
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Mademoiselle C (2013)
Vogue Paris ex editor-in-chief and current global fashion director of BAZAAR
, Carine Roitfeld is a household name among fashion elite. Mademoiselle C
documents Roitfeld’s journey in launching her own magazine (CR Fashion Book
) in New York City, reminding audiences that fashion exists first and foremost to tell a story.
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Mark Jacobs and Louis Vuitton (2007)
Audiences’ first ever glimpse into Mark Jacobs as the creative director of Louis Vuitton does not disappoint. Funny and astute commentary, coupled with great content, gives true insight into Jacob’s artistic process.
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Chasing Beauty (2013)
The underbelly of the perceived glamour-filled lifestyle of the modeling industry is rarely illuminated, the motivation behind Chasing Beauty.
With stories from both aspiring and retired models as well as beauty experts, the documentary demonstrates how to make it in a cut-throat industry – without getting lost along the way.
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Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
Anna Wintour’s testimonial for Bill Cunningham (‘we all get dressed for Bill’) sheds light on a photographer famous for bringing street style to The New York Times
. Now 85, Bill Cunningham continues his one-man tirade to exhibit life as the real catwalk.
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Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel (2011)
Diana Vreeland, socialite, visionary and editor extraordinaire, gave people what they wanted before they knew they wanted it. Before Anna Wintour, Diana was the fearless and fearsome editor of Vogue, recreating fashion as a religion and rebranding Vogue the bible. Created by one of her grandson’s wives, The Eye has to Travel
celebrates a woman who celebrated individuality for all its flaws.
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