The Best Documentaries for the Fashion-Obsessed

Fashion month got you in a bit of a couture tizzy? Us too, so we’re planning to spend some time soaking in the genius and beauty of our favorite fashion films (non-fiction, that is) in between struggling to keep up with the inundation of shows and street style and influencer-clogged Instagram. Happy Netflix and Voguing!


One of the newer releases documenting the fashion set dives deep into the intricate imagination of Alexander McQueen, the legendary late designer of the eponymous brand. The film focuses on the shows, depicting the rich inner world and wild outward creativity of one of the most visionary minds of a generation

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Follow former creative director at Dior (and current head honcho at Calvin Klein) Raf Simons as he prepares for his debut couture collection at the storied fashion house – oh, and he has just eight weeks to get it done. Picturesque views of Paris and a behind-the-scenes look at the Dior atelier lead up to one of the most stunning couture shows in recent memory.

The September Issue

Ever wanted to see “The Devil Wears Prada” in real life? Follow the queen of Vogue, Anna Wintour, and her staff through the wildly complicated process of producing fashion’s biggest book: the Vogue September issue. If Andy Sachs had your dream job, then this is the best way to spend your Sunday night (unless you’ve got an appointment to be a glamazon skulking around in dark corners with some random hot fashion guy, then we’ll see you after the twins’ science project).

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

Any Carrie Bradshaw fans (and also everyone else) will appreciate this ode to the shoe designer who defined the luxury heel. The film features stars like Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, John Galliano, and Karlie Kloss singing the praises of one of fashion’s most acclaimed shoemakers.

The First Monday in May

No doubt you were as enthralled with this year’s stunning Met Gala looks as we were – go behind the scenes of the design, production, and execution of fashion’s night at the museum. This one’s another heavy hitter for big AW fans.

Lagerfeld Confidential

Follow the famously-private Karl Lagerfeld as he goes through his glamorous and chaotic daily routine. Learn what you can about the mysterious and insanely prolific creator behind Chanel, Fendi, and his own eponymous label as he jet-sets and opens up about his Germanic beginnings from behind his infamous obsidian sunglasses.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s

New York’s most iconic department store has a long and hefty history, all of which is explored down to the roots by this profile of the landmark building from the very beginning. The dedication of its patrons and workers within is exemplified by the cheeky death wish in the title.

Bill Cunningham: New York

Follow the late legendary street style photographer around his city on his trademark bicycle. As one of the most beloved figures within a notoriously hostile industry, Cunningham captured moments of bliss, stress, and everything in between, but it was all beautiful.


The world’s most fashionable nonagenarian is still vibrating with creativity and an eclectic sense of style. Soak it all in in this profile work about Mrs. Apfel’s flamboyant approach to fashion and a free spirit that’s still soaring high.


The uber design-minded will fall in love with this intimate depiction of one of the world’s most successful independent designers. Spread over four collections and a year of filming, “Dries” is a must-see for hopeful designers and anyone interested in the creative process of a fashion legend.

Photos from the films.

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