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My Favorite Fashion Movies

2014 January 31


It’s almost Friday night and since you are clearly staying in (right?? please say I am right…don’t make me feel bad), I thought I would give you something to do.

I am a fanatic about fashion documentaries. I just love them so much. There is something about that inside look at the industry that is so much more interesting than anything you see on the pages of your magazines each month. I have always dreamed of working in the fashion business and since that ship has likely sailed, I choose to live vicariously through my television instead.

Here are my absolute favorites:

Catwalk. This 1995 doc follows supermodel Christy Turlington at the height of her supermodeldom as she navigates Fashion Week runways around the world, shoots multiple editorial spreads and campaigns, and parties with Kate, Naomi, Linda et al. Turlington has always been one of my favorites, in large part due to this film. I owned it on VHS and watched it until the tape basically wore thin. Now you can see it (in parts) on YouTube here.

The September Issue. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s time. The September Issue offers an unparalleled look inside the pages and offices of Vogue as they plan for their biggest issue of the year. It’s fashion porn for those of us fascinated by it and leaves you flipping through your monthly with a different point of view. Also the most access Anna Wintour has ever given to anyone. And it’s good.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s. I just found out this was on Netflix last weekend and spent my Sunday afternoon in fashion heaven. This look at the history and heritage of one of New York City’s most famed fashion emporiums is filled with inspiration, beauty and style. It looks at the store, the famous window displays and the designers who have called it home, leaving you looking for more.

Valentino: The Last Emperor. This is a look at the Italian designer and his empire through the lens of Vanity Fair correspondent Matt Tyrnauer. Glam, glam, glam.

Bill Cunningham New York. A fascinating look at the New York Times style photographer and his day-to-day life, riding around the city in search of inspiration on his bike. You get to learn a little more about the man behind the famous lens, though not too much…and certainly see the world of street style through a unique set of eyes. Should be on Netflix.

And here are a few I still need to watch:

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

Mademoiselle C

McQueen and I

And coming soon, just announced: Five Years – The Victoria Beckham Fashion Story. On Skype, of all places. Whatever. I will be there. Not taking calls. 😉

Happy Friday!

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Megan permalink
    February 1, 2014

    Hope you are watching The Fashion Fund! You would love it. Vogue and CFDA show. Airs on Ovation on Wednesday nights.

  2. February 1, 2014

    Thank you for the recommendations! I have seen The September Issue at least five times and I love it more and more upon each viewing. It’s a great film.

    The Rambling Fangirl

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