The Best Documentaries About Fashion

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Documentary films about fashion and the fashion industry.

This list is of the best documentaries about fashion has been ranked by the community and includes popular and recognizable titles, along with some independent films. What is the best documentary about fashion? Vote up your favorites below or add a fashion forward documentary that isn't already on the list.

As you vote, the order of the list will be changed to see which documentary about the fashion industry comes is the best. The list currently includes titles such as, Notebook on Cities and Clothes, Girl Model, and Bill Cunningham New York.

Documentaries are nonfiction and made with the intention of displaying reality for historical purposes and to educate viewers. Most documentaries are driven by independent filmmakers and those passionate about the topics they are portraying.
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  • Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel is a 2011 documentary film written and directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt and Frédéric Tcheng.
  • This documentary focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their "house" culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. ...more
  • The True Cost is a 2015 American documentary film directed by Andrew Morgan. Filmmaker Andrew Morgan travels around the globe to see the people who make clothes for the worlds fashion.
  • The September Issue is a 2009 American documentary film about the behind-the-scenes drama that follows editor-in-head Anna Wintour and her staff during the production of the September 2007 issue of ...more
  • Bill Cunningham, one of the mainstays of the New York Times, has been a contributor to the renowned newspaper for many decades. He's also an incurable and eccentric chronicler of fashion, tirelessly ...more
  • Made in Milan is a 1990 short documentary film about fashion designer Giorgio Armani; it shows him preparing for a show and discusses his ideas about fashion, his family history and the city of ...more
  • Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful is a 2020 documentary film directed by Gero von Boehm. The stars of Newton's iconic portraits and fashion editorials – from Catherine Deneuve to Grace Jones, ...more
  • Iris
    Iris is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Albert Maysles. A tribute to nonagenarian Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, longtime interior designer and outspoken champion of eclectic fashion.
  • Halston is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Frédéric Tcheng. Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the ...more
  • The Gospel According to Andre is a 2017 American documentary film directed by Kate Novack. This intimate portrait for André Leon Tally, a fixture in the world of fashion, takes viewers on a journey ...more
  • McQueen is a 2018 documentary film directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui. Mirroring the savage beauty, boldness and vivacity of his design, this documentary is an intimate revelation of ...more
  • Very Ralph is a 2019 American documentary film directed by Susan Lacy. A portrait of fashion icon Ralph Lauren, reveals the man behind the icon and the creation of one of the most successful brands ...more
  • Catwalk is a 1996 documentary film directed by Robert Leacock. The film depicts model Christy Turlington and her friends Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon, Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, Gail Elliott and ...more
  • 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 the ...more
  • Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is a 2018 documentary film directed by Lorna Tucker. A profile of punk fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her ...more
  • 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 ...more
  • "A fascinating documentary portrait of the legendary American photographer Annie Leibovitz, who introduced images of the Rolling Stones to the world and worked on the magazines Vanity Fair and Vogue. ...more
  • Notebook on Cities and Clothes is a 1989 documentary film directed by Wim Wenders. Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto talks about the creative process and ponders the relationship between ...more
  • Jean-Paul Gaultier travaille is a 2015 documentary film directed by Loïc Prigent. Jean-Paul Gaultier's job is not to make a show or a perfume, nor to speak to the media or to present shows on MTV, it ...more
  • Dries
    Dries is a 2017 German fashion documentary film directed by Reiner Holzemer. For the first time fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and rich ...more
  • House of Z is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Sandy Chronopoulos. A feature on the life and career of designer Zac Posen.
  • Franca: Chaos and Creation is a 2016 Italian documentary film directed by Francesco Carrozzini. A chronicle of the life and times of his mother, Franca Sozzani, the editor of Italian Vogue and a ...more
  • Maddman: The Steve Madden Story is a 2017 American biographical documentary film directed by Ben Patterson. Witness the incredible rise, fall, and resurrection of Steve Madden, the man who launched a ...more
  • Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer is a 2015 documentary film directed by Vlad Yudin. The journey of fashion designer Jeremy Scott from humble roots on a Missouri farm to creative director of ...more
  • Sneakerheadz is a 2015 American documentary film directed by David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge. Examines shoe collectors who go to extreme lengths to acquire a prized pair of sneakers.