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The Best Documentaries About Fashion 

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Updated December 9, 2019 373 votes 63 voters 14.9k views 37 items

List Rules 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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R.J. Cutler

Released: 2009

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Frédéric Tcheng, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Released: 2011

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.
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Richard Press

Actors: Bill Cunningham

Released: 2010

"Rarely has anyone embodied contradictions as happily and harmoniously as octogenarian New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham. Obsessed with how people dress, he unfailingly dons the ...more

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McQueen and I Louise Osmond

Actors: Detmar Blow, Isabella Blow, Naomi Campbell, Tom Ford

Released: 2011

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Tom Ford OWN Visionaries

Released: 2011

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Matt Tyrnauer

Actors: Giorgio Armani, Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti

Released: 2008

Valentino: The Last Emperor is a 2008 documentary film about the life of Valentino Garavani. It was produced and directed by Matt Tyrnauer, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair magazine. The ...more
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Douglas Keeve

Actors: Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington Burns, Linda Evangelista, Shalom Harlow, Isaac Mizrahi

Released: 1995

Unzipped is a 1995 American documentary film, directed by Douglas Keeve. It follows fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, Keeve's then boyfriend, as he plans and ultimately shows his fall 1994 ...more
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Loïc Prigent

Released: 2007

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Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens Barbara Leibovitz

Actors: Alan Yentob

Released: 2008

"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 ...more
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Anne Fontaine

Actors: Audrey Tautou, Alessandro Nivola, Bernard Frédéric, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain, + more

Released: 2009

Coco Before Chanel is a 2009 French film about the early life of famed French fashion designer Coco Chanel. French actor Audrey Tautou stars as Chanel. Coco avant Chanel was directed and ...more

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Catwalk Robert Leacock

Released: 1995

Catwalk is a 1996 documentary film directed by Robert Leacock.
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The Secret World of Haute Couture

Released: 2011

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Les Falbalas De Jean-Paul Gaultier

Released: 2004

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Signé Chanel

Released: 2006

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Lorna Tucker

Actors: Vivienne Westwood

Released: 2018

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
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Rodolphe Marconi

Actors: Alek Wek, Christy Bella Joiner, Brad Kroening

Released: 2007

Lagerfeld Confidential is a 2007 documentary directed by Rodolphe Marconi.
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Pierre Thoretton

Released: 2010

L'Amour Fou is a 2010 documentary film directed by Pierre Thoretton. "Yves Saint Laurent built one of fashion's most celebrated empires. This moving documentary chronicles his rise, his ...more
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In Vogue: The Editors Eye Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

Actors: Grace Coddington, Hamish Bowles, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele

Released: 2012

Documentary film takes a look at some of the world's most influential fashion images as conceived by the magazine's iconic fashion editors.
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Beniamino Barrese

Actors: Carlotta Antonelli, Beniamino Barrese, Benedetta Barzini

Released: 2019

The Disappearance of My Mother is a 2019 Italian documentary film directed by Beniamino Barrese. An ex-fashion model attempts to disappear despite her son's determination to make one last film ...more
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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs

Released: 2013

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The Legend of Leigh Bowery

Released: 2002

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Wim Wenders

Actors: Yohji Yamamoto

Released: 1989

Notebook on Cities and Clothes is a documentary film about Yohji Yamamoto directed by Wim Wenders.
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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Released: 2012

About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now is a 2012 documentary film directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
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Chasing Beauty Brent Huff

Actors: Traci Bingham, Dawn Ann Billings, Jo Baker, Kelly Anderson, William Barney

Released: 2013

Chasing Beauty is a 2013 biographical documentary film written by Brent Huff and Pete Sepenuk and directed by Brent Huff.
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Ashley Sabin, David Redmon

Released: 2011

Girl Model is a 2011 documentary film following Ashley, a conflicted model scout recruiting young Siberian girls to model in Japan, and Nadya, a recruited 13-year-old who gets financially taken ...more