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The Best Documentaries About Fashion  

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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
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Frédéric Tcheng, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Lisa Immordino Vreeland
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
"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
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Douglas Keeve
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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Tom Ford OWN Visionaries
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Matt Tyrnauer
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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Lorna Tucker
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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Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens Barbara Leibovitz
"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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Les Falbalas De Jean-Paul Gaultier
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The Secret World of Haute Couture
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Signé Chanel
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Pierre Thoretton
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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Rodolphe Marconi
Lagerfeld Confidential is a 2007 documentary directed by Rodolphe Marconi.
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Catwalk Robert Leacock
Catwalk is a 1996 documentary film directed by Robert Leacock.
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Anne Fontaine
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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The Legend of Leigh Bowery
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Wim Wenders
Notebook on Cities and Clothes is a documentary film about Yohji Yamamoto directed by Wim Wenders.
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Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorfs
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Gérard Jugnot
"In 1577, the couturier Pic Saint Loup received a grand commission from King Henry III: to create the most beautiful wedding dress for the marriage of his nephew to a Spanish noble girl. So ...more
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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders
About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now is a 2012 documentary film directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders.
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In Vogue: The Editors Eye Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
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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Ashley Sabin, David Redmon
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
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Stéphane Brizé
"ean leads a pretty ordinary life : he spends his days happily between his construction sites and his house, with his loving wife and son. He feels comfortable in this routine. One day, as ...more