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The Best Documentaries About Fashion

Updated May 17, 2021 559 votes 66 voters 15.4k views58 items

List RulesDocumentary 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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    McQueen and I

    Louise Osmond

    ActorsDetmar Blow, Isabella Blow, Naomi Campbell, Tom Ford

    Released2011

    McQueen and I is a 2011 American documentary film directed by Louise Osmond. A profile of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen....  more
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    Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

    Frédéric Tcheng, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

    Released2011

    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....  more
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    ActorsAnna Wintour, Thakoon Panichgul, André Leon Talley, Grace Coddington.

    Released2009

    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
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    Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

    Barbara Leibovitz

    ActorsAlan Yentob

    Released2008

    "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....
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    ActorsBill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Annette de la Renta

    Released2010

    Bill Cunningham New York is a 2010 American documentary film directed by Richard Press. Bill Cunningham, one of the mainstays of the New York Times, has been a contributor to the renowned newspaper...  more
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    Catwalk

    Robert Leacock

    ActorsChristy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Yasmin Le Bon, Kate Moss

    Released1995

    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
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    ActorsVivienne Westwood, Pamela Anderson, Christina Hendricks

    Released2018

    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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    ActorsBernard Arnault, Marc Jacobs, Jade Jagger

    Released2007

    Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton is a 2007 documentary film directed by Loïc Prigent. From Japan to America, the LV sign dominates the fashion scene. And, one man alone designs the Louis Vuitton creations...  more
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    Coco Before Chanel

    Anne Fontaine

    ActorsAudrey Tautou, Alessandro Nivola, Bernard Frédéric, Emmanuelle Devos, Marie Gillain

    Released2009

    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 co-written...  more

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    In Vogue: The Editors Eye

    Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato

    ActorsGrace Coddington, Hamish Bowles, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele

    Released2012

    In Vogue: The Editor's Eye is a 2012 documentary film directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. It takes a look at some of the world's most influential fashion images as conceived by the...  more
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    L'Amour Fou

    Pierre Thoretton

    ActorsYves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Betty Cartoux

    Released2010

    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 lifelong...  more
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    Unzipped

    Douglas Keeve

    ActorsNaomi Campbell, Christy Turlington Burns, Linda Evangelista, Shalom Harlow, Isaac Mizrahi

    Released1995

    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 collection....  more
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    ActorsGiorgio Armani, Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti

    Released2008

    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 film is...  more
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    Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston

    Whitney Sudler-Smith

    ActorsLiza Minnelli, Billy Joel, André Leon Talley, Pat Cleveland, Phillip Bloch

    Released2010

    Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston is a 2010 documentary film directed by Whitney Sudler-Smith. An exploration of the clothes, the glamour and the decadence of iconic fashion designer Halston....  more
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    ActorsVidal Sassoon, Mary Quant, Ronnie Sassoon

    Released2010

    "With the geometric, Bauhaus-inspired hairstyles he pioneered in the '60s and his "wash and wear" philosophy that liberated generations of women from the tyranny of the salon, Vidal Sassoon...  more
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    Viktor & Rolf: Because We're Worth It!

    Femke Wolting

    ActorsViktor Horsting, Rolf Snoeren

    Released2006

    Viktor & Rolf: Because We're Worth It! is a 2006 documentary film directed by Femke Wolting. At the end of the nineties, Viktor & Rolf broke into the international fashion world as innovative...  more
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    ActorsCarmen Dell'Orefice, Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Christie Brinkley.

    Released2012

    About Face: The Supermodels, Then and Now is a 2012 documentary film directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Carmen Dell'Orefice, Carol Alt, Isabella Rossellini, Christie Brinkley, Beverly Johnson...  more
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    Chasing Beauty

    Brent Huff

    ActorsTraci Bingham, Dawn Ann Billings, Jo Baker, Kelly Anderson, William Barney

    Released2013

    Chasing Beauty is a 2013 biographical documentary film directed by Brent Huff. A rare glimpse into the intriguing and complex world of modeling. Behind the glossy covers of Vogue and Glamour lie the...  more
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    Lagerfeld Confidential

    Rodolphe Marconi

    ActorsKarl Lagerfeld, Nicole Kidman, Brad Kroening

    Released2007

    Lagerfeld Confidential is a 2007 documentary directed by Rodolphe Marconi. It profiles notoriously private fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. In his own words, Lagerfeld recounts his turbulent...  more
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    ActorsWim Wenders, Yohji Yamamoto

    Released1989

    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
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    The Legend of Leigh Bowery

    Charles Atlas

    ActorsRachel Auburn, Lee Benjamin, Steve Blame

    Released2002

    The Legend of Leigh Bowery is 2002 documentary film directed by Charles Atlas. The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary....  more
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    A Man's Story

    Varon Bonicos

    ActorsOzwald Boateng, Giorgio Armani, Michael Bay

    Released2010

    A Man's Story is a 2010 documentary film directed by Varon Bonicos. A documentary about fashion designer Ozwald Boateng....  more
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    Girl Model

    Ashley Sabin, David Redmon

    Released2011

    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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    Fashion Victim

    Gérard Jugnot

    ActorsGérard Jugnot, Juan Diego, Bernard Le Coo, Assaad Bouab, Stéphane Debac

    Released2009

    "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 off goes...  more
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    Mademoiselle Chambon

    Stéphane Brizé

    ActorsAure Atika, Vincent Lindon, Sandrine Kiberlain, Bruno Lochet, Jean-Marc Thibault

    Released2009

    "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 he’s...  more