With the international fashion weeks peeking at us from right around the corner, all but close enough to touch, we’ve got just what you need to set the mood from some high-profile fashion. If you’ve been getting FOMO from missing all the live action, allow your Netflix subscription to serve as an exclusive ticket into the privileged world of couture. Pop some corn and indulge your inner voyeur with these behind-the-scenes documentaries and biographies that follow fashion’s most celebrated names.
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer
From the producer of Valentino: The Last Emperor , comes another biographical gem to feed our collective fashion fetish, with Jeremy Scott occupying prime focus this time round. This 2015 documentary follows the journey of fashion’s favourite rebel, known for sending everything down the runway from graffiti to Bart Simpson references. Before you ask; yes, frequent clients Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Rihanna and Paris Hilton all drop by to light up the 108-minute runtime.
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards
If you weren’t already sold on the idea of looking at esteemed shoemaker, Manolo Blahnik’s life through a biographical lens, consider this: this 2017 documentary rewinds the clock back to his childhood in Canary Island where he quite literally designed shoes for lizards and his subsequent rise to fame, with A-listers Rihanna, Karlie Kloss and Iman frequently flitting across the screen.
You have worshipped at the altar of the art installations that he conjures on the catwalk, and now it’s time to know the man himself. German filmmaker Reiner Holzemer tails Dries Van Noten for the better part of a year to capture his collections coming to life and their emblematic representation on the runway.
Franca: Chaos and Creation
From director Francesco Carrozzini, comes a powerful portrait of his mother, Franco Sozzani, the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia, known best for her flair for the dramatic that often translated into thought-provoking covers. The 2017 documentary delves into the fashion revolution that she started when she took over the reins of the magazine in the late 80s, featuring insights from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Bruce Weber and Courtney Love.
House of Z
If there’s one thing more captivating than watching a trainwreck unfold before your eyes, it is watching it come back from the dust. And come back Zac Posen did, after falling from grace in the elite circles of the fashion industry. After a pink slip dress he designed for Naomi Campbell catapulted him to fame at the age of 20, his label went through some meteoric highs and spiralling lows, all in the span of the next decade. Posen takes the stage front-and-center in this documentary, chronicling the rocky road that led him to where he is now with a candidness as inspiring as his beautiful creations.
This 2014 documentary allows you to tag-team along with Iris Apfel, New York’s favourite style maven as she remains on the top of her game at the age of 96. The secret sauce behind her dazzling success in the world of fashion? “If you’re lucky enough to do something you love, everything else follows.”
Maddman: The Steve Madden Story
Because you know you can never have enough Steve Madden. Living up to the promise of the title, this featurette unfolds the story behind his billion-dollar empire spread across 65 countries, while taking on the financial scandal that found focus in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013).
Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women
“I’ve been approached many times by people wanting to tell the story of my life. Does it all add up to something meaningful? That, I really don’t know—but by God, have I had fun doing it!” proclaims John Casablancas, founder of Elite Model Management who is responsible for the careers of Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford among many other illustrious names. Released shortly before his death in 2013, the documentary follows his 30-year-long career and his unrepentant passion for “mixing my personal life with business,” in his own words.
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These films on Netflix are a must-watch for all true fashion lovers
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