If you’ve been in a fashion rut, these documentaries will reignite your love of style. Prepare to get a rush of adrenaline walking past department store windows, look forward to next Fashion Week, and overdress for your next Starbucks run.
Just make plans to chill this weekend, because your Netflix queue is about to get a makeover, and after watching these flicks, you’ll feel like you’re falling in love with fashion all over again.
The streets of Manhattan act as the backdrop for this irresistible documentary. Street fashion photographer and blogger Ari Seth Cohen discovered his love of older women and their confident, glamorous style at a young age through his close relationships with his grandmothers and decided to photograph stylish women over the age of 60. In this film, Ari follows his personal posse of elderly women who view getting dressed as an artistic process of self-expression in preparation for their active social lives. Among these women are ladies who make their own accessories from recycled toilet paper rolls and fake eyelashes from their own hair. These vivacious women prove that fashion isn’t just for the young. Advanced Style is the type of documentary that will have you grinning from ear to ear and makes aging look like loads of fun.
Iris Apfel has a long history in the design industry, having worked in textiles and on design restoration at the White House for nine presidents. This documentary shows an intimate look into this extraordinary woman’s career and her extensive collection of accessories. Her unique variety of costume jewelry even starred in its own exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in 2005. This documentary will make you fall in love with Iris, her sassy and sweet personality, and the fact that she seems completely indifferent, if not a little surprised by her fame.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like for a new designer to take over as creative director of a storied design house, this documentary shows you in detail. In 2012, Raf Simons became the new creative director at Christian Dior after several seasons with Jil Sander, earning him a reputation as a minimalist. Frustrated by his new reputation, Simons took over a house known specifically for its femininity and romanticism. The film follows Simons and his team as they work to live up to the iconic standards at Christian Dior. It also shows the many people we don’t normally hear from, including the textile makers and seamstresses, who hand-stitch the dresses and who are just as emotionally invested in the garments as the designer himself. This personal look at Dior is emotive, memorable, and should not be missed.
This documentary was released last year and just made it’s way onto Netflix. It follows Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott as he prepares for his first few Moschino runway shows, and provides insight to how he went from a “farm-boy” to one of the most divisive figures in fashion today. It also provides interviews with both his critics and his many celebrity fans. What makes this documentary stand out from the others is that Jeremy Scott is an outsider in the fashion industry. He’s not creating clothes for critics but for himself and his fans. This documentary is vital to any fan of his pop-culture inspired lines.
The star-studded Met Gala is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s multi-million dollar annual fundraiser for the museum’s Costume Institute. This film follows Anna Wintour and curator Andrew Bolton for a year as they plan for the debut of the 2015 exhibition: China: Through the Looking Glass. The documentary gives you a feel of just how exclusive this event is, how much goes into planning the event and explores the idea of fashion as art.
Orry-Kelly was an Australian-American costume designer to Hollywood stars in the for three decades between the ‘30s and ‘60s. He was the man behind some of the most iconic old-Hollywood stars and the glamourous movies they starred in. If you’ve ever seen Casablanca, An American in Paris, Oklahoma, or Some Like it Hot, you’ve seen his incredible craftsmanship. This film follows his incredible life, friendship with Cary Grant, Bette Davis, and other starlets while exploring what it was like to be a gay man in Hollywood at this time.
Follow Fridia Giannini, the former creative director of Gucci, as this 2013 film gives viewers an intimate look into her design process at one of the most iconic fashion houses in the world. She discusses her input and direction into every detail, including the selection of the models. James Franco makes a guest appearance as the face of Gucci cologne and also produced the film. As a fun bonus, you’ll also get a cool look at Fridia’s trip to Bejing, China (where she shops for some vintage Gucci) to prepare for the brand’s first runway show in the city.