The fashion industry is mistaken to be mostly about glitz and glamour but there’s a lot more to it. Ahead of Fashion Month we’ve rounded up the best fashion documentaries on Netflix that have a wealth of knowledge to share on important industry figures and brands. These films give outsiders a look into the hard work needed to succeed in a field that relies heavily on aesthetics, design and style. We see what it takes to pull off the Met Gala without a hitch and also go behind-the-scenes at Chanel‘s SS18 presentation. Pivotal players like Elite’s John Casabalancas and Vogue Italia‘s Franca Sozzani are highlighted in these films sharing the personal aspect to their illustrious careers.
Peep our list of ten binge-worthy Netflix movies and series below.
Episode one of Netflix’s 7 Days Out takes us behind the scenes at Chanel‘s Spring/Summer 2018 Haute Couture show. We watch Chanel’s art director Karl Lagerfeld and his team bring the creations to life for a stunning runway show. In true Lagerfeld fashion, expect humor, style and all the theatrics associated with high fashion.
The Netflix Originals series Abstract: The Art of Design profiles the most forward-thinking minds in architecture, stage design and illustration. The first season starts out with heavy hitters like Nike legend Tinker Hatfield and graphic designer Paula Scher. Those looking to see what it takes to harness their creative talents should peep the inspiring stories of these mavericks.
John Casablancas, founder of Elite Modeling Management, changed the fashion industry forever with his eye for beauty. His ground-breaking company is responsible for ushering in the age of the supermodel with names such as Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell and Gisele Bündchen. Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women follows the life of the Casablancas and gives watchers a deeper view into the development of modern modeling.
Dries “explores the intense passion and distinctive talent that makes Dries Van Noten one of the most unique fashion designers in the world.” Van Noten’s designs are instantly recognizable and that is by no mistake. The camera picks up all of the raw energy and anxiety that can come with producing internationally-acclaimed clothing.
Franca Sozzani served as Vogue Italia‘s editor-in-chief for thirty years ushering in a new era of fashion journalism. Using photography and high fashion art she was able to create some of the most memorable magazine covers we’ve ever seen. Her son and the documentary director Francesco Carrozzini, captures the pure talent of his mother and highlights their endearing relationship.
Jeremy Scott has larger-than-life dreams that have come to life through his Moschino label. His fearless and bold designs have become the favorites of celebrities like Katy Perry and CL. Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer follows Scott as he prepares for a runway show that his legacy and reputation depend on.
Legendary makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin is well known for his contributions in the beauty industry and beyond. He worked with some of the top talent of the ’80s and ’90s establishing himself as a visual innovator. His documentary includes personal footage from his career paired with interviews from celebrities who knew him best. We learn of his personal struggles as well as his triumphs in the touching film.
Manolo Blahnik is often referred to as the greatest shoemaker of the 21st century. His love of footwear began as a child and later grew into a full-grown obsession. His style and vision has been immortalized in the women’s shoes he crafted from a vivid imagination. We learn more about the man and the myth in this illuminating documentary.
The Met Gala is one of “the fashion world’s most dynamic annual events” where celebrities, models and insiders gather to raise money for the Met Museum’s Costume Institute and new themed exhibit. The First Monday in May follows Anna Wintour and her staff as they overcome obstacles to a produce a flawless night.
Fashion’s role as one of the most polluting industries in the world is no secret. The True Cost connects the dots between sweatshop workers and the clothing that is sold in city malls. The eye-opening documentary displays the effects of rampant consumerism and the endless trend cycle.