You don’t need an excuse to spend even more time on Netflix, but we’re here to give you a few anyway.
Next time you’re fighting with your partner over what to watch, whip out this curated list of fashion docos. They’re all available to stream right now.
The Director (2013)
Take a look behind the scenes of Gucci in this documentary directed by James Franco and Christina Voros. It follows Gucci’s previous creative director, Frida Giannini, over 18 months at the Italian fashion house. It’s a great retrospective given Alessandro Michele is now at the helm, providing a visual history of Gucci’s designs. If you’re still not convinced, it was first shown at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, so you know it’s a good pick.
If you’re one to queue for hours for a limited edition sneaker release, then this doco might as well have been made for you. Sneakerheadz explores the subculture of obsessive sneaker collectors. It also takes a broader look at the phenomenon’s influence on pop culture, as well as the impact a pair of shoes can have on the world.
We can’t express enough love for this one. Iris follows the exuberant life of Iris Apfel, the 95-year-old New Yorker known for her signature black frames and wildly eccentric style. The self-appointed “geriatric starlet” and former interior designer has apartments in New York and Palm Beach, dedicated to storing her extensive collection of clothes, accessories and homewares. As well as tracking her recent fame, the storyline also follows her lifelong love with her late husband, Carl Apfel.
Fresh Dressed (2015)
Chronicling the life of urban wear from the streets to the catwalk, this documentary sees the rise of a subculture that’s held its own among high fashion. It follows hip-hop’s influence on mainstream fashion, from humble beginnings to a billion dollar business. It features interviews with Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, Sean Combs, André Leon Talley, A$AP Rocky and more. In case the title wasn’t already enticing.
Cut From a Different Cloth (2015)
Cut From a Different Cloth documents the collaboration between Superdry and Idris Elba. Founders Julian Dunkerton and James Holder teamed up with the actor/musician/DJ to produce their first premium fashion line. It’s an interesting one to go behind the scenes of the Amercian/Japanese-inspired brand.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)
The Eye Has to Travel is an intimate look at the life and work of influential fashion editor, Diana Vreeland. It explores Vreeland’s life from childhood to her time at Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, with recorded audio and filmed interviews of the editor, colleagues, family and friends. As well as giving insight into Vreeland’s glamorous life, the film offers a glimpse of fashionable Paris during the Belle Époque.
While not exactly a documentary, we would be remiss to fail to mention Atelier. The Netflix original follows Mayuko as she leaves her country home to work for a high-class lingerie manufacturer in Ginza. Though somewhat dramatised, it’s a coming-of-age series that offers a behind-the-scenes look of a very glamorous industry.