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Top 17 Fashion Documentaries to Watch On Netflix Now!

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It’s probably not surprising to learn that I like to watch fashion documentaries. Like any other documentary its interesting to watch how other people go through their lives. For me in particular I love seeing how other people in my field have succeeded. Most of the time stumbling and failing until they become the household names they are today. I also love history and if you read my fashion exhibition posts you’ll know I love fashion history in particular. Essentially that’s what a documentary is, isn’t? A look into the history of a person and their accomplishments, failures and in this case their imprint into the world of fashion.

 

Iris

This documentary follows 90 something fashion legend Iris Apfel and her husband Carl. The outspoken and fashion risk taker talks about her life, businesses and her take on fashion. Her mothers love of accessories was passed down to her, as you might notice by the endless amount of necklaces and bracelets she combines in one outfit. Both educational and sentimental the documentary shows how she combines art fashion and art into her life and career. It also shows how Iris and Carl have succeeded in their marriage since 1948. Iris’s background in interior design can be seen in the bold patterns she wears. Iris and Carls textiles company Old World Weavers is still a highly respected company today. A spitfire until this day her quick-witted humor and out of the box fashion will enthrall you.

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Franca: Chaos and Creation

Follow the late Editor in Chief of Vogue Italia as her son asks her both personal and industry related inquires. Franca Sozzani edited her magazine completey opposite to that of American Vogue Editor and Chief Anna Wintour. Photoshoots representing econominical, societal, environmental and at times extremely sexual situations became the norm for Vogue Italia. Franca believed that Vogue should speak on all aspects of life and especially the problems that needed to be spotlighted. For example after the BP oil spill of 2010 Franca organized a photo shoot showcasing models washed up on a beach covered in oil, representing the sea life destroyed by the event.

Unlike other fashion magazines Vogue Italia is often criticized and considered controversial because of the style of graphic photography highlighting social issues along side the latest fashion. The documentary not only shows the creation of Vogue Italia but the relationship between Franca and her son. Like most parents and their grown children the love, growth, understanding and mutual humor is showcased in this touching movie.

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Women He’s Undressed

A documentary about costume designer Orry-Kelly. Kelly was the rockstar of costumes in Hollywood for decades. Part sartorial reenactment and interview reality this documentary is both humorous and educational. Kelly was a jack of all trades trying to make money in his early years in New York City. Not long after he was dressing Katherine Hepburn and Ethel Barrymore. After a run in with the mob, Kelly left New York for Los Angeles. Los Angeles was a success for him where he worked for Warner Brothers making costumes for movies like Casa Blanca and many more blockbusters.

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Dior And I

Watch Dior’s previous Artistic Director Ralf Simons navigate the waters of the Haute Couture world as he creates his first collection for the iconic house.

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The First Monday in May

In the fashion universe The First Monday in May is the day of the Met Gala. The event is spearheaded by Vogue Editor in Chief Ana Wintour and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It showcases the collaborative process of creating the exhibition which always correlates with the theme of the gala. How Ana Wintour chooses who will be invited and where they will sit is also fascinating to watch.

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Inside British Vogue

Go inside the pages of British Vogue with this documentary. Watch how photo shoots and runway shows get created and completed across the pond. And of course the drama of rivalries and competitions that are can occur in the industry.

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Jeremy Scott the People’s Designer

Get a biographical look into the life of Moschino designer Jeremy Scott. The creator of the teddy bear, neon colored forks coming down the latest Moschino runway. His humble beginnings for the Missouri native are a far cry from the celebrities he dresses now like Katy Perry.

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Fresh Dressed

The rise of hip hop fashion and its influence on the fashion world.

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Blue Gold American Jeans

If you’re a vintage enthusiast this ones for you. Watch jean hunter Eric Schrader globe trot as he discovers rare jeans and how they became such a staple in fashion and everyday life.

 

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Casablancas The Man Who Loved Women

Learn how the top modeling agency Elite Models came to be with this biography of founder John Casablancas. The man known for creating supermodels.

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Cut From a Different Cloth

In this surprising documentary watch how creators of the brand Superdry and actor Idris Elba collaborate to create a clothing line.

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Sneakerheadz

Its what it sounds like! The sneaker version of MTV Cribs, sneaker lovers showing off their prized kicks.

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In Louboutin’s Shoes

Peek into the world of designer Christian Louboutin and his transition into the Asian market of luxury shoes.

 

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Yves Saint Laurent

Not a documentary but equally as interesting learn about the at times tumultuous life and career of Yves Saint Laurent.

 

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Mexico Disena

If you watch Project Runway this is for you. Mexico Disena is the Mexican version, showcasing 11 contestants battling for the final fitting.

 

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Abstract

A look into different types of designers and their creative process. From automotive designers to footwear designers plus six other creative fields are showcased.

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The Women’s List

This documentary interviews successful women who have conquered all different kinds of professional fields. Creator of Spanx Sara Blakely talks about how a she took a chance that paid off tens times over.

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Have you watched any of these? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments and on social media.

T.S.

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The Museum at FIT’s Exhibition’s Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme( Safari, Mountaineering, Space and Sea)

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This is a continuation post on the current exhibition at the Museum at FIT. Read my previous post on the Arctic part of the exhibit here. This part will cover the Safari, Space and Ocean sections of the exhibition. As you walk from each section your are transported into different exploration settings. By far my favorite setting is that of the Space collection which included a futuristic spaceship inspired installation. Although choosing my favorite fashion piece would be much more difficult for me.

 

Safari

Fashion specific for expeditions came from the safari treks explorers made and their need for durable clothing. During the 19th century the wealthy took trips to Africa and returned home influenced by what they had discovered. While the world of explorations was growing so was fashion with the rise of retail in cities like New York and London. Retailers such as Abercrombie and Fitch were transcending the Khaki uniform of the safari into everyday wear for Americans.

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Mountanieering

Short semi-fitted down-filled coats were invented in the 1930’s, but were reintroduced by Mount Everest mountaineers Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary on 1953. While military inspired jackets came thanks to the Korean war and the M-8 and M-51 jackets worn by the military. By the 1970’s down-filled jackets were being created by both fast fashion brands and higher end houses.

 

Space

Expeditions to the moon and space age discoveries inspired designers during the 1960’s. Parisian designers André Courreges, Paco Rabanne and Pierre Cardin lead the way in bringing the youth quake fashions of London and New York to Paris. Miniskirts, sleek pantsuits, metallic and plastic fabrics were some of the major trends of this movement. Combining the craftwork of couture and youthful modernity made these designers the pioneers for trendy Parisian fashion.

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Sea

By the 1950’s deep sea divers were wearing light weight scuba suits. As opposed to the heavier helmet and suit of the past, which were only worn by explorers. The lighter suit encouraged the public to explore the underwater world. By the 1960’s famed editor Diana Veerland directed Vogue magazine to shoot models in wetsuits, mask, google, and flippers. Other magazines followed suit expanding on the trend. By the 1980’s the scuba material neoprene was being used by fashion designers in both couture and ready to wear.

Now you know who you can thank for the everyday puffers and stretchy neoprene pants! The Exhibition Expedition Fashion From the Extreme is on display at the Museum at FIT until January 6th.

T.S.

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The Museum at FIT’S Expedition: Fashion from the Extreme (Arctic)

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Currently on display at The Museum of FIT is the exhibition Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme. The exhibition explores how the discoveries during ocean, space and mountain expeditions influenced fashion. During the 17th century people began to explore the natural world and by the 19th century crucial parts of science such as biology were being discovered. Author of Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea and creator of science fiction, Jules Verne impacted society with his stories that were based on the latest discoveries. While Charles Darwin’s work was also impactful on the way society viewed the natural world. Science, new worlds discovered as well as indigenous people and their culture inspired western fashion for eternity.

 

Arctic: The very first extreme exploration took place during the 1880-1920’s with the Heroic Age of Arctic Exploration. Explorer Robert Leary returned in 1909 to America wearing fur originally worn by the indigenous Inuit people of the North Pole. By 1919 designers in New York showcased fashion influenced by Siberian objects in the American Museum of Natural History. WWII created a need for arctic inspired clothing for soldiers whose uniforms and parka’s were influenced by the Inuit people of the North Pole. Once the 1960’s arrived fashion publications such as Vogue sent models to the Arctic to (photo) shoot amongst the icebergs in the latest fashions. In the 1990’s the parka took on various forms during the eras hip-hop rise. Both designers, such as Tommy Hilfiger and rappers adopted the coat as a statement piece that eventually became an everyday coat. The exhibition showcases both indigenous Arctic fashions and modern-day Arctic inspired pieces.

I will have two other post on the Safari, Space and Deep Sea parts of the exhibition as well. Expedition: Fashion From the Extreme is open until January 6, 2018 at the Museum at FIT.

T.S.