Netflix Binge in Style: Fashion Focused Films to Watch Over Break
Here are some great fashion-focused films and documentaries to binge watch over this long break!
1. Future of Fashion With Alexa Chung
In British Vogue’s YouTube series, Future of Fashion, Alexa Chung gives us an inside look into all different sectors of the fashion industry through the perspectives of fashion-world leaders in their respected fields. The first series takes place in London in which Alexa interviews designers, such as Christopher Kane and Olivier Rousteing, about how to break into the fashion industry as well as about important issues in the fashion industry such as body image, feminism, and everything in between.
In the second season, Alexa goes to New York City to interview the founders of prominent fashion businesses such as Brian Phillips, the founder of Black Frame PR, Carol Lim and Humberto Leon, the founders of Opening Ceremony (and the creative directors of Kenzo), and Leandra Medine, the founder of Man Repeller. There is also a full 30-minute documentary separate from these two series on how to get a job at Vogue! The series can either be watched in segments, divided up by concept and fashion sector, or in full. It is available on YouTube or on the British Vogue website
This is a documentary about fashion icon, Iris Apfel. Known for her unique sense of style, this 93-year-old has been prominent in the New York Fashion scene for many decades. Through this documentary we get to learn more about Iris’s experiences and appreciate her quick, wry sense of humor. Learning about Iris’s life story, from her humble beginnings to seeing where she is today, is very inspiring. The advice she has for us young people is definitely very valuable. Iris is available on Netflix.
3. The September Issue
Who doesn’t want to get to see into the interior life of Anna Wintour and the Vogue offices? Well, in The September Issue, we can! In this documentary, we get to see the process through which the coveted September Issue of Vogue is created as well as the daily, inner workings of Vogue offices. Through following Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington (who stepped down from her almost 30-year-long position as creative director of American Vogue earlier this year) to magazine cover meetings, photo shoots, and fashion shows, we get a little taste of what it is like to run, and work for one of the most influential fashion publications in the world. The documentary is available on Netflix.
4. Devil Wears Prada
While documentaries that allow us to get advice from some of fashion’s luminaries, Devil Wears Prada gives us some comedic relief, while simultaneously learning about the fashion industry. For those who have not already seen this movie, Andrea, who is played by Anne Hathaway, is a recent college graduate who, without any experience or interest in fashion, lands a job at Runway Magazine (which likely is a fictional version of Vogue) as a junior personal assistant to the editor-in-chief, Miranda Priestly, who is played by Meryl Streep.
Through this film, we get a lot of laughs and entertainment. However, we also get a look into what it is like to be to thrown into the fashion world and what it is like to start at the bottom of the fashion food-chain. As college students and recent graduates who are interested in fashion, we can also somewhat identify with the characters in the plot (even if this is a hyperbole of
5. Coco Before Chanel
This film takes us through the life of one of fashion’s most influential designers ever, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel. The film is in French, so you might need subtitles, but Coco Before Chanel is definitely a film that is worth the extra effort. It is very inspiring to see how an orphan, who was abandoned by her father and had to work multiple jobs just to live, worked her way to becoming one of the most successful fashion designers in the world.
6. Dior and I
Dior and I takes us through the process of Raf Simons (who was the new creative director at the time and left Dior in late 2015) producing his first collection for Dior. This film is very insightful to watch as it turns out that Simons ends up completely reviving Dior and giving the brand a new prominence. While Simons now is the creative director of Calvin Klein and not Dior, he is a true innovator in the fashion industry and is a prominent force in this new era of the highly global fashion industry. Understanding the role he has and is playing in fashion is vital if one wants to work in this industry, This documentary is available on Netflix.
This documentary gives us an inside look into the planning and thought process behind Isaac Mizrahi’s Fall/Winter 1994 runway show. Through Mizrahi’s narration of the film, we get to see behind the glamorous facade of a runway show. The hard work and dedication that the designer, his or her staff members, the models, etc. put into these shows to make them beautiful and impactful is astounding. The footage, while edited, seems very raw and vulnerable, which is a nice change to see in the genre of fashion films. Unzipped is available on Netflix.
8. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s
In Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s, we get to learn about the experience of the top executives, and designers who sell to the famous Bergdorf Goodman store in Midtown Manhattan. Learning about the history and inner workings of a store that is so integrated into both the fashion industry and New York City is fascinating. We get to hear from icons such as Linda Fargo, the Senior Vice President of the Fashion Offices at Bergdorf’s, Vera Wang, the Olsen Twins, and so many more amazing designers, store executives, and celebrities. Definitely check out this film on Netflix, whether you have been to the store in person already or not. You definitely need to visit this gorgeous store at least once in your four years at NYU!
9. L’Amour Fou
In L’Amour Fou, through the eyes of Yves Saint Laurent’s both business and life partner, Pierre Berge, we learn about how this partnership built and grew their French fashion house. It is in chronological order, so it is easy and enjoyable to follow. Additionally, we get a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of Laurent and Berge.
10. Any of the Videos From Business Of Fashion
This YouTube channel has everything from interviews with leading designers, a series of talks on advice from the creator of the Business of Fashion, Imran Amed, about how to start a fashion business, to footage of runway shows from all eight yearly fashion week seasons. There is so much valuable information to learn through all of the interviews and talks on this channel, and it is an entertaining way to learn this information as well. Business of Fashion’s website has even more information such as daily articles from world publications about fashion business, Business of Fashion’s own articles on global fashion business, and posts about job listings in the industry. It would take months to get through of all of this incredible information, so there is definitely enough footage to binge watch over the course of winter break!
Happy 2017 everyone! We all deserve some downtime after working so hard!
Written by: Elisa Lewittes