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life is a catwalk in our top 10 fashion documentaries

Check into the ritz with Naomi, go clubbing with Kate Moss and Christy Turlington, head backstage with Karl and grab a cuppa with Grace Coddington. Here is your V.I.P, AAA pass to #fashion #drama #screaming

Text Jack Borkett

  • catwalk

    Covering the experiences of Christy Turlington during the 1993 spring/summer fashion shows, this beautiful and fun documentary sees her and supermodel gal-pals Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista jet between London, Paris, Milan and New York during FW. The film is shot in black and white and includes plenty of behind the scenes footage of the models that defined a generation.



  • unzipped

    One for the devoted fashionistas out there! This lighthearted documentary follows designer Isaac Mizrahi as he plans, creates and shows off his 1994 autumn/winter collection. The film features lots of face time for the likes of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Amber Valletta and practically every other top model from the era when supermodels ruled the catwalks. The Eartha Kitt segment is reason alone to watch it!


  • mcqueen and I

    Brilliant, beautiful and offensive. Alexander McQueen pushed the boundary between fashion and art. The plot of this documentary runs from his early career right through to his untimely suicide on the 12th February 2010. It also tells the story of his friendship with the late Isabella Blow and their rags to riches tale of creativity and glamour. With their particular eye for beauty and the dark inspirations they favoured, it’s a great insight into a truly original designer.

  • the secret world of haute couture

    Couture has always been a very private world where one-off masterpieces are handcrafted by the most exclusive and expensive ateliers, with Chanel being perhaps the most famous. Obviously any screen time with Karl Lagerfeld is viewing gold. With the focus on the women in the secret circle of couture, with the seamstresses slaving away in the background, it’s a real insight into the business. With cameos from Cara to John Galliano, it’s a much watch for a fashion fix.



  • avenue Marceau

    Take a peek into the atelier of the one and only Yves Saint Laurent. From the sewing table to the salon, this footage features the words and advice of the man himself. It’s a superb look into the inner workings of the designer and his team. Catherine Deneuve makes a glamorous appearance but the real focus is on the French seamstresses and the sewing room where the magic really happens. French with English subtitles.



  • The eye has to travel

    Focussing on the life and times of Diana Vreeland, hundreds of hours of archival footage, interviews, photography, graphics, animation and other visual and musical devices have been turned into a seamless collage that is already being hailed a true work of art.

  • The Editor's eye

    This film celebrates the 120th anniversary of Vogue with an in depth insight into this iconic magazine. Told through the eyes of its most iconic editors, the film explores the cultural impact of Vogue over a century of changing times and trends in fashion, photography and feminism. Interviews include Anna Wintour, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker and others.

  • the september issue

    Anna Wintour, the legendary editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine for twenty years, is the most powerful and polarizing figure in fashion. Hidden behind her trademark bob and sunglasses, she has never allowed anyone to scrutinize the inner workings of her magazine. Until now. This is a Fashion insight into American Vogue and a look at the heart of the magazine with Grace Coddington taking center stage and offering some special insights into her career at Vogue and her relationship with Anna.


  • The Last emperor

    A story of friendship, a retrospective, and a look at haute couture as business. Follow Valentino Garavani and partner Giancarlo Giammetti as they prepare their spring/summer 06 collection in Paris and celebrate Valentino's 45-year career, which included dressing Jacqueline Kennedy. The film documents a year of work, shows, business changes, and decisions... from sketch to runway. Highlights are the touching moments between Valentino and Giancarlo and the footage of some amazing pugs.

  • Madmoiselle C

    A documentary focused on former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine. Carine, with her famously daring and sensual approach to styling, was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2008. An absolute embodiment of chic, her close friends include such industry icons as Karl Lagerfeld, Giorgio Armani and Jean Paul Gaultier.