I’ve been watching a lot of fashion documentaries lately just to continue to educate myself about the industry. I noticed that there’s only so many videos to watch that are publicly advertised and recommended. There are many you can watch on Youtube and I will have them linked in this post. But my main point of this post is to tell you all my top five documentaries I’ve come across and that you may enjoy as well. To make it in the industry it is important to know the history of fashion and how brands were established. Since I’m no longer attending fashion school, I’ve made it a point to take on the responsibility of finding out about the industry on my own. So let’s get started!
1. Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's
I must say that as of now this documentary is my favorite as far fashion goes. It really goes into depth about the legendary luxury department store Bergdorf Goodman. When I lived in New York, I would pass by this store coming home from work at Abercrombie & Fitch all the time and I never really paid it any mind. There were tons of girls in my college who would come into the dorms with a ton of purple Bergdorf bags. Still, I never really cared about the store or its significance. After watching this documentary, I can honestly say I fell in love with it. If I ever go back to New York, I will most definitely stop and pay attention to their window displays because so much work goes into it. Watching the film, you will also learn about Linda Fargo who is the Senior Vice President of the fashion office, the director of women's fashion and store presentation of Bergdorf Goodman. She is the person to impress when you are trying to get your fashion collections and makeup brands into the store. Check out this documentary and fall in love just as I did!
2. The September Issue
I’m sure many of you have seen or heard about the film The Devil Wears Prada. Watching the September Issue is like watching the real life version of the movie, without the bullying and random love affairs of course. If you are interested in learning about what it’s like working at a fashion magazine or how American Vogue runs its office daily, you are sure to enjoy this. You will also learn about its Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour who is rumored to be the real life Miranda Priestley. Given that I am trying to run a magazine myself, this movie was perfect for me as a point of reference. This movie is a staple for anyone interested in the fashion industry, especially if your dream is to work at Vogue also known as the fashion bible. You will be introduced to Grace Coddington, who is the Creative Director of American Vogue and not afraid to speak her mind. Also, you will meet former Editor-at-Large, Andre Leon Talley, who was also a judge on America’s Next Top Model.
3. The Secret World of Haute Couture
This documentary takes viewers into the secret lives of the women who buy haute couture that has turned into massive collection over the years. It also shows you how much detail goes into creating these pieces and how much time it takes to create them. This one is also one my favorites because haute couture is the definition of why I love fashion. It’s so out of the box, creative and brings the imagination to life through fabric. It is pretty ridiculous how much money people are willing to pay for haute couture, but still this documentary is awesome.
4. Secrets of the Super-brands
This documentary really goes into depth on how attached people are to name brands and how closely related it is to self-esteem of people all over the world. It also takes you behind the scenes of manufacturers around the world that produce a lot of the clothing we wear on a daily basis. It explains how luxury brands make most of their money from lower classes and not the upper class. It’s a very eye opening film that will make you think twice about buying something because of its label versus actually liking it.
5. Power of the Press
This film helps to put viewers in the role of people in the media who cover fashion shows and review fashion collections annually. You will be introduced to the man who inherited the coveted Women’s Wear Daily publication and turned it into a powerhouse, John Fairchild. You will learn how important the press is for the success of a designer’s collection and how what they say can have major influence on the masses. It was really interesting to watch and I really enjoyed it. It was also nice to see models from the 90's and realizing how much the modeling industry has changed since.
Bonus: Crazy About Tiffany’s
This documentary was just released this year, so it is the newest out of the bunch. It takes you behind the scenes of the infamous Tiffany & Co. and how much influence it has had among women for as long as it’s been created. You get to learn the history of Tiffany & Co. and you also get a look into the way things are being ran in present day. You will be introduced to Tiffany’s first female design director Francesca Amfitheatrof and you may find it ironic how closely she looks to Audrey Hepburn. You will also learn about many of the jewelry designers who’ve had success at Tiffany & Co. such as Elsa Peretti. Of course there will be many references to the movie everyone should know, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and how Audrey Heprburn became the face of the company.