Best Fashion Documentaries to Watch on Netflix and Amazon Right Now
Uncover the greatest success stories in fashion by exploring our list of the best fashion documentaries. Even better, you can stream these fashion docs on Netflix or Amazon Prime. From glimpses inside the offices of VOGUE to the biographies of great designers like Halston and Christian Dior, the magic of fashion comes to life in these great films. Whether you’re a fashion professional or simply a fan of documentaries, prepare to see the creative world in a new light.
Watch these 9 incredible fashion docs below and your view of the fashion industry will likely change forever. Ready? Let’s begin our Amazon – Netflix fashion documentaries binge. Click “Watch it now” to view each doc on Amazon Prime.
1. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)
You don’t need to be a fashion fan to to find inspiration in the life of Bill Cunningham. The iconic photographer is an early pioneer of street style known most for his work with the New York Times. Although, he is surrounded by celebrity, Cunningham lived a solitary life. This documentary offers a rare glimpse inside the genius of Bill Cunningham. Finally, you too, can get personal with fashion’s original street style photographer.
Memorable Quote: “We all get dressed for Bill.” (Anna Wintour)
2. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)
Long before Anna Wintour became the Queen of VOGUE, it’s editor in chief, Diana Vreeland, made it the leading fashion magazine in the world. The Eye Has To Travel documents the remarkable rise of Vreeland as she creates the foundation for fashion publishing. Part autobiography, the film traces through a series of recordings where Diana reflects of life, art and politics.
Memorable Quote: “I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give them what they never knew they wanted.” (Diana Vreeland)
3. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
Part love story, part biopic, one of the best fashion documentaries explores the life of Valentino Garavani. Focusing in on the close of the designer’s historic career, viewers are captivated. In the center of The Last Emperor is the unique relationship Valentino shares with his business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti.
Memorable Quote:“I know what women want. They want to be beautiful.” (Valentino Garavani)
4. The September Issue (2009)
The secret operations of Vogue magazine are revealed in this exciting 2009 doc. Cameras follows editor in chief Anna Wintour and creative director Grace Coddington during the production of their most important issue, September. However, viewers soon realize that Vogue is much more than a fashion magazine. Intimate meetings with designers like Karl Lagerfeld and retailer Bergdorf Goodman, make the September Issue a must-watch fashion documentary for fashion people.
Memorable Quote: “Don’t be too nice, because you’ll lose. You have to beat your way through.” (Grace Coddington)
5. Iris (2014)
There’s certainly a lot to learn from 95-year-old Iris Apfel. With a resume which includes design restoration at the White House for nine presidents, she is a living legend. Apfel’s personal sense of style even landed her a solo exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Iris will long remain one of the best fashion documentaries of all time. Her colorful personality and unwavering spirit are timeless lessons.
Memorable Quote: “You’re not pretty, and you’ll never be pretty. But, it doesn’t matter. You have something much better. You have style.” (Frieda Loehmann)
6. Dior and I (2014)
Dior offers viewers a rare glimpse inside the creation of one of the world’s most famous fashion houses. Released in 2014 by director, Frédéric Tcheng, Dior and I follow Raf Simons in preparing for his first Dior Couture collection. Along the way, appearances from actresses like Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Lawrence and Sharon Stone illuminate the glamour surrounding the Dior brand.
Memorable Quote: We say ‘Monsieur’ in couture,” announces Toledano. “Let’s call him ‘Raf’, as a token of modernity.” (Sidney Toledano)
7. Unzipped (1995)
Relive the supermodel days of the 90s alongside designer Isaac Mizrahi. Shot in 1994, during the height of his career the black and white fashion documentary narrates the creation of his 1994 fall collection. Unzipped features commentary from stars like Eartha Kitt as well as appearances by Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista.
Memorable Quote: “All I want to do is fur pants, but I know, like if I do them, I will be stoned off of Seventh Avenue, like some wanton heretic or something. So there won’t be any fur pants coming down my runway. It’s about women not wanting to look like cows or something.” (Isaac Mizrahi)
8. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (2013)
Learn what it really takes to keep fashion retailer Bergdorf Goodman afloat. The 2013 fashion documentary travels behind the glass doors of the iconic Fifth Avenue retailer. The doc is filled with appearances from the who’s who of fashion. Influencers like Linda Fargo, Tom Ford, Iris Apfel, Diane von Furstenberg, Vera Wang, and Marc Jacobs are just a few of the notable faces appearing on camera. Taking its name from a 1990 Victoria Roberts cartoon for The New Yorker, the movie offers a timeless less on the business of fashion.
Memorable Quote: “I am born careful … I am a lucky person who can do what I want, in divine conditions.” (Karl Lagerfeld)
9. Jeremy Scott, the People’s Designer (2015)
This is certainly the newest fashion documentary on our list. Released in 2015, the film records the life of Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott. After much success with his eponymous fashion line and collaboration with Adidas, Scott prepares for his fist Season of Moschino runway shows. The People’s Designer reflects on how he went from an obscure life in Oklahoma to worldwide fame. What makes this fashion doc really interesting is Scott’s young age. It really shines a light on pop culture and how the worlds of fashion and celebrity align.
Memorable Quote: “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a statue of a critic,” he comments, before adding with an exaggerated sneer and upraised fingers, “Take that, bitches!” (Jeremy Scott)