Buro 24/7 Edits: 12 must-see fashion documentaries

Buro 24/7 Edits: 12 must-see fashion documentaries

A fascinating, in-depth look at the world of fashion

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Following a film documenting Raf Simons' first ever Dior couture collection premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, we reflect on the best fashion documentaries of all time

Apart from the obvious hit documentary film concerning American Vogue, The September Issue, Buro 24/7 edits down 12 further fashion documentaries that everyone should watch...

In Vogue: The Editor's Eye (2012)

Starring the ultra-talented Grace Coddington, Hamish Bowles and many more, this documentary film takes a look at some of the world's most influential fashion magazines and the its most well-known editorial images through the eyes of the publications iconic fashion editors.

Mademoiselle C (2013)

An intriguing fashion film directed by Fabien Constant about former French Vogue editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld – and how she created the CR Fashion Book. The documentary covers the first editorial meeting to the lavish launch party in New York.

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)

The inspiring story of the beautiful and iconic­ Diana Vreeland. Well-known as the 'Empress of Fashion', Vreeland was the fashion editor of the US Harper's Bazaar for 25 years after which becoming editor-in-chief of US Vogue.  

McQueen and I (2011)

A touching film about the life of the unforgettable designer, Lee Alexander McQueen, this is a story told through his friends, acquaintances and people that worked with him in the past. McQueen and I is an impressive and poignant tribute released to mark the anniversary of McQueen's passing.

The Tents (2012)

A first ever look on what goes on behind New York Fashion Week, as well as showing the history of how it all began in the early 1990's.

Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)

Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about his creative process and the relationship between cities, identity and cinema in the digital age. The film gives its viewers an informative look on the creative master who is known for his avant-garde tailoring and unusual design aesthetics.

Saga: John Galliano (2006)

World-renowned for his position as creative director at Christian Dior, John Galliano's rollercoaster career is documented in this feature film, summing up the talented designer's greatest moments throughout his professional life. 

Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (2012)

American filmmaker Deborah Riley Draper revisits an event that changed the world of fashion, the 1973 Grand Divertissement at Versailles. When Five iconic French couture icons – Givenchy, Dior, Ungaro, Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Cardin came together with another five great American designers; Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows and Bill Blass – and created a cultural collaboration that became a defining moment in fashion history. 

The Secret World of Haute Couture (2007)

The BBC infiltrates the intricate and covert world of haute couture in this feature film, all the while providing access to an angle of the haute couture story that's not often documented. 


Cat Walk (1996)

90's Supermodel beauties Christy Turlington, Yasmin Le Bon, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss and Carla Bruni – some of the most successful models ever – are documented in this rare film which gives its fashion audience a different perspective on the fashion world in the 90s.

And for those who are interested to see how fashion's past supermodels live now, About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012) is the film to watch. Shot in Timothy Greenfield-Sanders' intimate portrait style, the film features Isabella Rossellini, Christie Brinkley, Marisa Berenson, China Machado, Beverly Johnson, Carmen Dell'Orefice, Paulina Porizkova, Jerry Hall, and Christy Turlington.

Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007)

The director Loïc Prigent tells the epic story here between Marc Jacobs and French house Louis Vuitton. Apart from taking the viewer through the creative process of Jacob's work at Louis Vuitton and his eponymous line, the film also features many historical fashion moments such as Jacob's meeting with Japanese artist Takashi Murakami for their first LV collaboration.


Signe Chanel (2005)

Signe Chanel is a five-part mini-series that was shown on the BBC directed by documentary maker, also by Loïc Prigent (director of Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton). The programmes reveal the extraordinary efforts that go into making some of the world's most luxurious and expensive garments, by documenting the creation of Chanel's Fall/Winter 2004-2005 couture collection designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

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