Documentaries are holy. They should be regarded, praised and recognized in the highest regards. Why? Documentaries give the viewer an unobstructed (if occasionally biased) view of an industry, person, situation or company that they would be incapable of learning about otherwise.
From watching documentaries, I understand Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington’s processes for creating the September issue. I feel like I know Isaac Mizrahi and supermodels. I get a behind the scenes glimpse at Bergdorf’s, one of the most luxurious and exclusive department stores in the country.
Very few people have the ability to say that they have done all of that in real life, and those who can are incredibly, irrevocably lucky. For the rest of us, until we are given the opportunity to experience these things for real, we get to experience them through a lens, and get insight and knowledge that we otherwise would not have.
That being said, there are a few fashion documentaries that have truly changed my life: changing how I view people, changing how I think, increasing my knowledge, or even just making me think harder. If you haven’t seen them, get on Netflix, or Amazon Prime, or whatever other method you prefer, and download these. They are 100% worth the watch.
The September Issue- In The September Issue, camera crews follow Anna Wintour [Editor in Chief, Vogue], Grace Coddington [Creative Director, Vogue] and other staff members around the Vogue offices for a few months to follow the creation and development of the iconic September Issue.
The Tents- This documentary was made as a tribute to the Tents at Bryant Park, where Mercedes Benz Fashion Week was held before the move to Lincoln Center. Many industry favorites and icons appear to discuss the creation of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week as well as the memories they have of Bryant Park.
Unzipped- In Unzipped, a camera crew follows Isaac Mizrahi and his creative team through the development of one collection. The story begins with a bad review of one collection by WWD, and then continues on to show the inspiration, design process etc etc. It ends with another WWD review… Good or bad? I guess you’ll have to watch to find out.
Other Good Documentaries:
- Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s
- Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton
- Bill Cunningham New York