The world of fashion is enchanting. But it’s not always as glamorous as it’s painted out to be—these documentaries will prove that the persons behind the faces of fashion’s biggest brands and publications have all been through hardships before gaining prominence in their fields.
From the biopic of age-defining Italian journalist Franca Sozzani and a peek into the inner workings of a magazine, to how Chanel pulls off its shows at The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, here are 5 fashion documentaries to watch on Netflix.
Franca Sozzani is known for many things—especially for her controversial fashion spreads—but not much else about her life is known to many, even to her Francesco Carrozzini. Following the death of his father and the realisation that he never truly got to know him, Carrozzini resolved to not make the same mistake with his mother Sozzani and decided to make a documentary about her titled Franca: Chaos and Creation.
The photographer and director followed his mother for four years, excavating her past, asking questions and uncovering the woman behind the glossy pages. The documentary candidly depicts Sozzani’s life as a child, her formative years, and the story of how she became one of the most powerful fashion editors in Italy and the world. Take away the glitz and glamour surrounding the film, and what you have is one of a son getting to know his mother better.
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2. 7 Days Out
Though not technically a fashion documentary, 7 Days Out is a docuseries which gives viewers an insider’s look into the making of some of the world’s most significant historical and cultural events—one of which is Chanel’s Haute Couture fashion show by the incomparable Karl Lagerfeld. It shows the Chanel team working tirelessly around the clock a week leading up to the show, featuring everything from dressmaking in the atelier to setting up the runway at The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées.
Ever wondered about Steve Madden, the man who made a billion-dollar empire out of designer shoes? Well, the former convict, recovering addict and father of three gets candid in Maddman: The Steve Madden Story to talk about his side of things after being depicted in The Wolf of Wallstreet starring Leonardo DiCaprio. In this fashion documentary, Madden also talks about his career from the early days leading up to contemporary times to answer one question: what is his legacy?
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In an unprecedented look into the life and times of Elite Models founder John Casablancas, the fashion mogul reflects on his career in Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women. The documentary, directed by Hubert Woroniecki, is about the fashion mogul who was born rich, handsome and educated at the best school who eventually became a global force to be reckoned with when he founded the world-renowned Elite Model Management which revolutionised the modelling industry.
The agency birthed the careers of Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Gisele Bündchen and Stephanie Seymour—the five original supermodels of the world—some of whom have been romantically involved with Casablancas.
Directed by Vlad Yudin, Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer chronicles the life of American designer Jeremy Scott, from his humble beginnings in Missouri to becoming the Creative Director of Moschino. The film discusses his many critics from within the fashion industry, his approach to fashion using pop culture as a reference and celebrity-filled testimonies from the likes of Katy Perry, Jared Leto, Paris Hilton and Rita Ora.
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