72 Fashion Documentaries

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Documentaries about the fashion industry, designers and models

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1. Unzipped (1995)

R | 73 min | Documentary

Isaac Mizrahi, one of the most successful designers in high fashion, plans his fall 1994 collection. He combines inspirations such as the Hollywood Eskimo look, the Mary Tyler Moore show, ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Keeve | Stars: Isaac Mizrahi, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bernhard, Robert Best

Votes: 1,017 | Gross: $2.88M

2. Bill Cunningham: New York (2010)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Biography, History

76 Metascore

A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer.

Director: Richard Press | Stars: Bill Cunningham, Anna Wintour, Michael Kors, Editta Sherman

Votes: 4,930 | Gross: $1.51M

3. Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary

Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process and ponders the relationship between cities, identity and the cinema in the digital age.

Director: Wim Wenders | Stars: Wim Wenders, Yohji Yamamoto

Votes: 723

4. The September Issue (2009)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

69 Metascore

A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue.

Director: R.J. Cutler | Stars: Anna Wintour, Thakoon Panichgul, André Leon Talley, Grace Coddington

Votes: 7,100 | Gross: $3.82M

5. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino.

Director: Matt Tyrnauer | Stars: Valentino Garavani, Giancarlo Giammetti, Nati Abascal, Giorgio Armani

Votes: 1,671 | Gross: $1.76M

6. L'amour fou (II) (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge.

Director: Pierre Thoretton | Stars: Yves Saint-Laurent, Pierre Bergé, Betty Cartoux, Loulou De La Falaise

Votes: 934 | Gross: $0.30M

7. Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (2012)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, History

In an era known for protests and sit-ins, the 1973 Grand Divertissement at Versailles, made a statement of its own - a fashion statement. The legendary event pitting the five lions of ... See full summary »

Director: Deborah Riley Draper | Stars: Karen Bjornson, Stephen Burrows, Alva Chinn, Dennis Christopher

Votes: 32

8. Portfolio (1983)

R | 83 min | Drama

Top models star in a drama revealing the guts of the fashion world.

Director: Robert Guralnick | Stars: Julie Wolfe, Carol Alt, Kelly Emberg, Paulina Porizkova

Votes: 65

9. Vidal Sassoon: The Movie (2010)

PG | 90 min | Documentary

63 Metascore

Vidal Sassoon is more than just a hairdresser-he's a rock star, an artist, a craftsman who "changed the world with a pair of scissors." With the geometric, Bauhaus-inspired hairdos he ... See full summary »

Director: Craig Teper | Stars: Elgin Charles, Irina Khokhlova, Kai-Li Ma, Mary Quant

Votes: 223 | Gross: $0.09M

10. Catwalk (1995)

95 min | Documentary

A camera follows model Christy Turlington through the spring fashion shows in Milan, Paris, and New York one year in the early 1990s, probably 1992. She and others dash from one designer's ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Leacock | Stars: Christy Turlington, Azzedine Alaïa, Giorgio Armani, Nadja Auermann

Votes: 218

11. American Masters (1985– )
Episode: Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light (1995)

TV-14 | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

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Director: Helen Whitney | Stars: Richard Avedon, John Lahr, Mike Nichols

Votes: 115

12. Picture Me (2009)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

44 Metascore

A look at the inner world of modeling.

Directors: Ole Schell, Sara Ziff | Stars: Sara Ziff, Caitriona Balfe, Anne Bergstedt, Karl Lagerfeld

Votes: 508 | Gross: $0.01M

13. A Man's Story (2010)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

49 Metascore

A documentary about fashion designer Ozwald Boateng.

Director: Varon Bonicos | Stars: Ozwald Boateng, Giorgio Armani, Michael Bay, Paul Bettany

Votes: 126

14. Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

34 Metascore

An exploration of the clothes, the glamour and the decadence of iconic fashion designer Halston.

Director: Whitney Smith | Stars: Halston, Patricia Altschul, Phillip Bloch, Thom Browne

Votes: 194 | Gross: $0.00M

15. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011)

PG-13 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

69 Metascore

A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland.

Directors: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Lauren Bacall

Votes: 1,326 | Gross: $1.00M

16. Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)

89 min | Documentary

An up-close-and-personal portrait of the fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld.

Director: Rodolphe Marconi | Stars: Karl Lagerfeld, Nicole Kidman, Brad Kroening, Princess Caroline of Monaco

Votes: 831 | Gross: $0.07M

17. Mademoiselle C (2013)

R | 93 min | Documentary

51 Metascore

A documentary focused on former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief and fashion stylist Carine Roitfeld as she moves to New York to launch her own magazine.

Director: Fabien Constant | Stars: Carine Roitfeld, Donatella Versace, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld

Votes: 544 | Gross: $0.04M

18. Beautopia (1998)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary

A documentary that follows four upcoming models, while showing what the whole world of modeling is all about.

Director: Katharina Otto-Bernstein | Stars: Sarah Cookson, Dana Douglas, Susanne Hoppe, Petra Svabenska

Votes: 37

19. Dior and I (2014)

R | 90 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Raf Simons' first haute couture ... See full summary »

Director: Frédéric Tcheng | Stars: Christian Dior, Omar Berrada, Raf Simons, Pieter Mulier

Votes: 3,261 | Gross: $1.03M

20. Threads of Time (2015)


An intimate portrait of world-renowned, fashion photographer Neal Barr, who has systematically worked for a lifetime on a project he never thought he would finish.

Director: Ethan Boehme

21. Iris (IX) (2014)

PG-13 | 79 min | Documentary, Biography, History

80 Metascore

A documentary about fashion icon Iris Apfel from legendary documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.

Director: Albert Maysles | Stars: Carl Apfel, Harold Koda, Dries Van Noten, Inez Bailey

Votes: 3,988 | Gross: $1.31M

22. Women He's Undressed (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary, Biography

76 Metascore

A documentary about the life of the Australian costume designer and three time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly.

Director: Gillian Armstrong | Stars: Ann Roth, Jane Fonda, Marc Eliot, Eric Sherman

Votes: 309

23. Men of the Cloth (2013)

96 min | Documentary, Drama

An inspiring documentary portrait of three Italian master tailors who share their pride and devotion to their Old World craft while confronting their challenging role in the twilight of ... See full summary »

Director: Vicki Vasilopoulos

Votes: 94

24. Eleven Minutes (2008)

R | 103 min | Documentary

56 Metascore

Feature documentary following fashion designer, Jay McCarroll's year-long journey preparing his first independent runway show and selling his clothing line to stores.

Directors: Michael Selditch, Robert Tate | Stars: Jay McCarroll, Kelly Cutrone, Daniel Alexander, Malan Breton

Votes: 104 | Gross: $0.01M

25. Je m'appelle Denis Gagnon (2010)

47 min | Documentary, Biography

Denis Gagnon, fashion designer, is putting the final touch on his latest collection. Confined in his basement, turned atelier, he instinctively assembles materials (glitters, Jersey, ... See full summary »

Director: Khoa Lê | Star: Denis Gagnon

26. Material Success (2012)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, Comedy, Drama

A documentary that follows the misadventures of the eccentric fashion designer Bruno Ierullo as he readies for his first runway show after a personal tragedy inspires him to risk his life savings on a career change into the art.

Director: Jesse Mann | Stars: Bruno Ierullo, Susana Benavides, Shawn Cuffie, Craig Henry

Votes: 28

27. Monsieur Hubert de Givenchy (2011)

51 min | Documentary

The elegant designs of 1950s and '60s haute couture fashion are discussed by the designer-icon himself, Hubert de Givenchy, who reveals a wistful sadness for the lack of style in today's culture.

Director: Karim Zeriahen | Stars: Hubert de Givenchy, Bettina Graziani

Votes: 9

28. The World's Most Fashionable Prison (2012)

67 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

A top fashion designer teaches his trade to inmates at the largest maximum-security prison in the Philippines. They go on a roller coaster ride to stage the most spectacular runway show ... See full summary »

Director: C.K. Mak

Votes: 7

29. Fashion Phoenix (2010)

77 min | Documentary

Creative Todd Lynn makes clothes for rock stars with the help of his grandmother in Smiths Falls Canada, before heading off to London to follow his dream of becoming an international fashion designer.

Director: John Bland | Star: Todd Lynn

30. The First Monday in May (2016)

PG-13 | 90 min | Documentary

57 Metascore

Follows the creation of The Metropolitan Museum of Art's most attended fashion exhibition in history, "China: Through The Looking Glass," an exploration of Chinese-inspired Western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton.

Director: Andrew Rossi | Stars: Anna Wintour, Andrew Bolton, John Galliano, Karl Lagerfeld

Votes: 1,325 | Gross: $0.53M

31. Advanced Style (2014)

72 min | Documentary, Biography, Comedy

66 Metascore

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging.

Director: Lina Plioplyte | Stars: Iris Apfel, Joyce Carpati, Ari Cohen, Lynn Dell

Votes: 910 | Gross: $0.01M

33. Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer (2015)

PG-13 | 110 min | Documentary

The story of fashion designer Jeremy Scott's ascent from a small town in Missouri to his current position as the Creative Director of Moschino.

Director: Vlad Yudin | Stars: Jeremy Scott, Devon Aoki, Eva Chen, Miley Cyrus

Votes: 280

35. The True Cost (2015)

PG-13 | 92 min | Documentary, Drama, News

46 Metascore

The True Cost is a documentary film exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet.

Director: Andrew Morgan | Stars: Livia Giuggioli, Stella McCartney, Vandana Shiva, Lucy Siegle

Votes: 6,056

36. White Gold: The True Cost of Cotton (2011)

9 min | Documentary, Short, News

White Gold tells the story of the true cost of cotton. Filmed undercover, this film exposes how each year schools are closed and tens of thousands of children are forced by the Uzbek ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Johnson

37. The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013)

Not Rated | 85 min | Documentary

A look at the life and work of Gucci fashion designer, Frida Giannini.

Director: Christina Voros | Stars: Frida Giannini, Matvey Lykov

Votes: 196

39. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

A documentary on the Manhattan department store with interviews from an array of fashion designers, style icons, and celebrities.

Director: Matthew Miele | Stars: Rachel Zoe, Candice Bergen, Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen

Votes: 772 | Gross: $0.50M

40. In Vogue: The Editor's Eye (2012 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

Documentary film takes a look at some of the world's most influential fashion images as conceived by the magazine's iconic fashion editors.

Directors: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato | Stars: Hamish Bowles, Grace Coddington, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Alber Elbaz

Votes: 532

41. Just for Kicks (2005)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary

An in-depth examination of the culture and fashion of the sneaker, from its creation as athletic wear to its place as a cornerstone in hip-hop fashion.

Directors: Thibaut de Longeville, Lisa Leone | Stars: Bill Adler, Damon Dash, Doze, Missy Elliott

Votes: 426

42. Arkadius: Wild Orchid Dreams (2000)


A 55 minute documentary telling the story of Arkadius, a boy who grew up under Communism in small-town Poland with the dream of becoming an artist. Combining stylish cinematography with ... See full summary »

Director: Tomasz Magierski

Votes: 5

43. McQueen and I (2011 TV Movie)

71 min | Documentary, Biography

Profile of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen.

Director: Louise Osmond | Stars: Detmar Blow, Isabella Blow, Naomi Campbell, Tom Ford

Votes: 202

44. Crazy About Tiffany's (2016)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary

40 Metascore

A past to present fully authorized documentary of Tiffany & Co.

Director: Matthew Miele | Stars: Jessica Biel, Katie Couric, Amy Fine-Collins, Fran Lebowitz

Votes: 207

45. Blue Gold: American Jeans (2014)

TV-PG | 99 min | Documentary, History

The history and lore of America's most iconic symbol and global export, the blue jean.

Director: Christian D. Bruun | Stars: Edward Burns, Adriano Goldschmied, Eric Schrader, Tommy Hilfiger

Votes: 91

46. In Their Shoes (2015)

92 min | Documentary

The filmmaker tries to find out why was he always pushed away by his father from joining the family business of shoe material trading. In his quest he unravels the odyssey of the footwear ... See full summary »

Director: Atul Sabharwal

Votes: 37

47. Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 72 min | Documentary

Veteran filmmaker Mark Levin looks at the past and present of New York's garment district, from its heyday as a base for immigrant labor and unions to its recent decline.

Director: Marc Levin | Stars: Stan Herman, Lisa Nussbaum, Sigrid Olsen, Joe Raico

Votes: 105

48. Triangle: Remembering the Fire (2011)

Not Rated | 40 min | Documentary

On March 25, 1911, a catastrophic fire broke out at the Triangle Waist Company in New York City. Trapped inside the upper floors of a ten-story building, 146 workers - mostly young ... See full summary »

Director: Daphne Pinkerson | Stars: Suzanne Pred Bass, Leigh Benin, Dennis Clancey, Tovah Feldshuh

Votes: 132

49. Franca: Chaos and Creation (2016)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary, Biography

An intimate portrait of Franca Sozzani, the legendary editor-in-chief of Italian Vogue.

Director: Francesco Carrozzini | Stars: Marina Abramovic, Azzedine Alaïa, Naomi Campbell, Francesco Carrozzini

Votes: 364

50. Yves Saint Laurent: The Last Collections (2007)

74 min | Documentary