IN HONOUR OF THE FASHION DOCUMENTARY AS A MEDIUM, HERE WE’VE COMPILED A SELECTION THAT YOU MUST ADD TO YOUR WATCH LIST
Helmut Newton: Frames from The Edge (1989) follows Newton on a journey from Los Angeles, to Paris and ultimately his return to Berlin, his hometown, capturing his working methods and the spirit of the 1980s fashion industry along the way.
Notebook on Cities & Clothes (1989) is a Wim Wenders-directed portrait of Yohji Yamamoto, reflecting on the cities and people that inspire his work as the designer prepares for a presentation of his collection in Paris.
Issey Miyake Moves (1993) A tour of Issey Miyake’s studio and factory, spotlighting the Japanese designer’s innovative use of pleating and wrinkles, which subsequently opened up a whole new world of possibility for the movement of fabric on the body.
Catwalk (1995) embodies the golden age of the supermodel Christy Turlington, following her through fashion shows in Milan, Paris and New York in the early 1990s, as she and her fellow clan of Amazonian walks from one runway to the next, highlighting the friendships that grow between designers and models.
Signé Chanel (2005) Directed by Loic-Prigent, this five-part documentary series investigates the creation of another haute couture collection – but this time the limelight falls on the infamous Karl Lagerfeld and his labcoat-wearing atelier team, situated on the Rue Cambon.
The Secret World of Haute Couture (2007) An intimate look at this little-understood pocket of the fashion industry, examines the unwritten rules of haute couture and what it means to belong to such an exclusive club of wealthy women: those willing to spend on dresses they might only wear once.
Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010) Halston is a designer whose name is synonymous with 1970s glamour and the glittering culture of New York after dark. With interviews from Liza Minnelli, Diane Von Furstenberg, Anjelica Huston and André Leon Talley, this is a scintillating portrayal of the man who defined an era of unadulterated wonder.
Dior and I (2014) recounts the tale of Raf Simons’ appointment and the challenges he faced while creating his debut couture collection in just eight weeks. Believe it or not, with the help of his wonderful team of seamstresses, Raf managed to pull it off to resounding acclaim.