Must-Watch Fashion Documentaries: The Cut

From Iris Apfel to Bill Cunningham, we have a look at the best fashion documentaries to keep you inspired during the months of fashion limbo.

The time between the fashion months feels a bit dull and boring. If you are in need of a quick pick-me-up, what better way to satisfy your lust for style than fashion documentaries?

Trends come and go and when nothing related to a trend or fashion is happening, one has to get creative with ways to get inspired.

What is so great about fashion documentaries is you get an honest behind the scenes point of view of the industry and powers at play.

Far from the vacuous and superfluous image attached by some to members of the style business, fashion like other industries has its geniuses and visionaries.

In our round-up of fashion documentaries, we’ve selected the most poignant films which will certainly appeal to the fashion obsessed or the normal person in equal measures.

Discover our edit of must-watch fashion-centric documentaries in 2016.

  • Dior & I
    Dior & I

    Dior and I follows Belgian designer Raf Simons in the 8 weeks from his appointment as creative director of the French Haute Couture house Dior right up to the presentation of his first couture collection.

    Incredibly well directed, the camera goes behind closed doors in the Ateliers of the Maison in Paris.

    We discover the work that goes into creating a couture collection from the seamstresses of the House and the stress on a contemporary designer to carry the weight of the history associated with a Maison such a Dior.

    The documentary is filled with quotes from Christian Dior himself which draw an eerie parallel between the house ethos and Raf Simons’ personality and vision.

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  • Valentino: The Last Emperor
    Valentino: The Last Emperor

    Valentino: The Last Emperor introduces its audience to the life of Valentino Garavani, the couturier behind the House of Valentino.

    From tracing back to how his partner Giancarlo Giammetti and Mr Garavani met when they were young to their notoriously lavish lifestyle (and villas), this documentary offers a behind-the-scene look at the life of the couturier up to the Couture show that marked his retirement.

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  • IRIS

    Iris Apfel is an American interior designer who is one of the most famous fashion icons of today.

    IRIS is an insightful portrayal of the 94-year-old’s incredibly rich life and her status as an icon, going back to the days when she worked for the White House and how travelling the world influenced her style.

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  • Signe Chanel
    Signe Chanel

    Directed by Loic Prigent (yes, that Loic Prigent), Signé Chanel is a five-part documentary which takes us behind the curtains of the  fashion powerhouse.

    The film walks us through the elements involved in the creation of a Chanel Haute Couture collection from sketches to the show.

    The team of white coat clad couturieres are given centre stage in this documentary, as a reminder that they are the vessel of French craftsmanship on which the Maison relies.

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  • Bill Cunningham New York
    Bill Cunningham New York

    The original street style photographer, Bill Cunningham was famous for his candid approach to fashion street photography and by the many who had met him, a true gentleman.

    Bill Cunningham New York delves into the archives of the photographer’s work at the New York Times as Bill Cunningham is now the reference for all street style shutterbugs whilst also being an example of kindness and humility.

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