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Labor Day 2016: Fashion Documentaries To Watch Ahead Of NYFW Online

Sep 04, 2016 09:13 AM EDT

It's Labor Day weekend and the weather is not cooperating. Why not stay home and watch these 10 great fashion documentaries ahead of NYFW SS17?

The First Monday In May - 2016

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Director: Andrew Rossi

Where To Watch: i-tunes

Featuring "the fashion world's equivalent of the Super Bowl," The Met Gala. This documentary 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.


Unzipped - 1995

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Director: Douglas Keeve
Where To Watch: Netflix

Designer Isaac Mizrahi's frenzied genius and rollercoaster emotions paint a humorous and personal portrait of a brilliant designer. Famous super models, actors, and actresses populate Mizrahi's rarified world, but Douglas Keeve's cameras capture the stress and turbulence beneath the placid coolness of glamour.


Dior & I - 2014

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Director: Frédéric Tcheng
Where To Watch: Netflix

When Raf Simons took up the position of artistic director at the house of Dior in 2012, he had only eight weeks to create his first Haute Couture collection for the brand, a task that is ordinarily afforded six months. This film documents those stressful first months with a privileged behind-the-scenes look inside the Dior atelier, with particular attention paid to the dedicated seamstresses who serve Simons' vision.


Iris - 2014

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Director: Albert Maysles
Where To Watch: Netflix
At 93 years old, Iris Apfel shows no signs of slowing down. This documentary follows her as she navigates her way through her 'style icon' status, something which was bestowed upon her in her 80s, and tells the story of her fascinating life, which included overseeing the interiors of the White House. 


Valentino: The Last Emperor - 2008

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Director: Matt Tyrnauer
Where To Watch: Amazon

A touching and insightful portrait of Valentino Garavani and his partner in business and life, Giancarlo Giammetti. The film paints a picture of their life together. From reflecting on how they met as young men, their multiple, lavish homes (and pugs), to preparing for Valentino's final Haute Couture show before retiring, this documentary covers all areas of designer's life and career.


The September Issue - 2009

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Director: R.J. Cutler
Where To Watch: Netflix

For anyone who has ever dreamed of working at a fashion publication, or even just those who are avid readers of them, this is a must-see. Often dubbed the real Devil Wears Prada, it gives an insight into the inner workings of the fashion bible, American Vogue. Marvel at Grace Coddington's modest but immense creativity and take a real-life look at Anna Wintour and the power she wields over the industry while seeing what it really takes to produce the biggest issue of the year.


Bill Cunningham New York - 2010

Bill Cunningham
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Director: Richard Press
Where To Watch: Netflix

The original and the best street style photographer of all time, Bill Cunningham, who just recently passed away, was the focus of this documentary when he was 84-years-old. Though it only briefly touches on Cunningham's personal life, it does delve into his work for The New York Times and the joy it has brought him. Most fascinating, and touching, is Cunningham's humbleness, despite the artifice and pretense of the industry in which he has worked for much of lis life. His passion for his job is palpable and magic to watch.


Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel - 2011

Diana Vreeland
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Directors: Lisa Immordino Vreeland, Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt

Where To Watch: Netflix

A look at the life of Diana Vreeland, one of the first fashion editors to become a celebrity in their own right. Though she passed away in 1989, Vreeland's mark lives on - particularly at Harper's Bazaar, where she worked for 25 years. This film, created by the wife of one of her grandsons, takes an unflinching look at the self-made woman who, despite an unhappy childhood, went on to personify fashion in the most alluring and witty of ways.


Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's - 2013

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Director: Matthew Miele
Where To Watch: Netflix

The Olsens, Tom Ford and Marc Jacobs are just a few of the many, many big fashion names interviewed in this documentary about mythic Fifth Avenue emporium Bergdorf Goodman's. From the process behind the spectacular Christmas window displays, to a closer look at the work of esteemed personal shopper Betty Halbriech, who at that time, had worked at the store for almost 40 years.


Advanced Style - 2014

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Director: Lina Plioplyte
Where To Watch: i-tunes

Based on Ari Seth Cohen's famed blog of the same name, this film paints intimate and colorful portraits of independent stylish women aged 62 to 95 who are challenging conventional ideas about beauty, aging and western culture's increasing obsession with youth, all the while being thrust into new found fame.

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