Behind the Seams: Fashion Documentaries

Documentary titles that deal with the world of fashion, from the designers to the models to the media.

List order is from newest to oldest (by year of release), and titles are sorted alphabetically within each year.

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1.
Dior and I (2014 Documentary)
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Dior and I brings the viewer inside the storied world of the Christian Dior fashion house with a privileged... (90 mins.)
 
2.
Make It in America: Empowering Global Fashion (2014 Documentary)
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Contemporary look at the loss & subsequent re-invigoration of domestic apparel production in the US... (64 mins.)
Director: James Belzer
 
3.
Traceable (2014 Documentary)
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Traceable is a documentary set against the backdrop of the fast-fashion industry and our increasing disconnect of where and how clothing is made, and the hands that create a garment. (68 mins.)
 
4.
Chasing Beauty (2013 Documentary)
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CHASING BEAUTY provides a rare glimpse into the intriguing and complex world of modeling. Behind the... (90 mins.)
Director: Brent Huff
 
5.
The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts (2013 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of Gucci fashion designer, Frida Giannini.
Director: Christina Voros
 
6.
Mademoiselle C (2013 Documentary)
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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. (93 mins.)
Director: Fabien Constant
 
7.
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013 Documentary)
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A documentary on the Manhattan department store with interviews from an array of fashion designers, style icons, and celebrities. (93 mins.)
Director: Matthew Miele
 
8.
About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012 Documentary)
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'About Face' explores beauty and aging through the stories of the original supermodels: women, now between fifty and eighty years old... (75 mins.)
 
9.
Material Success (2012 Documentary)
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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. (83 mins.)
Director: Jesse Mann
 
10.
The Tents (2012 Documentary)
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First ever look behind-the-scenes at NY Fashion Week, with the history of how it all began in the early 1990's... (80 mins.)
Director: James Belzer
 
11.
Versailles '73: American Runway Revolution (2012 Documentary)
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In an era known for protests and sit-ins, the 1973 Grand Divertissement at Versailles, made a statement of its own - a fashion statement... (91 mins.)
 
12.
Call It a Balance in the Unbalance (2011 Documentary)
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Fashion designer Miguel Adrover - eccentric, visionary and freethinker. This is the story of a Majorcan farmer's son... (74 mins.)
Director: Regine Lettner
 
13.
Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel (2011 Documentary)
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A look at the life and work of the influential fashion editor of Harpers Bazaar, Diana Vreeland. (86 mins.)
 
14.
Dressed (2011 Documentary)
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DRESSED is the inspiring story of Laos-American fashion designer, Nary Manivong, who defied a broken childhood and homelessness in Columbus Ohio... (79 mins.)
 
15.
Girl Model (2011 Documentary)
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A documentary on the modeling industry's 'supply chain' between Siberia, Japan, and the U.S., told through the experiences of the scouts, agencies, and a 13-year-old model. (78 mins.)
 
16.
McQueen and I (2011 Documentary)
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Profile of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen. (71 mins.)
Director: Louise Osmond
 
17.
Bill Cunningham New York (2010 Documentary)
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A profile of the noted and extraordinarily cheerful veteran New York City fashion photographer. (84 mins.)
Director: Richard Press
 
18.
L'amour fou (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge. (98 mins.)
 
19.
A Man's Story (2010 Documentary)
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A documentary about fashion designer Ozwald Boateng. (98 mins.)
Director: Varon Bonicos
 
20.
Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010 Documentary)
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An exploration of the clothes, the glamour and the decadence of iconic fashion designer Halston. (85 mins.)
 
21.
The Day Before (2009 Mini-Series)
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A look at the thirty-six hours leading up to a fashion show, focusing on a different designer each episode.
 
22.
Picture Me (2009 Documentary)
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A look at the inner world of modeling. (82 mins.)
 
23.
The September Issue (2009 Documentary)
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A documentary chronicling Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's preparations for the 2007 fall-fashion issue. (90 mins.)
Director: R.J. Cutler
 
24.
Eleven Minutes (2008 Documentary)
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Feature documentary following fashion designer, Jay McCarroll's year-long journey preparing his first independent runway show and selling his clothing line to stores. (103 mins.)
 
25.
Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008 Documentary)
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A look at the life of legendary fashion designer Valentino. (96 mins.)
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
 
26.
Don't Tell My Booker!!! (2007 Documentary)
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Dave Cote takes us on a trip through Super Model VIP Culture, through Milan, Greece, Paris, London, to the Cannes Film Festival... (100 mins.)
Director: Dave Cote
 
27.
Lagerfeld Confidential (2007 Documentary)
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An up-close-and-personal portrait of the fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld. (89 mins.)
 
28.
Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007 Documentary)
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(75 mins.)
Director: Loïc Prigent
 
29.
The Secret World of Haute Couture (2007 Documentary)
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(60 mins.)
Director: Margy Kinmonth
 
30.
Viktor and Rolf: Because We're Worth It! (2006 Documentary)
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At the end of the nineties, Viktor & Rolf broke into the international fashion world as innovative designers... (60 mins.)
Director: Femke Wolting
 
31.
Seamless (2005 Documentary)
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A look at what it takes for young designers to make it in the fashion world. (75 mins.)
Director: Doug Keeve
 
32.
The Legend of Leigh Bowery (2002 Documentary)
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The life of '80's fashion designer/queer icon Leigh Bowery is explored in this documentary. (83 mins.)
Director: Charles Atlas
 
33.
How to Be a Model (A 12 Step Plan) (2003 Documentary)
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The idea of modeling brings to mind the "glamorous" high stakes world of the supermodel, complete with fame... (82 mins.)
Director: Allison Beda
 
34.
Yves Saint Laurent 5 avenue Marceau 75116 Paris (2002 Documentary)
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A 60 days 'huis clos' in the famous house of haute couture. (85 mins.)
Director: David Teboul
 
35.
Beautopia (1998 Documentary)
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(104 mins.)
Director: Katharina Otto
 
36.
In and Out of Fashion (1998 Documentary)
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(88 mins.)
Director: William Klein
 
37.
Scratch the Surface (1997 Documentary)
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Beginning in the early decadent 80's and continuing today, a phenomenon occurred in the US-the Supermodel. (75 mins.)
 
38.
Catwalk (1995 Documentary)
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A camera follows model Christy Turlington through the spring fashion shows in Milan, Paris, and New York one year in the early 1990s... (95 mins.)
Director: Robert Leacock
 
39.
Unzipped (1995 Documentary)
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Isaac Mizrahi, one of the most successful designers in high fashion, plans his fall 1994 collection... (73 mins.)
Director: Douglas Keeve
 
40.
Top Models: Once Upon a Time - The Cinderellas of High Fashion Tell Their Stories (1992 Documentary)
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Linda Evangelista, Claudia Shiffer, Carla Bruni, Naomi Campbell... The international superstars of the world of high fashion... (52 mins.)
Director: Alberto Engeli
 
41.
Models: The Film (1991 Documentary)
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Chronicles five of fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh's muses, the supermodels of the early 1990s. (52 mins.)
Director: Peter Lindbergh
 
42.
Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989 Documentary)
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Wim Wenders talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process and ponders the relationship between cities... (79 mins.)
Director: Wim Wenders
 
43.
Model (1980 Documentary)
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(129 mins.)