To really get up to date with your fashion documentaries, these are the others on my must-see list:
Bill Cunningham New York
Bill Cunningham is THE original street style photographer by which so many have been inspired today. Known for being fascinatingly unknown, this doco offers deep and moving, but very fleeting, moments of insight into his life at the New York Times and at home. Intriguingly, these moments leave you desperately yearning to know more about what makes Bill tick. His dedication to and passion (I use the word in its deepest and truest sense) for photographing the stylish people of New York has been a vocation of love compelled by an interest in fashion and how it transforms people. Despite the glitz, glamour and sartorial glow to which he is so magnetically attracted, Bill lives modestly and is himself a touchingly humble man. He almost lives through his work.
You'll be trying to smudge your black eye make-up like Carine Roitfeld after watching this one. Known for being the editor of Paris Vogue, this doco follows the creation of her first issue of CR Fashion Book (check past issues out online- they are SIMPLY AMAZING http://www.crfashionbook.com). She painstakingly commits to this beautiful magazine, which turns out to be as achingly stunning and alluring as Carine is. By the end you'll agree with me that she's probably the sexiest woman (let alone grandmother- she becomes one of those too in this film) alive- and seemingly without any effort on her part at all.
Valentino: The Last Emperor
Find yourself besotted with Valentino Garavani and his partner in business and life, Giancarlo Giammetti, after watching this documentary. It charts the development of the Valentino brand, revealing much about this couple's dynamics, until the final curtain in the form of Valentino's last Haute Couture show. Warning: you will blubber by the end (and all the way through if you're a sop for fashion like me). This film shows fashion is art.
The September Issue
This needs little, if any introduction or explanation! I think anyone into fashion has seen this, but even if you're not into clothes, The September Issue provides a fascinating insight into the world of magazine publishing and a female dynamo, powerhouse extraordinaire: Anna Wintour.
Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's
This documentary proves there is a soul to shopping- a living heartbeat. Go behind the scenes at the legendary Fifth Avenue Bergdorf Goodman's and meet the mother of all personal shoppers to the rich and famous, Betty Halbriech. A team (no less) of creatives come together to mastermind the Christmas window display and a glittering list of fashion names is interviewed about why Bergdorf's is so very magical to them.