5 Must-Watch Documentaries

5. Mademoiselle C.*

Carine Roitfeld, former Vogue Paris Editor-in-Chief, is followed as she readies the launch of her new fashion magazine, CR Fashion Book. Leaving a Condé Nast publication with your name at the top of the masthead is a very bold move, and the “Queen of porno-chic” is aware of the risk. Carine’s hands-on approach and passion pulls you in and makes you root for her! Tom Ford and Karl Lagerfeld, among other fashion icons, make cameos in this documentary to support Carine’s transition.

“Fashion is to change oneself, to become the person we’d really like to be.” – Carine Roitfeld

 

 

4. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s*

The title of this documentary is dramatic and rightfully so. Bergdorf Goodman is a legendary department store and to fashion enthusiasts, who don’t hail from New York City, this is a tourist attraction that’s just as important as the Statue of Liberty. This emporium is responsible for catapulting careers and discovering iconic fashion designers such as Michael Kors.

“If your clothes are not at that place, then they have no future. There’s no future for those clothes. Sorry.” – Isaac Mizrahi

 

 

3. Unzipped*

Raw. Gritty. Uncut. Hilarious. Four perfect terms that come to mind when watching Isaac Mizrahi’s preparation for his 1994 fashion show. After reading a harsh review on his prior collection, Isaac is filmed in black and white, which provides an even more vintage feel to the ’94 documentary, as he curates a collection based on faux furs, color and “beastly” textures. Long-legged beauties Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista appear to grace the runway with their presence.

“Everything is frustrating. Every single thing is frustrating, except designing clothes. That’s not frustrating. That’s really liberating and beautiful.”

 

 

2. Fresh Dressed*

Black culture birthed hip-hop fashion, which is now recognized internationally. The epidemic formally known as “gang-wear” influenced celebrated brands in the 90s and early millennium from Cross Colours and Karl Kani to Rocawear and Sean John. The rise and fall of hip hops most glorified brands is depicted as you learn the importance of Cazals and Kangols and watch the ever-changing fashion industry negatively effect this astonishing phase. Nas, Kanye West and Pharrell are just a few of the familiar faces seen in this documentary.

“Being fresh is more important than having money. The entire time I grew up, I only wanted money so I could be fresh.” – Kanye West

 

 

1. The September Issue

Anna Wintour, The God, has had her name at the top of Vogue’s masthead for 28 years. Issues are released every month, but September is always the most significant and largest due to the announcement of new trends for the upcoming season. Anna is a risk-taking pioneer who keeps readers anxious and excited. Designers can only hope to have their new collections displayed in the fashion bible in September. Grace Coddington,  Vogue’s Creative Director and André Leon Talley, Vogue’s former Editor-at-Large and Durham, NC native/NCCU alumnus provide commentary, among other prominent industry figures.

“There is something about fashion that can make people very nervous.” – Anna Wintour

 

*Available on Netflix

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