We have all been there. With the entirety of Netflix at your disposal with just a click of a button, trying to find a movie can be a difficult task. Even if you know that you want to watch a light-heart movie, Netflix’s recommendation black hole can be very persuasive. But if you love fashion, don’t worry, I have it all sorted out for you.
In this post, I would share with you the fashion movies available on Netflix that are worth the time and energy. P.S. I’m subscribed to Netflix Poland (as I stay in Poland) and thus do not have access to all the movies and so this list covers the movies that were visible on my account. Also, these are not movies with great costumes or fashion moments. These movies take you inside the world of fashion and lifestyle.
Franca: Chaos and Creation
When Franca Sozzani took over as editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia at the end of the 80s, she started a fashion revolution. Shunning the conventional magazine covers and fashion spreads of the time, she explored subjects that had previously been off-limits. By skillfully mixing fashion, high concept art, and photography, she created some of the most iconic magazine covers of the past 25 years. Franca: Chaos and Creation is a 2016 documentary film directed by Francesco Carrozzini. The film focuses on his mother Franca Sozzani, editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia for nearly three decades, and highlights her groundbreaking influence on fashion editorials while also exploring the relationship between Sozzani and Carrozzini as mother and son.
House of Z
Zac Posen rocketed to fashion stardom at a young age with his unique design aesthetic and charismatic presence, becoming one the most recognizable faces in the business today. But like any journey to great success it hasn’t come without cost. Sandy Chronopoulos’ film looks past the glamor of the red carpet and the runway to shine a light on the trials and tribulations of running one of the country’s most successful fashion houses.
Iris is a 2014 American documentary film directed by Albert Maysles about the life of fashion icon Iris Apfel. More than a fashion film, the documentary is a story about creativity and how, even in Iris’ dotage, a soaring free spirit continues to inspire. IRIS portrays a singular woman whose enthusiasm for fashion, art and people are life’s sustenance and reminds us that dressing, and indeed life, is nothing but an experiment.
Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer is a 2015 documentary film directed by Vlad Yudin is the story of fashion designer Jeremy Scott’s ascent from a small town in Missouri to his current position as the Creative Director of Moschino. The film offers an in-depth insight from fashion industry leaders and A-list celebrities on how he has been able to break through as one of the most respected designers in the world without compromising his bold and unconventional style.
Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards is the charming portrait of legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, whose impeccable dedication to his craft set a fashion standard among celebrities, stylists, and industry icons. Longtime fashion journalist Michael Roberts presents this never-before-seen peek into Mr. Blahnik’s world, featuring the ‘who’s who’ of the fashion and entertainment industries.
The Secrets of Selfridges
It is not an individual movie but a part of the Secrets of Britain series. It is the story of the innovative retailer, Harry Gordon Selfridge, and the landmark department store he founded.
Witness the incredible rise, fall, and resurrection of Steve Madden, the man who launched a billion-dollar fashion empire and whose branded shoes are in the closet of practically every woman under 30 in America. The film recounts how Madden rebuilt his life following imprisonment because of his entanglement with the infamous Wolf of Wall Street, Jordan Belfort.
The True Cost
The True Cost is a 2015 documentary film directed by Andrew Morgan that focuses on fast fashion. It is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? It discusses several aspects of the garment industry from production—mainly exploring the life of low-wage workers in developing countries—to its after-effects such as river and soil pollution, pesticide contamination, disease and death. Using an approach that looks at environmental, social and psychological aspects, it also examines consumerism and mass media, ultimately linking them to global capitalism.
There are many more movies but since they are not available on Netflix, I would cover them in another post soon. Would you add any of these to your watch list on Netflix?
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