Six fashion documentaries made to inspire

By Alyssa Marie Sobere

A cultural trip to fashion capitals such as Milan or Paris can, every so often, just be the same as a binge-trip to several of today’s acclaimed fashion documentaries. There is no more excuse not to swot up on your fashion knowledge with just a click away online.

From stringent deadlines down to the personal lives of the people who kept the sewing machines spinning, the following films provide us with a shot of insight and reality as they take us behind the curtains of seemingly impenetrable fashion empires.

The Devil Wears Prada is in this industry, you are not mistaken. She is Anna Wintour, personified, and filmmaker R.J. Cutler offers us a quite good reason. The September Issue gives us an unparalleled access to the center-of-action as editor-in-chief Wintour reels us to the highs and lows of the prodigious preparations needed to produce the autumn issue of American Vogue.

Screenshot: The True Cost

The True Cost

The runway is not the only thing fashion could kill. The True Cost is the chilling plot in itself—the environmental trace that negatively impacts the planet and the unethical factory conditions that take away lives and dreams of workers are what consumers pay up for the price of factory-made, mass-produced garments to big-profit companies. Stripped of the usual glamour and outward frivolity of the industry, filmmaker Andrew Morgan did not fail in making us question our consumption all in the name of fashion.

Screenshot: House of Z

House of Z

Just as the fairytale allure fashion designer Zac Posen presents to the runway and red carpet, the same can be said about his own personal life from his epic crash-and-burn to his now transpiring comeback. Director Sandy Chronopoulos’ House of Z portrays Posen as the candid artist everyone comes back to love.

September 06, 2018
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