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Seven must-watch documentaries for a head start into fashion world

Dian Arthen
Dian Arthen

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Mon, May 30, 2016  /  04:56 pm
Seven must-watch documentaries for a head start into fashion world

People gather outside the Emporio Armani fashion show building for Milan Women's Fashion Week on Sept. 25, 2015, in Milan. (

Fashion is more than just clothes, accessories and overall good looks. There are many layers to this job that have allowed this industry to survive over time.

Before you make a decision to pursue a career in the world of fashion, you might want to check out these documentaries to see if it is suitable to your interests.


Dior and I

Back in October last year, the world of fashion was shocked to hear about the sudden departure of Belgian designer Raf Simons from Dior after only three years of being anointed as the creative director of the luxury brand. This documentary Dior and I takes us back to the days when Simons was busy preparing his first fashion show for Dior when he had just eight weeks to launch his collection.



Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

American photographer Annie Leibovitz has been known for capturing many iconic images of high profile individuals from Hollywood celebrities, supermodels and political figures. In Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens, the director, who is Annie’s sister Barbara Leibovitz, shows viewers a rare glimpse of the photographer's personal and professional lives.

Bill Cunningham New York

Before the internet and social media apps turned every mere mortal into a street-fashion photographer and fashion blogger, there was Bill Cunningham, the street-style photographer who worked for decades at The New York Times. Fifty years after starting to travel on the streets of New York to photograph well-heeled fashionistas and stylish ordinary New Yorkers, Cunningham turned into the subject of the camera in this fascinating documentary that chronicles his everyday life.

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The September Issue

Ever wonder what it feels like to work with the No.1 fashion publication in the world, the American Vogue magazine, and to get an up close and personal look into the glamorous life of Anna Wintour? Filmmaker R.J. Cutler gains an exclusive view into the inner workings and people behind this fashion bible as they prepare for the September issue, a month that’s considered the January in the fashion universe.

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In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

If the aforementioned documentary revolves around the life of Vogue’s editor-in-chief, now meet the past and present fashion editors of the publication who are the visionary women behind all the iconic, influential and high-fashion images of Vogue in this film, In Vogue: The Editor’s Eye.


The True Cost

We all have the perception in our head that fashion is a very glamorized industry filled with rich and good looking people. This documentary really depicts that assumption by showing the real workers, the underpaid laborers from developing countries who work hard to produce the “fashionable” clothes that we wear every day.

The First Monday in May

The Met Ball, also known as the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit, is a high-end, black-tie event attended by A-listers that has gained a reputation for being the Oscars of fashion. The annual event, held on every first Monday of May, aims to raise money for the Costume Institute. The documentary The First Monday in May brings you a behind-the-scenes look at the preparation of the highly exclusive Met Gala event, an evening party with the hardest tickets of the year to get.

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