I am a sucker for fashion documentaries; they are a great way of taking a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of a designer at work. Here are my top five favorites, and be sure to check out Valentino: The Last Emperor (now in theatres.)
1. Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007), directed by Loic Prigent
An intimate look at the double life of Marc Jacobs as he juggles the responsability of designing for both his New York based brand, and that of French luxury giant Louis Vuitton. Jacobs is personable, curious, and very creative; watching him work is very inspirational and intruiging.
2. Yves Saint Laurent: 5 Avenue Marceau, 75116 Paris (2002), directed by David Teboul
This documentary follows Yves Saint Laurent as he completed his final haute couture collection (before his retirement in 2002.) A wonderful portrait of a master couturier and his breathtaking creations.
3. The Secret World of Haute Couture (2006), produced by the BBC
A very interesting exploration of the commerce and creativity of the Parisian Haute Couture. This film is a rare glimpse into the exclusive and sometimes conflicting world of selling dreams, beauty and luxury.
4. Unzipped (1995), directed by Douglas Keeve
A funny and playful documentary about New York designer Isaac Mizrahi as he prepared his Fall 1994 collection. Mizrahi is a colorful character, but the supermodels steal the show. Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista, Amber Valetta, Shalom Harlow and Carla Bruni all make an appearance.
5. Lagerfeld Confidentiel (2007), directed by Rodolphe Marconi
Although this film doesn't have much footage of Karl Lagerfeld working in the studio, it does provide a peek into the busy (and sometimes bizarre) world of the iconic fashion figure.