An obvious tribute to Chanel, French actress Audrey Tautou plays the titular couture creator, who became the first major female designer at a time when men reigned supreme in the industry. Coco before Chanel follows Gabrielle Chanel as she works as a seamstress by day and a cabaret entertainer by night. Based on real life events, she even dives into her encounter with a wealthy heir of whom she becomes a lover and fashion consultant.
Watch Coco Before Chanel on Apple TV here.
The assassination of Gianni Versace (2018)
Anyone with their finger on the pulse of fashion will be well acquainted with the Italian fashion house, Versace. But what some may not know if the scandal and the mortal crime that took the life of the founder of the fashion house, Gianni. This nine-episode series follows the murder of designer Gianni Versace in July 1997, when Andrew Cunanan, who met the famous designer in San Francisco in 1990, shot him in front of his Miami Beach mansion.
Watch The Assassination of Gianni Versace on Netflix here.
Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
This French biopic focuses on the life of owner Yves Saint Laurent, from his work to his personal life and relationships. Yves Saint Laurent casts a much needed light in the world of the French fashion house during the second half of the 20th century. If you adore YSL but aren’t familiar with the man himself, this film is a great way to get to know the designer even better than simply scouring the runways during Fashion Week.
Watch Yves Saint Laurent on ABC iView here.
Dior and me (2015)
Fashion pundits will know that the Dior house, just like every other house, has gone through a plethora of creative directors. In Dior and me, the focus is on Raf Simons’ iconic reign from 2012 to 2015 and the talented artisans of fashion house Christian Dior helping the new Simons put together their first haute couture collection over the course of eight weeks. Trust us, you will eventually get goosebumps.
Watch Dior And I on Amazon Prime here.
This five-episode series is based on the 1991 book Simply Halston: The Untold Story by Steven Gaines and follows the rise of the late designer he was known for dressing prominent celebrities, from Liza Minnelli to Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie O. And at the end of his life, the all-American designer’s influence led him to become a full-fledged celebrity.
Clock Halston on Netflix here.
If you’re curious about the rise of British designer Alexander McQueen, this searing documentary explores his life from his earliest days in East London. To audiences, McQueen’s work was beautiful, yet controversial, with some describing it as unpleasant and sometimes shocking. McQueen explores the beauty of his work, as well as his personal struggles and the darkness that led to him tragically taking his own life in 2010.
Watch McQueen on Netflix here.
Taking a break from generation-old couture fashion houses, Dries Van Noten has always been known for his colorful and romantic creations that showcase craftsmanship. Coming from a family of tailors, the Belgian designer prides himself on tradition rather than shocking. Notoriously secretive, Dries rarely gives interviews, making this documentary one of the few insights into his creative process that he has perfected over the past 25 years.
Watch Dries on Amazon Prime here.