A documentary is one of the most alluring ways to raise your fashion IQ and can offer behind-the-scenes insight into the inner-workings of the fashion industry. Whether you’re curious to see how each precious gem is painstakingly hand-stitched into the bodices of a couture gown in a French atelier or simply seek to discover more about the life of your favorite designer, a documentary is a must-add to your watchlist. Read on for the 7 fashion documentaries that we’re most anticipating for 2017.
Directed by Reiner Holzemer, a German documentarian renowned for his intimate portraits of artists and photographers such as Juergen Teller and David Lynch, Dries is an insight into the life and mind of Belgian fashion designer Dries Van Noten. For an entire year, Holzemer documented all of the steps that Van Noten takes to create his four collections and also offers a glimpse into his private life, as he relaxes at home and in his garden with his adorable terrier.
#2: We Margiela
We Margiela is a documentary about the semi-anonymous, barely-photographed Martin Margiela set to debut later this year, coinciding with a book of the same name. The film is a brilliant look into one of fashion’s most fabled houses, which was founded nearly 30-years-ago. Featuring interviews by co-founder Jenny Meirens, alongside other designers, models and collaborators, the film promises to tell the story of Maison Margiela during the Martin Margiela years, which spanned from the house’s inception in 1988 until 2009, when the designer quietly departed from the brand.
#3: Versace: American Crime Story
Not a documentary per se, Versace: American Crime Story is an upcoming docu-series that will tell the story of the July 1997 assassination of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace. The series is based on Maureen Orth’s biography of Versace’s murderer Andrew Cunanan Darren Criss, Vulgar Favors. Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, and Penélope Cruz are all set to star in key roles, while Ricky Martin will appear in a supporting role.
Set to launch in theatres at the end of this year, McQueen is a feature-length documentary about late designer Lee Alexander McQueen, who tragically passed away at his London home seven years ago. Directed by Ian Bonhote, who has done films for Matthew Williamson and Hussein Chalayan, the film follows a feature biopic (which is still under production) and a London play about the renowned fashion designer.
#5: Zara: The Story Of The World’s Richest Man
Set to debut this fall, this documentary will provide an exclusive look into the inner workings of fast fashion giant Zara, from its humble beginnings to its day-to-day operations. It will also feature an intimate glimpse into the life and career of its founder, Amancio Ortega aka “the richest man in the world” (who reportedly earns US $761 every minute.)
#6: Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards
An exploration into the life and work of the man who’s name is synonymous with Carrie Bradshaw’s wardrobe essentials, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards is a feature-length documentary about legendary footwear designer, Manolo Blahnik. Featuring a lineup of high-profile interviewee’s, including Naomi Campbell, Anna Wintour, Paloma Picasso, Rihanna, and more, the doc is set to have a limited global release throughout September and October.
#7:Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
A doc-bio pic about the life of singer, songwriter, supermodel and major muse Grace Jones is set to release in theatres later this year. The film, which has been in the making for over a decade, was directed by English film director and producer Sophie Fiennes. The documentary will use personal and live show footage to provide intimate insight into the artist’s private and public life.