10 Documentaries Every Fashion Lover Should See on Netflix


Fashion week just wrapped up a couple of days ago, and for those who are in the industry, madness finally has come to an end, for now. For those who missed out and want to feel the atmosphere in the fashion industry, D360 has gathered up some of the best fashion documentaries available on Netflix. Either way, there is nothing we love more than curling up with a good fashion flick. Especially after a long day of work. Because let’s face it, it can be stressful and there’s no better way to chill with Netflix and some takeaway!

Fortunately, you can find a right amount of fashion documentaries on Netflix, so you won’t have to struggle to look for one. Some of these documentaries will help inspire your wardrobe, boost your career or even change your perspective towards fashion. Either way, it’s all worth making some time to watch in the following days!


Year: 2014
Director: Albert Maysles
Cast: Iris Apfel, Carl Apfel, Harold Koda, Dries Van Noten, Bruce Webber


What would fashion be without Iris Apfel? A lot duller, that’s what. She has a long history in the design industry, working in textiles and on design restoration at the White House for nine presidents. This documentary follows the 93-year-old legend while choosing dresses, advising models and haggling with buyers. After watching this, you will fall in love with Iris.

The True Cost

Year: 2015
Director: Andrew Morgan
Cast: Livia Giuggioli, Stella McCartney, Vandana Shiva


The True Cost isn’t like any of the rest fashion documentaries you will find on this list, and it isn’t a feel-good film either. BUT it is the most important one. This documentary is about exposing and exploring the impact of fashion on people and the planet. After watching The True Cost, your perspective will change, and you will take a proper long consideration when buying clothes.


Year: 2017
Director: Michael Roberts
Cast: River Hawkins, Rick Kissack, Manolo Blahnik


Ever wonder where Carrie Bradshaw gets her iconic shoes in Sex and the City? That’s right, Manolo Blahnik is one of the masterminds behind them. The legendary shoe designer takes us on a journey on this documentary of his creative process and work. We thought the film was great!

The September Issue

Year: 2009
Director: R.J. Cutler
Cast: Anna Wintour, Thakoon Panichgul, André Leon Talley


One of the classics that you can’t miss out. Seriously, who wouldn’t want to know more insights on Anna Wintour? This fashion documentary captures the iconic Vogue editor in chief sharing her opinions, making preparations and setting trends for the prominent September issue.

Dior and I

Year: 2014
Director: Frédéric Tcheng
Cast: Christian Dior, Omar Berrada, Raf Simons


Dior and I, a fascinating and realistic behind-the-scenes of fashion. This fashion documentary captures the creation of Raf Simons’ first haute couture collection as its new artistic director.

House of Z

Year: 2017
Director: Sandy Chronopoulos
Cast: Zac Posen, Christina Binkley, Naomi Campbell, Sean Combs


House of Z documents the rise of fashion designer Zac Posen, his epic fall from favor, and his challenge to rebuild his company and his reputation. The documentary depicts the ups and downs of the fashion industry.

Maddman: Steve Madden Story

Year: 2017
Director: Ben Patterson
Cast: Steve Madden


This is the story of Steve Madden, a $1 billion designer footwear empire, depicting the rise, fall, and resurrection of his career. This documentary explores how Madden repeatedly nearly destroyed his life and was sent to prison because of his involvement with Jordan Belfort. But after his release, he started to rebuild his empire.


Year: 2017
Director: Reiner Holzemer
Cast: Dries Van Noten, Iris Apfel, Pamela Golbin


Dries Van Noten is one of the most unique and successful independent fashion designers in the world. This film insights into the life, mind and creative heart of a Master Fashion Designer — we can witness him creating four collections in the documentary, we don’t want to miss that out!

Jeremy Scott, the People's Designer

Year: 2015
Director: Vlad Yudin
Cast: Jeremy Scott, Devon Aoki, Eva Chen


The story of the king of pop culture fashion designer, Jeremy Scott. This documentary was released three years ago and made its way onto Netflix. It follows how he went from “farm-boy” from Missouri to Creative Director of Moschino and his creations. Sneak peek! There are quite a bit of guest appearances: from ASAP Rocky, Miley Cyrus to Lady Gaga and so much more! Watch the fashion documentary on Netflix not to miss out!

Fresh Dressed

Year: 2015
Director: Sacha Jenkins
Cast: Damon Dash, Daymond John, Karl Kani


Unlike all the other high-end, haute couture documentaries, Fresh Dressed demonstrates the history of hip-hop and how the style was born and has taken on a whole new meaning. It is a fascinating film that we most definitely recommend!