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Five iconic fashion films that every fashionista must watch!

If you thought the fashion world was only about champagne and air kisses, these movies will have you re-think

brunch Updated: Oct 23, 2017 13:02 IST
Farhad J. Dadyburjor
Add these iconic films to your watchlist this weekend
Add these iconic films to your watchlist this weekend

1. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)

The film follows Valentino Garavani’s last two years as a designer.

This is an insightful docu-film on the enigmatic couturier. It follows Valentino Garavani’s last two years as a designer, as he puts together his final show. Always impeccably dressed with his tan and clutch of pampered pugs, we go into his numerous homes, follow him at celebrity parties, and get an intimate look at his relationship with his long-time personal and business partner Giancarlo Giammetti.

2. The September Issue (2009)

The film is a behind-the-scenes look in the office of US Vogue, where the year’s big, fat September issue is put together

A behind-the-scenes look in the office of US Vogue, where the year’s big, fat September issue is put together. We view the tensions, the numerous meetings, the re-shoots and office politics that come along. We hear from famed editor-in-chief Anna Wintour and her second-in-command Grace Coddington. Editing the most prestigious fashion magazine is no easy business, and as Wintour fixes you with her steely gaze and says “There’s something about fashion which frightens some people,” you can’t disagree!

3. Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

The designer’s actual creations from the YSL archives are also shown in the film

This French biopic by Jalil Lespert on the late fashion genius begins from Saint Laurent’s upbringing in French Algeria, to his meteoric rise at Christian Dior with the swirl of drugs, depression, men and parties. Made with the consent of his business and romantic partner, Pierre Bergé, the designer’s actual creations from the YSL archives are also shown.

4. Versace: The Documentary (2017)

This film is a documentary that follows Donatella Versace.

This YouTube documentary follows Donatella Versace from fittings to managing egos in her atelier to ensuring every detail is in place before the Versace and Versus showings. Forced to shoulder the entire business after the murder of her brother Gianni, she treats her colleagues like family. For the first time, the camera is also allowed into Gianni’s bedroom and house, which has since been shut.

5. Mademoiselle C (2013)

The film centres around the iconic editor Carine Roitfeld

This glossy docu-film (also available on YouTube) centres around the iconic editor Carine Roitfeld, as she makes her transition after being Paris Vogue’s editor to launching her own fashion magazine CR Fashion Book. We see her at staff meeting and shoots, encumbering issues that come with a new launch. Unfortunately we don’t get to see who she really is – when the designer clothes and make-up come off.

From HT Brunch, October 15, 2017

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