8 Documentaries on Netflix That Are Essential Viewing for Every Fashion Lover

Looking to build that fashion movie library? Here are some titles to get you started:

Take the titles on by genre, filter by producer, go by your favorite actor or stream something straight from the dashboard: no matter how you decide to watch on Netflix, it’s a guarantee that there’s something for everyone. Fashion lovers are certainly not exempt.

“Fashion” may not have its own spot on that sidebar, but a handful of fantastic films, series and documentaries dedicated to the industry are tucked right into the thousands of titles available on the platform. The top-tier selection includes Franca: Chaos & Creation, which tells the story of the late Italian Vogue editor Franca Sozzani. Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women, meanwhile, chronicles the life of Elite Model Management founder John Casablancas, also known as the man who invented the supermodel.

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Those fascinated with high fashion designers, craving for insight on the world of retail and even interested to learn more about the ugly side of the industry can one way or another be satisfied by what Netflix has to offer. Ahead, we list 8 Documentaries on Netflix That Are Essential Viewing for Every Fashion Lover. Dig in:

The Fashion Fund

Featuring Anna Wintour, Steven Kolb, Diane von Furstenberg and Jenna Lyons

The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund invites viewers to see the world of fashion through the eyes of 10 emerging designers vying for a $300,000 contract and a designer mentorship. It’s the career launchpad fashion designers only dream about. 

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards

Starring Manolo Blahnik, Anna Wintour and André Leon Talley

Recounting the humble beginnings and colorful tales of legendary shoe designer Manolo Blahnik, Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes For Lizards is an awe-inspiring tribute to the man behind one of the world’s most iconic shoe brands. Stream it only on Netflix.


Featuring Jeremy Guthrie, Carmelo Anthony, Elliott Curtis and Russ Bengtson

The sneaker craze is more than a fleeting trend: it’s a booming subculture that’s here to stay. But how did the sneaker become today’s most prominent shoe? Where does the hype surrounding sneakers come from in the first place? What are some of the insane lengths sneakerheads are willing to go for a coveted pair of sneakers? Sneakerheadz creators David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge set out to find the answers.

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Starring Dries Van Noten, Iris Apfel, Pamela Golbin

“I don't want to make fast products. Just the fact that you buy [it and] it gives you the kick and after, you're already bored with it. [That’s] not what I want to do. For me, it [has to be] something you can appreciate, that you can wear and a few months later, you can put on again in a different way. And all these things are growing with you as a person, as a personality.” —Dries van Noten

Social Fabric

Starring Justin Hankinson, Kyle Ng

Where fashion meets travel and style is the universal language: Social Fabric is a 12-episode series that takes audiences around the globe as designer and host Kyle Ng explores the many refreshing renditions on trends and streetwear. 


Starring Iris Apfel, Harold Koda, Bruce Weber and Dries van Noten

Style knows no age and the wonderfully flamboyant and unforgettable Iris Apfel is proof. The 93-year-old American businesswoman, interior designer, and fashion icon continues to make headlines and penetrate the fashion industry’s most important circles.

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House of Z

Starring Christina Binkley, Naomi Campbell, Sean 'Diddy' Combs and Zac Posen

“Be realistic about what your goals are. To me, being in fashion is about your work, not about facilitating a lifestyle. Keep it small, make it special. Have a unique POV and a unique voice. If you're entering into fashion in an original way, you have to know your craft and you have to know your history. You have to be obsessively dedicated. You have to be relentless about making it happen. It doesn't take a bank. It takes passion, love, timing, and luck. All the things that look like fabulosity, everything I do publicly is there to facilitate the building of the company. It takes focus.” —Zac Posen

The True Cost

Starring Livia Giuggioli, Stella McCartney and Vandana Shiva.

How much is your brand new outfit worth to you? For the workers who manufactured in dingy sweatshops under inhumane conditions, it’s worth risking their lives. The True Cost is the chilling exposé that puts the unglamorous, treacherous side of fashion at the forefront. It’s a call to think twice about shopping habits, see retail therapy in a new light and consider boycotting fast fashion altogether. 

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These are just some of the fashion films on Netflix waiting to be discovered. Be sure to add these to your watch list.

Words Nicole Blanco Ramos

is a content writer at go! Magazine. Prior to working with Globe, she was the fashion and beauty associate at MEGAstyle.ph, where she was able to combine her love for styling, visual storytelling and writing. Today, she covers a broad range of topics for go! such as entertainment, the NBA, online gaming and tech among others.

Art Alex Lara

is a creative that loves to tell stories through art direction and curating images that capture, inspire and excite whoever sees them.

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