16 Fashion Movies, Shows and Docs on Our Must-Stream List

Lose yourself in something pretty, learn a lesson about the clothes on your back and who puts them there or get sucked into several seasons of a binge-worthy show

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MOVIES

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)
Stream on: Google Play
One of two gorgeous 2014 French films (Saint Laurent is also available on Google Play) focused on the icon designer’s early career, who was chosen as the successor to the house of Dior at just 21 (!). Saint Laurent met his longtime partner in life and business Pierre Bergé (who authorized this version of their story) soon after and would go on, of course, to form the YSL Company, which thrives to this day under the creative leadership of Hedi Slimane.

Funny Face (1957)
Stream on: Google Play
A true classic. Fashion photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire) finds the fresh look he was looking for in bookstore assistant Jo Stockton (Audrey Hepburn). He convinces her to become a model and whisks her off to Paris where they fall in love amidst glorious Technicolor photoshoots, musical numbers and runway shows. The character of Dick Avery was partially based on famed photographer Richard Avedon, who designed the opening title sequence and was a consultant on the film.

Ready To Wear/Prêt-À-Porter (1994)
Stream on: Google Play
Director Robert Altman pokes fun at the fashion industry as he weaves multiple storylines of love, competition and murder with Paris Fashion Week as his backdrop. Just like the frantic energy of today’s fashion circus, Ready To Wear features an all-star cast (Julia Roberts, Sophia Lauren, Kim Basinger, Tracey Ullman) and an equally long list of cameos (Cher, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, just to name a few).

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The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Stream on: Google Play
Featuring costume design by Patricia Fields, wannabe journalist Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) tries to work her way up by taking a job as an assistant to fashion editor Miranda Priestley (Meryl Streep), a caricature of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The film stroked pop culture’s interest in the fashion magazine world, turned Wintour into a recognizable figure outside of the industry and, thanks to GIFs, has made “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking” an inescapable joke.

Zoolander (2001)
Stream on: Netflix, Google Play
Ben Stiller’s classic comedy pokes fun at fashion as the really, really good-looking Derek Zoolander (Stiller) and his rival Hansel (Owen Wilson) put aside their rivalry to take down Mugatu (Will Ferrell) who plans to assassinate the prime minister of Malaysia. Stiller and Wilson recently reprised their roles to strut in Valentino’s fall/winter 2016 show to announce the production of Zoolander 2, out February 12, 2016. But will Zoolander’s “Blue Steel” still be a hit in the age of Insta? Time will only tell.

DOCUMENTARIES

Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2013)
Stream on: Google Play
Before there was Anna Wintour, there was Diana Vreeland. Directed by her granddaughter-in-law Lisa Immordino Vreeland, the documentary traces the life and career of the former Harper’s Bazaar columnist and Vogue editor-in-chief whose outlandish advice, celebration of uniqueness, love of exotic locations and work for the Metropolitan Museum of Art that made her a standout figure in fashion.

Dior and I (2015)
Stream on: Netflix, Google Play
With Raf Simons’ October departure from Dior still fresh, it feels fitting to revisit the beginning of his three-year tenure at the French fashion house. Directed by Frédéric Tcheng, Dior and I draws parallels between the label’s namesake and the shy Belgian designer while shining a spotlight on Dior’s talented and charismatic team of seamstresses.

YSL: L’amour Fou (2011)
Stream on: Netflix, Google Play
With two biopics having been released within months of each other (see Yves Saint Laurent, above), interest in the life of Yves Saint Laurent has peaked in recent years. But neither biopic is able to paint an intimate portrait of the French designer like L’Amour Fou. The doc outlines Saint Laurent’s life just as his business and former life partner Pierre Biergé prepares to sell their personal art collection.

The True Cost (2015)
Stream on: Netflix, Google Play
Following the Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh—which claimed the lives of 1,129 garment workers—True Cost turns the public’s attention from bargain basement prices to the very real socio-economic, environmental and ethical problems faced by the fast fashion industry.

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s (2013)
Stream on: Google Play
Bergdorf Goodman’s influence on the fashion industry is far more extensive than this doc’s long list of interviewees, from cultivating new designers to stories about its elite clientele. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf’s reveals how the New York instiution has become the height of luxury retail.

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The September Issue (2009)
Stream on: Google Play
The September Issue should be required viewing for anyone interested in the world of fashion publishing. The filmmakers we granted never-before-seen access to the Vogue offices, to reveal the work that goes into producing the legendary September issue and pull back the curtain on the enigmatic Anna Wintour. Plus, the mag’s charming creative director, Grace Coddington, steals the show!

Chasing Beauty (2013)
Stream on: Netflix
Through interviews with models, photographers and agents, Chasing Beauty reveals the subtle and not-so-subtle cruelties and pressures of the modeling industry, outlining the impossible demands and difficult challenges faced by the men and women who aspire to reach the upper echelons—which in reality is a very rare feat.

TV SHOWS

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Ugly Betty (2006-2010)
Stream on: Google Play
America Ferrera stars as Betty Suarez, a sartorially challenged writer who lands a job as the assistant to an entitled editor-in-chief at a fashion magazine. Borrowing from its telenovela roots, Ugly Betty is a campy comedy-drama that features murder mysteries, good ol’ fashion family values, and occasional cameos from the likes of Naomi Campbell, Victoria Beckham and a young Adele.

Gossip Girl (2007-2012)
Stream on: Google Play and Shomi starting December 26You could watch this show on mute and still swoon over the clothes and NYC locations, but why would you want to miss out on the deliciously bitchy workings of private school life on the Upper East Side? BFFs Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and their crew of VRTs (very rich teens) live lives of OTT glamour, plagued by the overlord Gossip Girl, who seems to know all their secrets…

America’s Next Top Model (2003-2015)
Stream on: Shomi
After 22 cycles, Tyra Banks is closing the book on her brainchild. While the reality show never actually launched a supermodel, it did feature one of TV’s best reality show freak outs (“We were all rooting for you!”) and introduced “smize” (smiling with your eyes) into our lexicon. ANTM also inspired 55 international versions of the show, including a three-season long Canadian version hosted by Tricia Helfer and ANTM creative director Jay Manuel.

The Rachel Zoe Project (2008-2013)
Stream on: Google Play
Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe—who has dressed the likes of Anne Hathaway and now-former-client Jennifer Lawrence—became a celebrity herself when she let cameras in as she gradually expanded her brand from dressing clients in her garage-turned-office to launching her very own personal brand. The series is a lesson in marketing, style and (mis)managing relationships.

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