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8 fantastic fashion and art documentaries to watch

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8 fantastic fashion and art documentaries to watch

Dive into the glitzy lives of the world's most influential fashion designers and discover the hidden stories of fascinating artists.

8 fantastic fashion and art documentaries to watch

The First Monday in May

The perfect dose of escapism, join Vogue‘s Anna Wintour as she prepares for the biggest event in the fashion calendar: The Met Gala.

The filmmakers gain unprecedented access behind the scenes as the team gets ready to host the most famous celebrities, artists and designers, while exploring the debate on whether fashion should be considered art.

Where to watch: AppleTV, Google Play

Cutie and the Boxer

The Sundace-winning documentary follows the fascinating lives of two artists, Ushio Shinohara, who is renowned for his unique ‘boxing’ paintings, and his illustrator wife Noriko.

Married for 40 years, the film explores Ushio’s struggle with artistic legacy, while Noriko finally gains recognition for her own artwork.

Where to watch: AppleTV, Google Play

Dior and I

Ever wanted to step inside the world of Dior Haute Couture? Dior and I is a stunning documentary that follows designer Raf Simons as he creates his first collection for the fashion house as Creative Director.

With just eight weeks to prepare, the stakes and high and what Simons pulls off is nothing short of exceptional.

Where to watch: AppleTV, Academy OnDemand


A joyous celebration of a true style icon, Iris follows the life of 94-year-old New York fashionista Iris Apfel. Join Apfel as she selects pieces for a touring Met exhibition of her incredible collection of fashion accessories.

“Iris’s resilience is a wonder to behold, never more so than when she dismisses the idea of being “pretty” – for her, the only thing that matters is style” – New York Film Festival

Where to watch: AppleTV, Google Play

Bill Cunningham New York

Acclaimed New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham has documented street style for decades.

Uplifting and dazzling, the documentary tells the story of the man behind the lens, while showcasing some of the most incredible fashion moments throughout history.

Where to watch: AppleTV, Academy OnDemand


Explore the life of one of Britain’s most influential and daring fashion designers, Alexander McQueen.

Known for his controversial and chaotic fashion shows, McQueen pushed the boundaries of the fashion world and the film takes a multi-faceted look at his life and career.

Where to watch: AppleTV, Google Play, Academy OnDemand

I’m An Electric Lampshade

This hidden gem documentary tells the story of Doug McCorkle, a mild-mannered accountant who dreams of becoming a glamorous pop star.

The ‘mind-bending odyssey’ features an eclectic cast of undiscovered talent, journeying to the USA, Mexico and the Philippines.

Where to watch: DocEdge

Stevenson: Lost and Found

Personal storytelling at its finest, Stevenson: Lost and Found captures the wit and whimsy of cartoonist James Stevenson.

Directed by Kiwi filmmaker Sally Jean Williams, the film is an intimate portrayal of one of the world’s most prolific cartoonists.

Where to watch: DocEdge

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