Watching fashion documentaries in your free time is a useful and interesting activity: it can give you more “insider’s” information and teach you about the industry. You might feel more related to the greatest designers as well when you hear and see their stories from the very beginning.

Check out this list of 50 very interesting full-length fashion documentaries and interviews instantly streamable on Youtube and Vimeo, all of them produced by reputable outfits like the Discovery Channel, BBC, SHOWStudio, and Vogue.

1. McQueen And I

Alexander McQueen is a genius. He is a pure example of artistic sincerity.  This documentary is telling a story of how the world knew him. Touching, inspiring and endlessly sad.

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2. The Next Black – A film about the Future of Clothing

Check out this cool documentary about the future of fashion: wearables, smart textiles, eco-friendliness, and so on. Take a look at world’s most innovative companies and their thoughts on the industry and its development. This fashion documentary takes a glimpse at sustainability heroes, Patagonia; tech-clothing brand, Studio XO; sportswear megabrand, Adidas; and Biocouture, a consulting firm exploring biological ways of growing fibers.

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3. Made in Bangladesh – the fifth estate

Before starting your fashion company, before watching anything else, look at this. No beauty is worth unethical slavery-like treatment of people. No fame is a glory if it is derived from humiliation. Lots of clothing have the label “Made in Bangladesh”. This video is exploring its manufacturing “behind-the-scenes”.

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4. Ralph Lauren’s Top 10 Rules For Success

A talented designer and a great businessman, Ralph Lauren, is sharing his inspiring story and highlighting the components of a great fashion brand.

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5. In Fashion: Olivier Rousteing interview, uncut footage

From orphanage to the top of one of the oldest French luxury houses, Balmain. Olivier shows his open-minded, charismatic and inspirational personality.

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6. In Vogue: The Editors Eye (2012)

Delicate documentary attached to 120th anniversary of Vogue. It is focused specifically on the fashion editors past and present who have shaped the magazine’s legacy.

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7. Tom Ford 2015 Documentary

A glimpse into the life of iconic fashion figure, his inspiration, cinematographic experience and idea of fashion as a mirror of society.

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8. Kate Moss. Creating an Icon

 Kate Moss documentary is showing the rise of the iconic model.

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9. BBC Omnibus – Mario Testino

This fashion documentary is dedicated to Mario Testino, one of the most famous fashion photographers. Featuring interviews with Anna Wintour, Tom Ford, Graydon Carter, and Kate Moss, the documentary explores intimately Testino’s life and work and has unprecedented access behind-the-scenes.

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10.Why Beauty Matters

This documentary might correspond to your personal opinion about the trajectory of the modern art. You can also find it absurd or closed-minded. The most important thing is that this investigation will certainly make you think more about BEAUTY and its meaning.

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11. Sold Out

Explore Supreme brand, its history, and popularity in this fashion documentary, that primarily explores a unique phenomenon of “resellers”. Learn what can happen when cool becomes limited.

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12. Revealing Garments: A Brief History of Women’s Underwear

Underwear is the focus of this lecture by H. Kristina Haugland, associate curator of Costume and Textiles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The history of feminine undergarments—corsets and drawers, bustles and brassieres, stockings and shoulder pads—reflects changing ideals of women’s figures and societal roles.

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13. Alexa Chung Uncovers Fashion Industry Secrets – Full Series One | Future of Fashion 

Trying to satisfy the curiosity of her global audience, Chung investigates fashion from the inside out. She tries to prove that fashion is not a world that is frivolous, elitist and unprofitable. It is rather an art form,  a career of choice and prospering industry. Fashion can be underrated and holds masses of opportunity for anyone who wants to get involved.

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14. Advanced Style – Documentary on Aging with Fashion and Brilliance

ADVANCED STYLE follows New York’s senior citizens that have fascinating taste and have delivered an inspiration for people globally that extends beyond clothes. Lina Plioplyte and Ari Seth Cohen of the Advanced Style blog tell the story of the blog and share the fragments from their anticipated documentary in this BYOD interview, hosted by Ondi Timoner.

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15.High Fashion Low Countries

One of the reasons why I love Belgium and Netherlands is that they bring these innovative, open-minded and provocative ideas to the world. This fashion documentary is amazing and MUST-SEE. This project was initiated by avant-garde brands and known design institutes to explore the new frontiers in fashion technology and sustainable design.

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16. SHOWstudio: Hood By Air: Trans – Process Film

In the lead up to his A/W 14 Hood by Air show, Marie Schuller visited Shayne Oliver’s NYC studio to capture him finalizing his collection

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17. Sugar Coated – A short documentary about Lolita Fashion

Lolita, a fashion movement that came from the streets of Harajuku, Tokyo, has a growing group of followers in LA. In this documentary, 72U investigates four Lolitas to know more about their motivations for taking on this unique style. The documentary has screened at 17 film festivals internationally, 3 of which are Academy Award qualifying.

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18. Tailored Stories – An Oral History of Savile Row

This documentary film celebrates the history and skills of the men and women in the bespoke tailoring industry with candid stories of hardship and pride, working conditions, conflict and camaraderie with the famous and powerful. Most of all, this film puts those who have made the area synonymous with the highest quality craftsmanship.

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19. Changing the world through fashion: Eva Kruse at TEDxCopenhagen

Inspiring and powerful speech by Eva Kruse, CEO and President of Danish Fashion Institute and Copenhagen Fashion Week. Her talk is about what every one of us can do to improve our personal footprint and the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry.

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20. Victoria Beckham Skype Documentary

A documentary about Victoria Beckham, her career as a fashion designer, her inspirations, and vision.

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21.Vera Wang – Figure Skater To Fashion Icon | Behind The Label

Vera Wang, a designer whose name is synonymous with the bridal business, got her start when her own stylish wedding sent her career skyrocketing. The former figure skater is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections. Hear about what inspires her while seeing her Hamptons home.

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22. BBC Perfume documentary Part1 “Something old, something new”

Perfume is a liquid luxury. This BBC documentary explores the mass market, its segmentation, marketing and its history.

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23. Gaga By Gaultier Documentary

A candid documentary about one of the greatest and most extravagant women of all time – Lady Gaga.

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24. Alexander Wang – Vogue Voices

In one of the Vogue’s video series, Alexander Wang, design wunderkind and recently appointed creative director of Balenciaga, talks about his ever-evolving creative process.

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25. Rick Owens by Sofia Tchkonia

This is a great interview with fantastically original fashion designer Rick Owens. His works carry strong idea and attitude and so does him.

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26. Yohji Yamamoto in conversation with Prof Frances Corner OBE

“I hate fashion. I am a dress-maker”. Philosophy and concept behind Yohji Yamamoto brand revealed in this interview carried in London College of Fashion.

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27. John Galliano: First TV interview post-scandal

Fashion designer John Galliano interview by Charlie Rose, in which he tells his story from childhood to the top of Dior and apologizes for scandalous incident associated with him.

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28. Focus On John Galliano for Christian Dior | Haute Couture Retrospective (2008-2011)

The compilation of Dior’s John Galliano haute couture shows from 2008 to 2011, displaying mesmerizing works of the designer.

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29. A Morning with Paul Smith

Paul Smith: Britain’s most successful fashion designer tells The Goddess Guide how he built his dream.

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30. Boss Women: Anna Wintour (2000)

BBC Boss Women: Anna Wintour (2000)  – follow the editor-in-chief of American Vogue, Anna Wintour, who was the basis of Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada, as she oversees the making of the February 2000 issue.

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31. Giorgio Armani’s Influence on Hollywood | Behind the Label

A conversation with fashion legend Giorgio Armani. Hear from Glenn Close, Martin Scorsese and other celebs about Armani’s influence in Hollywood. Also Armani’s big plans for America.

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32. Marie Antoinette, Queen of Fashion

 Lecture by Caroline Weber, associate professor, Department of French and Romance Philology At Barnard College.

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33. Iris Apfel and Deborah Lloyd talk with Nadja Swarovski about the secret to style and creativity

The LINK Jewelry Summit audience and Swarovski Executive Board Member, Nadja Swarovski, were served up lashings of 91-year-old Apfel’s salty soundbites.

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34. Models of Diversity Documentary, Models with a Disability in the Fashion and Beauty Industry

Models of Diversity is a dynamic and thought-provoking documentary exploring the need for disability to be represented in the fashion industry.

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35. Celebrating Curves  – Inside Pulp Fashion Week

An inside look at the second edition of Pulp Fashion Week, first show dedicated to plus size fashion in Paris, organized by Histoire de Courbes. Follow the making of this special event through meetings, fittings, rehearsals, but also interviews with participants.

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36. In Fashion: Jeremy Scott interview

Designer Jeremy Scott interviewed by Lou Stoppard on 25 April 2013 as a part of SHOWstudio’s ‘In Fashion’ series.

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 37. Inside Tommy Hilfiger’s American Dream

In one of the latest ‘Inside Fashion’ interview, BoF’s Imran Amed sits down with Tommy Hilfiger to discuss how the American fashion designer built his global empire.

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38. DSQUARED2 Story by Fashion TV

Born in Canada, Living in London, Made in Italy. A closer look at this extremely artistic, expressive, simply fabulous, swag duo DSQUARED2, in FTV fashion documentary.

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39. Helmut by June (1995)

A documentary about one of the greatest fashion photographers recorded by his wife. The demystifying story of the master at work.

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40. Documentary – Tales from the Royal Wardrobe with Lucy Worsley

From Elizabeth I to the present Brittish queen, Lucy believes that the royal wardrobe’s significance goes way beyond the cut and color of the clothing and that royal fashion is, and has always been, regarded as their personal statement to their people.

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41. Full Figured Fashion Week – Back Fat = the New Cleavage

Charlet heads to NYC to hang with the most bootylicious big girls at the world’s only Full Figured Fashion Week. Long gone are the days where the fuller figured woman is restricted to nylon tracksuits from the back of Wal-Mart. Couture just went XXXL.

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42. Issey Miyake – MOVES 

This fashion documentary gives more insights into the story of Issey Miyake, his creative journey, and his work.

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43. The Ultimate Fashion History: The 1920s

In this episode of The Ultimate Fashion History, you’ll be looking at the 1920s, styles of The Jazz Age. You will be busting some myths about flappers, ’20s hair and makeup, and the overarching fashion ideal of the decade. You will also learn about the notable designers and the era’s style icons.

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44. How To Get A Job In Vogue With Alexa Chung

In this full-length version of the Vogue Special edition, Alexa Chung goes behind the scenes of the fashion bible itself to examine just how to get a job at a magazine like British Vogue. From the interns to the editors, watch and learn as Alexa discovers the world of Vogue from the inside.
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45. Notebook on Cities and Clothes

In this fashion documentary the director talks with Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto about the creative process. He ponders the relationship between cities, identity and the cinema in the digital age.
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46. Rise of the Superstar Vloggers BBC Documentary 2016

BBC investigates just how powerful vlogs can be to legions of fans and how vlogging is being used for everything from sex education to supporting those with mental health conditions.

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47. Haute Couture: A Fashion Documentary

This film is the product and the will of many who gave their time and talents to the cause of Indie Fashion, and collaborative art. Very inspiring fashion documentary about emerging designers.

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48. Influencers 

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion, and entertainment.

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49. Kanye West – Yeezus Documentary

Kanye West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, film director, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. Watch the Documentary from Yeezy, “Kanye West – In his own words” about his personal take on the world.

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50. SHOWstudio: In Conversation – Nick Knight

Nick Knight talks to Frances Corner and Colin McDowell at the London College of Fashion.

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Feel free to share the links if I’ve missed any 😉 

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