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7 Fashion Films And TV Shows To Watch After ‘House Of Gucci’ For A Dose Of History *And* Couture

A binge-watch worthy of a fashion savant.

After weeks of watching Ridley Scott’s House Of Gucci trailer—and making the couture-inspired sign of the cross—the fashion thriller finally made its way to cinemas.

And if, like us, the top of your New Year’s resolutions list included grabbing a ticket at your local movie theatre, then you’re likely still hungry for historical, fashion house drama. 

For those who are yet to witness Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani, allow us to explain.

Helmed by auteur-director Ridley Scott and stacked with an A-list cast—including Gaga, Adam Driver, Al Pacino and Jared Leto—the film follows Maurizio Gucci, the grandson of Guccio Gucci and the former head of the Italian fashion house. However, things go awry when Maurizio is assassinated and his ex-wife, Gaga’s Patrizia, is convicted of masterminding his murder in 1995 after he left her for a younger woman.

An chic-yet-eerie watch, there’s no wonder why the real life events of the couture family’s demise has the world transfixed. But for those who thrive off the scandals and history of fashion’s favourite houses, there’s many of the same genre as the Lady Gaga flick that deserve some time in the sun.

Below, we’ve rounded up seven of the best fashion films and TV shows to watch after House Of Gucci for a dose of history and show-stopping couture.

Coco Before Chanel (2009)

Coco Before Chanel

An obvious homage to Chanel, French actress Audrey Tautou plays the titular couture creator, who became the first major female fashion designer at a time when men reigned supreme in the industry. Coco Before Chanel follows Gabrielle Chanel while she works as seamstress by day and a cabaret entertainer by night. Based on real life events, it even dives into her then meeting of a wealthy heir who she becomes a lover and fashion consultant for. 

Watch Coco Before Chanel on Apple TV here.

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace (2018)

The Assassination Of Gianni Versace

Any person with their finger on the fashion pulse will be well aware of Italian fashion house, Versace. But what some may not know if the scandal and deadly crime that took the life of the fashion house’s founder, Gianni. This nine-episode series follows the murder of designer Gianni Versace in July 1997, when he was shot in front of his Miami Beach mansion by Andrew Cunanan, who met the famous designer once in San Francisco in 1990.

Watch The Assassination Of Gianni Versace on Netflix here.

Yves Saint Laurent (2014)

Yves Saint Laurent

This French biopic focuses on the life of the titular Yves Saint Laurent, from his work to his personal life and relationships. Yves Saint Laurent shines a much-needed light into the world of the French fashion house during the second half of the 20th century. If you adore YSL but are unfamiliar with the man himself, this film is a great way to get to know the designer even better than simply scouring the runways come fashion week.

Watch Yves Saint Laurent on ABC iView here.

Dior and I (2015)

Dior and I

Fashion savants will know that the house of Dior, much like every other house, has gone through a plethora of creative directors. In Dior and I, the focus is on Raf Simons’ iconic reign from 2012 to 2015 and the gifted artisans inside the Christian Dior fashion house who help the newly-appointed Simons to pull together his first haute couture collection over the course of eight weeks. Trust us, you’ll have goosebumps by the end.

Watch Dior And I on Amazon Prime here.

Halston (2021)

Halston
This five-episode series is based on the 1991 book Simply Halston: The Untold Story by Steven Gaines and follows the rise of the late designer who was known for dressing big-time celebrities, from Liza Minnelli to Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie O. And by the end of his life, the all-American designer’s influence led him to become a celebrity in his own right.

Watch Halston on Netflix here.

McQueen (2018)

McQueen

If you’re curious about the rise of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, this searing documentary explores his life starting from his early days in east London. To the public, McQueen’s work was beautiful-yet-controversial, with some describing it as distasteful and shocking at times. McQueen explores the beauty of his work, as well as his personal struggles and the darkness that led him to tragically take his own life in 2010.

Watch McQueen on Netflix here.

Dries (2017)

Dries

Taking a break from generations-old couture fashion houses, Dries Van Noten has always been known for his colourful, romantic creations that showcase master craftsmanship. Coming from a family of tailors, the Belgian designer boasts tradition rather than creating shock. Notoriously private, Dries rarely gives interviews, which makes this documentary one of the few insights into his creative process that he’s perfected over the last 25 years.

Watch Dries on Amazon Prime here.

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