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)
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)
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)
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.
Watch Halston on Netflix here.
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.
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.