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Fashion: Documentaries Playlist

Last week, I set up a playlist for my classmates to indulge in, in case they ever find themselves with nothing to do during this three-month holiday. Here are my top picks, judging from their content, the subjects (people), and how well it’s filmed. I’ll definitely be updating the picks, since I myself am continuing to watch as many as I can.

1. McQueen and I — (full)
Beautifully documented, with insightful perspectives from writers Plum Sykes and Suzy Menkes, personal relations from McQueen’s brother, mother, boyfriends, former employers amongst others. Another doco of this type I recommend is the Saga John Galliano, which documents his beautiful Couture creations for Dior and from days before. All the Galliano/Dior ones are good.

2. The Secret World of Haute Couture — (full)
Bourgeoisie, super rich clientele that can actually afford stuff that’s not even presented on the Couture collections. Documents how shows are actually conceived from design, to atelier, presentation, order and then marketing (if made possible). It’s a great revelation of the upper echelons of society and how much value and intimacy clothing has to a wearer.

3. Lagerfeld and I — (full, sub)
you get to see Lagerfeld without his glasses… in a voyeuristic kind of way… you basically follow him around EVERYWHERE from designing to photoshoot. I guess it’s basic designer documentary, with the likes of Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford’s Visionaire, Viktor and Rolf, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Oswald Boateng, Vivienne Westwood. What I love is how quotable the film is, and some footage found nowhere else.

4. The September Issue — (full)
I guess this is a no-brainer. Basically, it’s how a magazine runs and its editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. But if you really want a GOOD glimpse of Anna, this is much better: it’s an episode of BBC’s Boss Women:

5. Seoul Fashion Week – K-Pop to Double Eyelid —
This interesting feature from Vice is less high fashion compared to ones mentioned previously. Here, we are exposed to the very factors that have damaged certain groups in the Korean society: heightened beauty standards, culture shock and westernisation, the pressure of consumerism, and the notion of perfection and its idealisation. South Korea sounds like a utopia, and maybe it kind of is. This is sheer confusion, actually.

6. BBC’s Secret of the Superbrands —
All about brand perception that we’ve learned from our lecturer Desmond, “how can a little swoosh mean so much?” basically how brands are formed from trade to value and the tendency of consumer behavior to mix brands. There’s stuff about denim culture. I’d say this is a great supplement if you’re reading Fashion, Culture and Identity by Fred Davis.

7. Issey Miyake MOVES —
For certain, the designer has managed to pack a seriously good line of documentation for his Pleats Please book. This television documentary chronicles his success with inventing two techniques that were heavily popular in the late 80s. He is perhaps the only Japanese designer with a train of thought so easily understandable, despite producing clothes as conceptual as his peers.


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