- McQueen and I (2011)
Director: Louise Osmond
,I want people to be afraid of the women I dress.‘ – Alexander McQueen
The movie is a requiem, dedicated to the greatest fashion designer of our time, to the rebel of English fashion – Alexander McQueen. The documentary summarizes the very unique behind the stage shots and the videos from the private archive of the designer. Isabella Blow – the muse of the genius tells about the inner hidden side of the artist, whose life ended so tragically. Desperate, mysterious, infernal and tremendous, breathtaking and beautiful. It is not just fashion, it is pure art, that reaches its edge of possible.
2. Lagerfeld Confidential (2007)
Director: Rodolphe Marconi
,I had a clear vision of what I want to do with my life. And to achieve it, I was ready to make a sacrifice, but not to compromise. ‚ – Karl Lagerfeld
For around three years the camera was following Karl Lagerfeld, catching piece by piece the sketches of his life. It collected the thoughts, childhood memories and not standard opinions on different aspects of life. His position is quite scandalous, provocative, but true and forthrightly. His philosophy makes people love him or hate. There is no compromise. ,No reaction means death.‘ – says the head designer and creative director of the fashion house Chanel. This movie – is not only about his work in process, it is an accurate portrait of freedom and it‘s fashion priest.
3. Coco before Chanel (2009)
Director: Anne Fontaine
,Fashion fades, only style remains the same.‘ – Coco Chanel
She is brave and smart, always says, what she thinks and doesn’t hesitate to wear a man suit. What does facet that temper? Through showing the drama losses of young Gabrielle ,Coco‘ Chanel, the movie reveals the deep meaning of the black mourning, she dressed the whole world in. It explains the inner forces of her temerarious struggle to success and witnesses the birth of the unique style, that she left to the world for ever.
4. The September Issue (2009)
Director: R.J. Cutler
,You either know fashion or you don‘t.‘ – Anna Wintour
,The September Issue‘ is a documentary about the fashion Bible. The September issue of Vogue, released in 2007, is the most famous and the thickest issue of fashion magazines in history. It consists of 840 pages and its weigh is about 2 kilogramms! The documentary illustrates the creation of the legendary issue by the team of Anna Wintour and lets us into a sacrament of the fashion press.
5. Valentino: The Last Emperor (2008)
Director: Matt Tyrnauer
„I know what women want, they want to be beautiful.“ – Valentino Garavani
„Valentino: The Last Emperor“ is a film about the greatest Italian couturier Valentino Garavani. The documentary is privileged with an access to the legendary designer in his studio, backstage, his homes, yacht and even private jet. The film illustrates the creative working process as Valentino‘s life-style. His head seamstress drives a team of skilled dressmakers. No sewing machines for Valentino. Every stitch is made by hand. Always by his side there is Giancarlo Giammetti, his lover and business partner, who guesses they haven’t been apart for two months in 45 years. The movie is dedicated to the end of the career of the legendary fashion designer.
6. L’amour fou (2010)
Director: Pierre Thoretton
,I was born with depression.‘ – Yves Saint Laurent
Hard work, pressure, love, drugs and burn outs. The search for beauty and deep depression. This is the life story of Yves Saint Laurent, told by his lover Pierre Berge. This documentary is unique not only because it shows the genius of the designer, but also because it turns his inner world inside out and let‘s us experience his feelings and thoughts.
7. Christian Dior, the Man behind the Myth (2007)
Director: Philippe Lanfranchi
,The thing, I remember most from the women of my childhood is a smell of their perfume. It lifted into the air, staying long after they‘ve gone. I‘ve watched them closely, admiring the silhouettes.‘ – Christian Dior
First comes silhouette. The eye of a great couturier catches the harmony and esthetic in a slightly abstract forms of a women‘s body. They are authentic and quite recognizable. After the drawing is done, Dior constructs the special inner architecture of a dress, that makes a body fit into that perfect abstract shape. It was a pure ode to femininity! The resurrection of the true elegance! And freedom after the long ascetic years of war. It was called ,The new look‘ and it was about to become a legend.
8. Notebook on Cities and Clothes (1989)
Director: Wim Wenders
,I always create only a silhouette shape. Color is not important. What is important, is texture.‘ – Yohji Yamamoto
Film about Yohji Yamamoto, that shows the art of fashion that was born on the seam of two cultures. He works with monochrome silhouette, preferably with black and developed the philosophy of his visions of beauty through the lense of a fusion of Asian and European culture. ,Woman on high heels scares me‘, – sais Yamamoto. To understand the designer maybe one have to mix Tokyo and Paris.
9. Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007)
Director: Loïc Prigent
,Clothes mean nothing until someone lives in them.‘ – Marc Jacobs
The documentary ,Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton‘ takes us through the creative process of the top designer of the century – Marc Jacobs, working for Louis Vuitton. ,I always find beauty in things that are odd and imperfect – they are much more interesting.‘ – says the designer. Original, energetic and full of fun movie leads us behind the scenes of the fashion world and follows Marc Jacobs from Paris to New York as he balances promoting his own label with the business of running Louis Vuitton. Interviews include: Uma Thurman, Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, and many others.
10. Fashion Victim: The Killing of Gianni Versace (2001)
Director: James Kent
,I love to dress egos.‘ – Gianni Versace
Mozart and Salieri, Pushkin and Dantes, Versace and Cunanan… There were always creators, who weaved their names into the canvas of history due to their art, and the ones, who killed them to get the ticket to a infinite life. Modesto Cunanan – the father of the killer casually hinted at that…
Versace was a great dreamer, who knew, how to make those bright dreams come true. Being the son of the Sicilian seller of gas gears, he became the real imperator. ,I feel like a Medici.‘ – liked to say Gianni Versace. He built his Versal, filled it with an Italian passion to fashion, surrounded himself by celebrities and hot models. He lived the dream, full of luxury, that seemed to be an endless party. Never the less, as it usually is, there is another side of any medal: enemies, mafia and intrigues… ,Fashion Victim: The Killing of Gianni Versace‘ is a documentary that tries to understand the events, that led Gianni to his finish line. The movie also includes the interviews of his lover and the videos of the designer on his fashion show just days before his death.