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    11 Fashion Documentaries To Watch On Netflix Now

    Because you can only see The September Issue so many times.

    1. Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (2013)

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    We can't all afford to shop at the exclusive department store, but a Netflix subscription will give you an all-access pass to Bergdorf Goodman ... for 93 minutes. Get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run the 115-year-old store, from finding emerging designers to those elaborate holiday window displays.

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    Breakout Character: Betty Halbreich

    Celebs like Nicole Richie, Vera Wang, and the late Joan Rivers give commentary throughout, but the real star of this doc is Betty, the woman who – get this – made personal shopping a thing. She's since written a memoir on the topic, which Lena Dunham has optioned for an HBO series. If you need a snapshot of what she's like, here's a quote from the movie: "No, I don't hate. I don't hate. I don't believe in hating. Dislike? Yes."

    2. Anna Wintour: Bloomberg Game Changers (2011)

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    Sadly, The September Issue is no longer streaming on the 'flix. You can still get your Anna Wintour fix with this Bloomberg special about the Vogue editor-in-chief, though. Bonus – it's only 25 minutes. It's a quick, intimate portrait of the most powerful woman in fashion. And, if for some reason you're reading this and don't have a Netflix account, the special is also available on Hulu.


    Best Interview: Vera Wang

    "She was not 'Anna Wintour, high priestess of Vogue,'" Wang says of first meeting Wintour. "She was my friend, and we were two girls that were looking to get something going in the fashion industry." Wang helps to humanize the oft-called "ice queen" editor. Few realize Wang was an editor at Vogue before becoming a go-to wedding dress designer.

    3. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has To Travel (2011)

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    Before there was Anna, there was Diana – Diana Vreeland, the editor-in-chief who turned Vogue into the fashion Bible. The Eye Has To Travel recreates recordings Vreeland made while drafting her autobiography to narrate the story of her rise to fashion "empress." Hear her musings on everything from Hitler's mustache, to discovering Lauren "Betty" Bacall, to getting fired from the magazine that made her famous. (Run time: 86 minutes)

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    Cutest Commentator: Olivia Vreeland

    Diana's great-granddaughter reads excerpts from Diana's original Harper's Bazaar column, "Why Don't You?," a list of suggestions for fashionable women. Example: "Why not wash blonde hair with champagne to keep it golden?"

    4. Mademoiselle C (2013)

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    Think The September Issue, but French. Mademoiselle C tracks the launch of CR Fashion Book, a passion project of former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld. Yes, this is the woman who gave Kim Kardashian a grill. But she's also Tom Ford's muse, and BFFs with Karl Lagerfeld. The whole concept of the doc, and the magazine, is to prove that fashion goes beyond clothes. (Run time: 93 minutes)

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    Best Cameo: Beyoncé

    Queen Bey randomly pops up in the middle of the doc, along with Ricardo Tisci, Rooney Mara, Marina Abramovic, James Franco, Liv Tyler, Gisele Bundchen, Tom Brady, Swizz Beatz, Alicia Keys and Kanye West ... all at the same table! FYI, Beyoncé recently shot the cover of CR Fashion Book.

    5. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

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    Into street style blogs? Then you'll love Bill Cunningham. The photog made street style happen in the pages of The New York Times. This doc follows the now-85-year-old Cunningham, a true fashion historian, as he swings through NYC on a Schwinn bicycle, snapping shots of fashionable New Yorkers to publish in the paper. "We all get dressed for Bill," Anna Wintour quips in the movie. "It's either one snap, two snaps, or no snaps ... which is death." (Run time: 84 minutes)

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    Biggest WTF Moment: Bill's Apartment

    Cunningham lives inside a studio – not a studio apartment, a studio inside Carnegie Hall – lined with filing cabinets, stacked to the ceiling with photo boxes. He's constantly surrounded by his archives, with a bed on the floor, no kitchen or bathroom. It's public, and in the hallway. "Who the hell wants a kitchen and a bathroom?" Cunningham says. "Just more rooms to clean!"

    6. Chasing Beauty (2013)

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    Chasing Beauty kicks off with the startling fact that 25 percent of young American women would rather win America's Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize. The doc mixes stories of aspiring models with those of retired models, with running commentary from agents and beauty experts about what it takes to succeed in the world of beauty. Spoiler alert: a lot of rejections. (Run time: 90 minutes)


    Strangest Dream: Abercrombie Politician

    Aspiring model Cory Brandt has mixed aspirations – he wants to be one of the shirtless greeters at Abercrombie & Fitch ... and a politician. He sites former senator Scott Brown, who infamously did a nude centerfold for Cosmopolitan, as his role model. If that's not weird enough for you, his mom proudly tells the camera, "I'll be there on that first day he takes his shirt off! Absolutely, I'll get my picture taken next to him." Yeah.

    7. Inside Series (2012 - present)

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    You can have a mini-binge session with the three fashion-related episodes of this Bloomberg series that takes you behind the scenes of some of the world's biggest brands. Head to Milan to see what it takes to run Dolce & Gabbana, Rome to check in on Fendi and all over the world to delve into De Beers Diamonds. (Run time: 20-25 minutes each)


    Fashion Fun Fact: The Fendi Logo

    The iconic "FF" seen on belt buckles and Baguette bags doesn't stand for Fendi, but for "fun fur." The fashion house started as a fur and leather shop in 1925. Creative Director Karl Lagerfeld coined the term – all the fur Fendi produces should be "fun" – and it stuck.

    8. Unzipped (1995)

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    Before he designed for Target and QVC, Isaac Mizrahi was a fashionista favorite – and this black and white doc takes us into the creative process behind his 1994 fall collection. See the future Project Runway: All Stars judge get inspired by Nanook of the North, meet with an eccentric Eartha Kitt, and neurotically chat with Sandra Bernhard. (Run time: 73 minutes)


    Must-See Moment: Supermodel Freakout

    Linda Evangelista complains about having to dress and undress next to Naomi Campbell and Carla Bruni backstage. As she says, "It's so crazy to dress nude next to Naomi and Carla. I must be out of my f***ing mind to dress next to the two best bodies in the business." Supermodels, they're just like us!

    9. L'amour fou (2010)

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    You've no doubt heard of Yves Saint-Laurent, but what about Pierre Bergé? The two men were business and life partners. In this doc, Bergé, now 83, recounts the couple's 50 years together. Although the couple split in 1976, they continued working together until Saint-Laurent's death. This is less of a fashion story and more of a twisted love story.

    Warning, L'amour fou (Wild Love in English) is almost entirely in French, so if you hate subtitles ... maybe pick a different movie. (Run time: 98 minutes)

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    Biggest Tearjerker: Bergé's Eulogy For Saint-Laurent

    The film begins with Saint-Laurent's 2008 funeral, featuring a heartfelt speech by Bergé. Have the tissues ready as he speaks to his friend and lover for the last time. Fun (?) fact, the two met at Christian Dior's funeral in 1957.

    10. Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston (2010)

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    Whitney Sudler-Smith, star of Bravo's Southern Charm, directed and starred in this doc about his obsession with designer Roy Halston. Between interviews with Halston's friends, like Liza Minelli, and sifting through the designer's archives, Sudler-Smith breaks down the mystery behind the man who revolutionized American fashion with minimalism in the middle of the disco takeover.

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    Best Quote: "F*** gossip!"

    Liza Minelli says this almost out of nowhere to Sudler-Smith, seemingly referencing all the lies he needed to sift through to get down to the truth about Halston.

    11. A Man's Story (2010)

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    It took 12 years to make this portrait of British mens' designer Ozwald Boateng, who you might remember from the short-lived series House of Boateng. Director Varon Bonicos narrates the story, covering all the highs and lows of Boateng's life, both personally and professionally. Everyone from Will Smith to Paul Bettany weighs in on Boateng's rise from up-and-comer, to Givenchy creative director and, finally, Savile Row star. (Run time: 98 minutes)

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    Biggest Shock: Stolen Collection

    Early in Boateng's career, thieves broke into his studio and stole his latest collection – all £75,000 of it: 68 suits, 35 shirts, four waistcoats and two Mac computers. Silver lining? Boateng didn't seem all that impressed with his work. He called the fashion show for the collection the worst he'd ever done.