If The Devil Wears Prada peaked your interest and you're looking for a real insider view of the fashion industry, these picks are both educational and entertaining, so you can cuddle up with netflix and tell yourself you're studying up on the business. These documentaries are more true-to-life than fantastical, but the subject matter makes them perfect viewing material for fashionistas around the world.
The September Issue
This 2009 film goes behind the making of the elusive annual fashion bible, or the magazine of all magazines, the Vogue September issue. Anna Wintour's stony façade is more fascinating than repelling to most, and peering into her life's work to see the art, business, and drama that play into her work decisions makes this movie a must-see.
Bill Cunningham New York
This 2010 documentary follows the quirky and charming Bill Cunningham, street style photographer for the New York Times of about forty years. His vitality and neverending love of fashion despite his advanced years make him an unexpected hero and a model to legions of youth looking to commit themselves to the same legacy as him.
Valentino, the Last Emperor
After decades as one of the leading designers in the fashion industry, this 2008 documentary goes behind the scenes of his work as a designer and businessman. His longtime romantic and business partnership with Giancarlo Giammetti is both adorable and pragmatic, and they face challenges to the Valentino Empire together.
More of an aspirational documentary than an inside look on the fashion world, Iris is the 2015 documentary following 93-year-old style icon Iris Apfel. From her take on personal style to the joie de vivre we all wish we carried ourselves with, Apfel is a delighting and enchanting role model, developing off of the notion that style is eternal despite fashion's comings and goings.
Carine Roitfeld, Anna Wintour's edgier Parisian counterpart, has made a name for herself at the helm of Vogue Paris, dressing in sleek and fashion forward get-ups we could only dream of wearing at 59. Mademoiselle C is a 2013 documentary that follows the most sultry and fashionable grandmother around following her final days at Vogue Paris, and determining what her fashionable and enviable life really is about.