Five Fashion Documentaries to Get You Through the Week

  • Iris Fashion Documentary

Ahhh, Netflix. That sweet, sweet fruit of procrastination. Netflix is home to some amazing flicks but the documentary section is truly impressive. From tell-all-tales to hard hitting journalism, Netflix is like the Hogwarts library of documentaries. But what about documentaries on one of the biggest global industries in the world? I scoured Netflix for the BEST fashion documentaries and found five that topped the list. Since that meant watching most of them for research, I had to spend a whole Saturday glued to my couch (oh how I sacrifice for my readers). Don’t let my hard work go unnoticed! Here are the most interesting fashion documentaries on Netflix right now. So, get to watching before Netflix breaks our hearts and pulls them off the shelf.


The True Cost Documentary

The True Cost

Clothes don’t magically appear in our closets so where do they come from? The True Cost dives into the impact that fast fashion has on the environment, our health and human rights. Prepare to be astounded as The True Cost pulls back the curtain on a trillion dollar industry. And don’t forget your box of tissues because this documentary is 100% guaranteed to tug at the heart strings.


Paris is Burning Documentary

Paris is Burning

Peek into the queer culture of 1980’s New York City with this amazing documentary. From voguing to the familial bonds that tied them together, hear the stories from the people that lived it. See how fashion, social standing, gender and identity collide in some of the most famous LGBTQ houses of 1980’s New York City. What makes this documentary so special? Watch it for yourself and find out!


Iris Apfel Documentary


Stuck in a fashion rut? Step inside the eccentric world of fashion icon Iris Apfel with Iris. She’s bold, kind and has more accessories than H&M. Bright colors and the beauty of individuality is guaranteed to rev up creativity with this inspiring flick about the life of a legend.


The First Monday in May

The First Monday in May

The Met Gala is iconic but what, or rather who, goes into making it happen? The First Monday in May follows Andrew Bolton, the Costume Institute curator, as he plans one of the largest Met Gala exhibits there has ever been, China: Through the Looking Glass. This documentary is for anyone who has ever watched the Devils Wears Prada and needs it IRL.


Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer

Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer

He’s dressed the likes of Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus but what about the man behind the design? Follow the life and story of Jeremy Scott, a midwestern farm boy that grew up into one of the most iconic designers of the new age. Jeremy’s bold, pop culture-based designs will have you rethinking what fashion means.


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15 Discussion to this post

  1. Charlene says:

    Thanks for the suggestions!! I definitely want to check out Iris and The First Monday In May
    Charlene The Frugal Fashionista

    • A State of Ruin says:

      It’s so good. It follows the same curator who was behind the Alexander McQueen, “Savage Beauty” exhibit.

  2. lauren says:

    adding these to my list!! i have only watched iris, so pinning this! have you seen the bill cunningham one? it’s one of my faves!

    • A State of Ruin says:

      I absolutely LOVE Iris!!! She is an amazing woman! The First Monday in May was really interesting too. It is about the curator who designed the famous Alexander McQueen exhibit, “Savage Beauty”. But, no, I haven’t seen the Bill Cunningham one. I’ll have to get one that!

  3. Jordan Neltner says:

    Love the post!

  4. I love the Iris documentary. So good!!

    • A State of Ruin says:

      Agreed! If you really liked Iris, you might also like Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer. It has a similar feel to it.

  5. Steph says:

    YES! I can’t wait to watch these. I’ve been searching for something new to watch.

    @trendyinindy ||

  6. Audrey Stowe says:

    This post is so fun!!!! I love it. I’ve never watched a fashion documentary but definitely need too.

    • A State of Ruin says:

      Oh, thank you! Iris is definitely the crows favorite so I highly recommend you start with that one!

  7. Amanda says:

    I love Iris! I need to watch her documentary!

    Amanda ||

  8. OMG thank you for giving me a great Monday night! Loved Iris – she is my idol!


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