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13 Fashion Shows and Films to Watch on Netflix

More than just "The Devil Wears Prada."
13 Fashion Shows and Films to Watch on Netflix
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More than just "The Devil Wears Prada."

Don’t get us wrong, we’re die-hard fans of The Devil Wears Prada—we can drop references the whole day if you ask us to. While it may be the top-of-mind fashion film on Netflix, there are other stylish shows, series, and films to catch if you want to immerse yourself in the glamorous (and cutthroat) world of fashion. Whether you’re interested in enriching your industry knowledge by learning about the lives of legends, or you simply want a dose of fabulous style, there’s something on the platform you can sink your teeth into. Here’s everything any fashion girl will enjoy on Netflix:

Next in Fashion

Hosted by Alexa Chung and Tan France, Next in Fashion is a high-stakes fashion design competition where some of the world’s most talented designers go head-to-head for the winning prize: $250,000 and an opportunity to sell their clothes on Net-a-Porter. It’s a refreshing series with a focus on design—not the drama. Each challenge pushes designers to reimagine style staples into the future, to determine just who is cut out to be the next big name in fashion.

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Queer Eye

A reboot of the Bravo series featuring a new "Fab Five," Queer Eye is proof that there’s more to a makeover than meets the eye. Starring Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, and Jonathan Van Ness, the reality series shows the transformational journey, as well as the heartfelt stories, of struggling individuals who may need a little lifestyle revamp. Viewers may even learn a lesson or two from the Fab Five’s helpful tips. 

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The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Italian fashion designer, Gianni Versace, founded Versace in 1978 and quickly became an international sensation with his glamorous, bold, and sexy designs. Aside from his glittering career, he is also unfortunately known for his tragic death, which this award-winning crime series explores through the life of the enigmatic spree killer, Andrew Cunanan. The show’s cast inclures Edgar Ramirez (Gianni Versace), Darren Criss (Andrew Cunanan), Ricky Martin (Antonio D'Amico), and Penelope Cruz (Donatella Versace).

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Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer

You may know Jeremy Scott as the creative genius behind Moschino’s cheeky, pop culture-infused designs, but he’s had a lot of experience prior to his current role. This 2015 documentary details the rise of Jeremy Scott in the fashion industry, and just how he built his reputation as “fashion’s last rebel.” The show features an assemblage of famous faces like Jared Leto, Miley Cyrus, Devon Aoki, Katy Perry, Rita Ora, and Paris Hilton. Although it didn’t receive glowing reviews, it’s worth learning about the buzz behind his big name. 

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Franca: Chaos and Creation

Franca Sozzani was the editor-in-chief of Vogue Italia from 1988 until her death in 2016. She is known for taking risks in fashion editorials by telling stories that tackle relevant (and often controversial) issues like plastic surgery, drug abuse, and domestic violence. She executed arresting editorials that combined art, fashion, and beautiful photography, which she was able to achieve with her legion of close collaborators, including photographers and supermodels. This documentary, directed by her son Francesco Carrozzini, highlights her influential work in the magazine world and the fashion industry at large. 

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Maddman: The Steve Madden Story

American designer Steve Madden started his own shoe company with $1100 by selling from the trunk of his car. As successful as his internationally renowned shoe empire is now, it is little known to consumers that he had a troubling past. He experienced problems with drugs, the law, and money, which even led to a financial scandal that was featured in the film The Wolf of Wall Street. This documentary shows the designer’s difficult journey from his humble beginnings, his rise to fame, to his comeback fortune. 

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Styling Hollywood

Unlike previous celebrity stylist shows that mainly focused on the fashionable fanfare and chaotic hustle of heading from one designer store to another, reality television series Styling Hollywood zeroes in on the craft of dressing up celebrities from the perspective of stylist to the stars Jason Bolden as he traverses through awards season. Aside from his creative process, one gets a glimpse of his domestic life, as his success is linked with the design store of his husband, Adair Curtis.

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Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women

John Casablancas founded Elite Modeling Agency in 1972 in Paris, France. He is known for inventing the supermodel by discovering fresh faces and catapulting them as celebrities. Elite Modeling Agency has represented some of fashion’s biggest supermodels, including Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Gisele Bundchen, and Lara Stone. This show chronicles the rise of his success and his lucrative career. 

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Halston

This Ryan Murphy-helmed series depicts the story of American fashion designer Roy Halston (simply known as Halston), who is played by Ewan McGregor. Halston began his fashion career in the 1950s making hats, but it wasn’t until he opened a ready-to-wear women’s line that he achieved critical success, garnering a celebrity clientele that included Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger, and Andy Warhol, who all became his closest friends. However, he lost control of his fashion house in the 1980s due to financial reasons. This chill-inducing show charts the legendary designer’s rise and fall from fame. 

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Secrets of Selfridges

UK’s High-end department store chain Selfridges was founded by American-British businessman Harry Gordon Selfridge in 1909. He is credited for creating the department store experience that we know so well today, by products available for examination, creating a welcoming shopping environment, and strategically situating shopping areas around the store. This show not only features how he revolutionized London’s retail scene but other secrets that the brand has kept inside its storied walls. 

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Girlboss

Comedy series Girlboss may have had a really short run (just one season), but it’s worth the watch, considering that it’s based on the eponymous bestselling book by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. The show depicts her success story, from selling unique fashion finds on eBay to starting her own company, which eventually became a mammoth online retailer. 

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Gossip Girl 

Hit series Gossip Girl is not only known for its serious dose of intense drama but for the swoon-worthy styles of its well-heeled characters, from their preppy schoolgirl fashions, trendy casual outfits, to elegant eveningwear. Not to mention, there’s a lot of shopping scenes, including one that give us all a taste of what it’s like to be a rich kid vacationing in the fashion capital of Paris. 

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Sex and The City: The Movie

Although the HBO series isn’t available on Netflix, you can catch the spin-off film (and the sequel!) instead. Based on Candace Bushnell’s book, SATC tackles the liberated lives of four stylish friends. The costumes and distinct styles of each individual made an impact in the popular fashions of that time, as well as the trends we know and love today. There’s Carrie Bradshaw’s iconic tulle skirt (and Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes), Charlotte York’s prim outfits, Miranda Hobbes’ pixie cut, and Samantha Jones’ bold color-blocking.

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