Check Out The Hottest Fashion Documentaries by Rose Mae Turner

Check Out The Hottest Fashion Documentaries by Rose Mae Turner

Check Out The Hottest Fashion Documentaries by Rose Mae Turner

It's New York Fashion Week and we are feeling the inspiration of what's going on in the world of fashion.  Whether you're going to the shows or not, you can binge watch these documentaries to your hearts content at any time. You may even learn something while you're at it!  At Jejune, we focus on making the world a better place, supporting the environment, loving one another, and staying positive.  Go ahead and pop some popcorn, have some sips of bubbles, and grab some of your fave fashionistas. Here's our list of recommended films for the activist in you!  

By Rose Mae Turner, Contributing Fashion Editor, Jejune Magazine

Sustainable Fashion Documentaries


Sweatshop  (TV Mini-Series 2014)

Three Norwegian fashion bloggers travel to Cambodia. At first hand they get to see the working conditions of a textile factory and the extent of production.   


The True Cost (2015)

The True Cost explores the impact of fashion on people and the planet and how it effects the environment. 


The Next Black (2014)

An exploration of the future of clothing, profiling forward-thinking companies who are at the forefront of redefining how and what we wear while taking a sustainable approach.


Alex James: Slowing Down Fast Fashion (2016)

Alex James presents this critical look at our disposable approach to clothing and its enormous human and environmental cost.

Documentaries That Celebrate Diversity & Body Positivity


Fresh Dressed (2015)

Fresh Dressed chronicles the history of Urban fashion and its rise from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the South Bronx, to corporate America, and everywhere.


Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer (2015)

An intimate look as Jeremy tells his story in his own words. Catch a glimpse of his journey growing up in Kansas City farm country to becoming the Creative Director at Moschino.



Advanced Style (2014)

Advanced Style examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to fashion and aging. 


Bill Cunningham New York (2011)

Bill Cunningham was an American fashion photographer for The New York Times, known for his candid and street photography. An icon, Bill would ride his bike through the streets of New York City and  capture real people with style.


Iris (2014)

Iris Apfel who is 93, has been for decades a well known interior designer with her husband for the White House and other prestigious places. Get to know the quick-witted, flamboyant maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.  She is fashionable at any age and loves to shop everyday.


America The Beautiful (2007)

In a society where "celebutantes" like Paris Hilton dominate newsstands and models who weigh less than 90 pounds die from malnutrition, female body image is one of the more dire problems in the fashion industry. America The Beautiful gives an eye-opening look.  


Girl Model (2011)

Girl Model is a documentary film following Ashley, a conflicted model scout recruiting young Siberian girls to model in Japan. Nadya, a recruited 13-year -old who gets financially taken advantage of during her modeling work in Japan finds the industry to be less glamorous than it originally seemed.


Picture Me (2011)

Documentary features Sara Ziff as a young model and charts her rise from unknown to her picture's placement on billboards and magazines. Ziff is currently an American fashion model, filmmaker, and labor activist. She is the founder and executive director of the Model Alliance, a nonprofit organization in New York City.


Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image (2017)

Straight/Curve examines the fashion industry and the obstacles responsible for our current body image crisis. It showcases the dynamic leaders fighting for more diversity of size, race and age.


The Gospel According to Andre (2017)

The Gospel According to André Leon Tally takes viewers on an emotional journey from André's roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.


Catwalk (1995)

Catwalk observes the day to day life of  model,  Christy Turlington working in Milan, Paris and New York.  This is when the modeling industry started changing and diversity on the runways started to develop. Turlington's mother is from El Salvador. 


Notebook On Cities & Clothes (1989)

Notebook on Cities and Clothes is a documentary film about Yohji Yamamoto. This is start of Japan evolving fashion.  It wasn't just the US & Europe...Japanese influence added to the culture of fashion. 


Paris Is Burning (1990)

Paris is Burning focuses on drag queens living in New York City and their "house" culture, which provides a sense of community and support for the flamboyant and often socially shunned performers. Touching on LGBTQ issues including racism and poverty, the film features interviews with a number of renowned drag queens, including Willi Ninja, Pepper LaBeija and Dorian Corey.


Runway The Look (1992)

Part one goes behind the scenes at runway shows in Paris, Milan, London and New York, and examines who sat where on the political map of fashion at the time. This iconic film also explores the evolution of the supermodels.


The Tents (2012)

First ever look behind-the-scenes at NY Fashion Week, with the history of how it all began in the early 1990's. Top 'Fashion Insiders' and the Top Fashion Designers weigh in on fashion week.  Featuring models galore and the best runway fashions from over the years, this film documents the total extravaganza that NY Fashion Week has become and takes a look at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as it prepares to make the debut at Lincoln Center.


Westwood (2018)

Fashion designer, Vivienne Westwood is a huge advocate for environmental protection.

The first film to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true fashion icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand's integrity, her principles - and her legacy. 



Rose Mae Turner is a fashion designer and wardrobe stylist. She specializes in designing sustainable swimwear and her brand, Rosina~Mae takes you "from the beach, to the street, to the party". Ethically made in the USA, Rose manufactures everything in Manhattan's Garment District and strives to incorporate ethically sourced materials. Nominated "Who to Watch" by Chicago Splash in 2016, she also received the "Distinguished Alumnus Award" from Dominican University in April of 2017. Her love of sustainable fashion shapes how she approaches projects within the fashion industry. Additionally, Rose also enjoys contributing as a writer and stylist to various publications. Helping to shed light on brands that are making a difference within the fashion industry and promoting them is a passion. She has currently had content published in many magazines both digital and print. July 1st, 2017 marked her one year anniversary of living in NYC and she couldn't be happier! 

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