Sometimes nothing is more effective than movies to understand how something works and why we should open our minds and make a change to get a better world. And that is the case of the fashion industry. Here we have chosen some essential fashion documentaries that would make you see the fashion world in another way. If you haven’t joined yet the fashion revolution, believe us, you will!
Probably one of the most influenceable fashion documentaries of all times, The True Cost, written and directed by Andrew Morgan in 2015, have marked a before and after. It includes interviews with Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva. The movie tell us the stories behind the clothes we wear all around the world and its real price in all senses.
This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?
Unravel is a 15 minutes long documentary that talks about the resting place of your cast-off clothing. This movie has been directed and produced by Meghna Gupta in collaboration with Lucy Norris, an anthropologist from London University College specialized in second-hand markets in India and in the ideas about wasting and its value.
When people in the West throw their clothes away, their cast-offs often go on a journey east, across the oceans, to India’s industrial interior. From the Kutch District of western India to the northern city of Panipat, garment recyclers turn into yarn the huge bales of clothes that come from people and places distinctly strange. With little exposure to Western culture other than the Discovery Channel, the garment recyclers rely on their imagination and the rumors that travel with the cast-offs to create an intriguing perspective on the West.
You can see the movie here.
ALEX JAMES: SLOWING DOWN FAST FASHION
The Blur bassist Alex James directs this documentary winner of the Best Fashion Documentary at the London Fashion Film Festival last year. Supported by Fashion Revolution, Slowing Down Fast Fashion talks about our unsustainable addiction to fast fashion, how short-term satisfaction has become a threat to our long- term environmental survival.
We now live in a disposable clothes society. We’re wearing more manmade fibers and buying more than clothes than ever before. Alex James is on a mission to discover why. From the environmental impact to back to the natural alternatives. He asks can anything slow down fast fashion?
We are sure you will enjoy these fantastic fashion documentaries. A perfect plan for an autumn and rainy weekend ;-). See you next week with more stories and news about slow fashion!