Three new fashion films you need to watch this month

From Vivienne Westwood to André Leon Talley and Alexander McQueen – this month is quite possibly heralding the new golden era of fashion stories on screen
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Three new fashion films you need to watch this month

This year we’ve already been treated to Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, as well as documentaries on famed fashion illustrator, Antonio Lopez and - most recently - Vivienne Westwood, starring in a feature-length film celebrating her artistry, activism and cultural significance. Aptly, for such a renegade, she refuses to watch it.

We don't though. We can't wait to see it. That, and two more new exciting fashion films; firstly, The Gospel According to André, a documentary exploring the life of legendary US Vogue staffer André Leon Talley. Aided by some great archival footage of the fashion star during his career, paired with his own self-narrative scenes, the flamboyant Editor-at-Large take us on a journey of his life from growing up in the segregated south to becoming one of the most influential fashion curators of our time.

“If you want to know me – look at my work,” Lee McQueen declares in the opening scene of a new documentary about the fascinating yet tortured fashion designer's life. Known for his shocking, romantic and captivating creations, his work was always deeply personal, inviting the audience to want to find out more about the man himself.

Well... now you can, thanks to McQueen, a film directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui which showcases the triumph and tragedy of Alexander McQueen's shortened life. This charts his rise from normal East End lad to enfant terrible of Parisian couture, all the way to reaching superstardom with his namesake brand Alexander McQueen. Ending with the tragic loss of a once-in-a-lifetime talent, the documentary comprises original footage from over 200 sources and personal commentary from colleagues, family and friends. Be warned, though. It’s a tear-jerker. 

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