Netflix is Sharing Your Viewing History: Load Up Your Queue with Fashion Films

(Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films/New Yorker Films)

If you're anything like us, your relationship with Netflix is...complicated. You may start with good intentions, filling up your queue with thought-provoking documentaries and Cerebral Foreign Dramas with a Strong Female Lead, but, if you're really honest with yourself, you probably spend most of your Netflix time re-watching Mrs. Doubtfire, or Cruel Intentions, or Season 1 of The Hills. Which is fine! Netflix is a judgment-free zone! Or, at least, it was.

Congress just approved a change to the Video Privacy Protection Act that will allow Netflix to share your viewing history with third parties. The info will most likely be used for targeted ads (so expect way more pop-ups), but Netflix eventually wants to integrate with Facebook, so that, sometime in the near future, all of your friends may know about your addiction to Lifetime movies starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

So, as a favor to you, we've rounded up ten fashion-y films on Netflix Instant that you won't be embarrassed to admit you've watched. Repeatedly.

1. Unzipped

(Courtesy of Miramax)

This cult favorite follows Isaac Mizrahi as he puts together his
1994 runway show. It's hilarious, endlessly quotable, and it features cameos by 90's supermodels like Naomi Campbell and Cindy Crawford.



2. Funny Face

(Courtesy of Paramount)

Forget Breakfast at Tiffany's, Funny Face is the Audrey Hepburn flick that packs the biggest fashion punch. Legendary costume designer Edith Head picked the wardrobe, much of which was designed by Hubert de Givenchy, and — fun fact! — the film is loosely based on the life of photographer Richard Avedon. 


3. The September Issue


(Courtesy of Roadside Attractions)

A sneak peek at the making of Vogue's (at the time) largest-ever issue, this documentary made Grace Coddington a star. Or, you know, more of a star than she already was. 


4. Party Girl 

(Courtesy of Sony Pictures)

You know that whole 90's club kid thing that's all over fashion blogs right now? 1995's Party Girl, which stars Parker Posey as a party-promoter-slash-librarian, pretty much nailed that look. Watch it and you'll want to buy a leopard coat and layer, like, four neon shirts immediately. 


5. Valentino: The Last Emperor


(Courtesy of Acolyte Films)

This doc offers a behind-the-scenes look at the red carpet master's design process, and his lavish lifestyle. Did you know the man has five adorable pugs, and they all travel by private jet? 


6. It
(Courtesy of Paramount)

Okay, this one is definitely a throwback, but the silent film's star Clara Bow launched the whole idea of the "It" girl with this picture. Plus, her amazing flapper wardrobe still looks so modern, amazingly. 


7. Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston


(Courtesy of Tribeca Film)

Ultrasuede takes a look back at the career of iconic designer Roy Halston Frowick during his disco heyday. 


8. Bill Cunningham New York
(Courtesy of Zeitgeist Films) 

New York Times shutterbug Bill Cunningham is the OG street style photographer (sorry, Sartorialist), and the subject of this inspiring documentary. 



9. Seamless


Douglas Keeve, the same documentarian behind Unzipped, focuses his lens on design hopefuls competing for the CFDA's first Fashion Fund prize in 2005. 

10. L'Amour Fou

(Courtesy of New Yorker Films) 

Yves Saint Laurent's creative and romantic partner Pierre Berge reflects on the designer's life in this tearjerker. 

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