by Fiona McMurrey

Though the word ‘iconic’ is bandied about quite frequently these days; however,the following four brands fully embody it as do the talented designers threading the forward at each of their respective helms. If you’re craving a fashion reset post-fashion month, or just want to learn more about your favorite brands, discover our latest documentaries to vogue down the catwalk only on France Channel!

1. “Une femme à la tete de Dior” (2021)

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Since her appointment as head of Dior in 2016, Maria Grazia Chiuri, the first female designer in the prestigious brand’s nearly eighty year history, has incontrovertibly redefined sartorial demonstrations of femininity and Dior as we know it. Her innovative incorporation of different centuries, cultures, and particularly artists, such as the 2020 exposition, “Dior x Judy Chicago,” at Musée Rodin, which highlighted the appalling lack of representation for women artists, fusing activism with fashion and tapestries embroidered with lines from famous women as well as citations from Linda Nochlin’s 1971 manifesto, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” Follow along Chiuri’s illustrious career in fashion that spans decades and a plethora of the biggest names in fashion in this documentary that explores the life of one of the greatest designers in the history of French fashion.

2. “Isabel Marant” (2020)

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Isabel Marant is renowned in fashion for her trend-anticipating eye and unfussy yet intricate style and, importantly, for dressing women as a woman. The forms and silhouettes of Isabel Marant’s head-turning collections are revolutionary in liberating the everyday woman to dress for herself and outfitting her with the runway-meets-streetwear, model off duty garb and accessories that blend casual, sophisticated, and rock chic. Discover the story of how Isabel Marant rose to fame, cultivated an avid following, and has earned her endless accolades in the 2021 documentary “Isabel Marant” on France Channel!

3. “Sur les pas de Christian Louboutin” (2020)

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We’ve all heard of ‘red-bottoms’ and, perhaps, longed for a pair at one point or another (or still do…) but what about the designer behind the red-soled phenomenon that took the world by storm and continues to captivate 30 years later? Stream “Sur le pas de Christian Louboutin,” to find out how the designer emerged from his humble, troubled beginning that led to adventure, partying with Andy Warhol and Mick Jagger, and ultimately his apprenticeship with Roger Vivier that helped launch his incredible career and the sharp, sleek stiletto that stunned the world.

4. “La Ligne Balmain” (2014)

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A fixture of many a celebrity wardrobe and fashion history classroom alike, the brand Balmain has a formidable history and reputation. For more, stream "La Ligne Balmain" which delves into the impressive legacy of the legendary French fashion house Balmain whose popularity has grown immensely in recent years. Through captivating interviews, archival footage, and behind-the-scenes glimpses, the film chronicles the evolution of Balmain's distinctive aesthetic and its impact on the world of fashion. From humble beginnings to international renown, "La Ligne Balmain" explores the creative vision of its founder, Pierre Balmain, and how his designs have shaped the fashion industry indubitably and indefinitely. With a focus on craftsmanship, innovation, and the intersection of art and fashion, this documentary provides an intimate reflection into the enduring allure of Balmain and its influence on contemporary style with Olivier Rousteing designing the way.