The Best Career Advice From Our Favorite Fashion Documentaries

Photo Credit: The September Issue

Photo Credit: The September Issue

By: Emilie Moy

Whether you're window shopping in Soho or searching for that new blazer online to add to your fall collection, chances are you aren't thinking about the designer behind the label. It's easy to forget that each piece of clothing we see hanging in stores has a story that began long before it was debuted on the runway. The beauty of fashion documentaries is that they take us behind the scenes into the worlds of designers and editors that we so rarely get to see. They share valuable lessons that they've learned while on the road to success, and each of them has a unique story that helped to shape their career path. So even if you have yet to see these iconic documentaries, we've rounded up some of their best career advice for #makingit in the industry. 

1. The September Issue

"Fashion is not about looking back. It’s always about looking forward.” -Anna Wintour

"Don't be too nice, not even to me, because you'll lose. You have to beat your way through." -Grace Coddington

2. Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer

"I follow my inspiration to wherever it goes. I do want the fans to feel the fun and excitement about it, and I like for people to be able to make their own interpretations about my work. I don't like to over explain it." -Jeremey Scott

"...There are statues of war heroes and artists but I don't think I've ever seen a statue for a critic. Take that bitches!" -Jeremy Scott

3. Christian Louboutin: The World’s Most Luxurious Shoes

"If you do what you love, it is the best way to relax." -Christian Louboutin

4. Dior and I

"You cannot have adoration without being criticized." -Raf Simons

5. Bill Cunningham New York

"The wider world perceives fashion as frivolity that should be done away with. The point is that fashion is the armor to survive the reality of everyday life. I don't think you can do away with it. It would be like doing away with civilization." -Bill Cunningham

"It's not work, it's pleasure. That's why I feel so guilty. Everybody else does work-- I have too much fun." -Bill Cunningham

6. Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

“There’s only one very good life and that’s the life that you know you want and you make it for yourself.” -DV

"I think part of my success as an editor came from never worrying about a fact, a cause, an atmosphere. It was me — projecting to the public. That was my job. I think I always had a perfectly clear view of what was possible for the public. Give them what they never knew they wanted." -DV

7. Mademoiselle C

"When you love fashion, there is no weekend. Everything just blends together." -Carine Roitfeld

"Each morning you dress to become a different woman. Fashion helps." -Carine Roitfeld


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