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If you live along the Eastern seaboard today, you're probably staying home with your bottled water and flashlights instead of venturing out to the office. Why not take advantage of the occasion and catch up on some of these excellent fashion films, all of which are available on Netflix streaming?
1. The Tents
Bummed that Fashion Week is so far away? This documentary gives a brisk history of New York Fashion Week combined with interviews with a who's-who of American style, including Betsey Johnson (whose name is misspelled by Netflix as Betsy), Isaac Mizrahi, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, and Fern Mallis.
2. L'Amour Fou
Yves St Laurent and Pierre Berge were one of fashion's all-time great love stories. Shortly after St Laurent's death, this film chronicled his biography and his incredible contributions to the fashion industry. It's worth it just for the jaw-dropping looks at St Laurent and Berge's lifelong collection of art and antiques.
3. The September Issue
R.J. Cutler's peek inside a month of the life of Vogue is just as compelling now as it was then. Watch Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington in action, plus Sienna Miller with a bird on her head. If you're in a hurry, just skip to all the parts with Andre Leon Talley in them.
4. Valentino: The Last Emperor
When Valentino Garavani announced his retirement, the fashion industry gasped communally. This film is like a love letter to the Italian designer as he puts together a retrospective of his work. The only complaint: there isn't enough footage of the designer's army of pugs, who really deserve their own movie.
5. Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston
Halston was arguably the first great American designer who could compete with the European fashion houses, but his tragic decline was almost as swift as his ascent. Fashion newbie Whitney Smith went on a mission to find Halston's heritage, interviewing his former friends and muses like Pat Cleveland and Liza Minnelli along the way.
6. Youth Knows No Pain
Filmmaker Mitch McCabe, the daughter of a plastic surgeon, created this documentary about America's obsession with youth. She travels across the country meeting people of all ages who are obsessed with surgery, expensive products, and all kinds of crazy attempts at finding the fountain of youth.
7. Vidal Sassoon: The Movie
YSL was to fashion what Vidal Sassoon was to beauty, upending an entire industry. The boy from London whose basic, minimal-maintenance haircuts changed the way women looked and felt about themselves is the subject of this documentary, subtitled "the man who changed the world with a pair of scissors."
· Netflix [Official Site]