While its air of rarefied mystery has long added to the fashion industry’s indescribable allure, there are times when we all want to take a peek behind the scenes. Up until recently, glossy fashion documentaries have been the go-to medium for an inside look at the industry, but now a whole host of stylish podcasts have launched, offering words of wisdom from the fashion elite. Whether you’re looking to bring a little style to lockdown life or want to find out more about the creative behind your favourite brands, these are the 10 best fashion podcasts to satisfy your sartorial needs right now.
Exploring the iconic fashion house’s stance on art, culture and society, Dior’s podcast is perfect for the aesthetes out there. Each episode features a discussion with a renowned name from the art world who has been key in helping Maria Grazia Chiuri – Dior’s Creative Director – execute her vision for the Maison. Don’t miss their new series, The Female Gaze, which is hosted by art journalist Charlotte Jansen. In it Chiuri and a collection of friends and collaborators explore the relationship between women and photography, addressing issues of self-affirmation, image, identity and representation.
Métier Class: 3.55 by Chanel
Known for getting the Chanel muses to give exclusive interviews in its episodes, the fashion house’s podcast is packed with big names both within and outside the world of fashion. The Métier Class four part mini-series is designed to give people a behind-the-scenes look at the way in which the Chanel creative process operates. As well as speaking to Chanel ambassador Pharrell Williams about his memories of making his first capsule collection for the label, it also includes one of the final interviews conducted with Karl Lagerfeld. Recorded at the 2018 Métiers d’Art show in New York, the episode makes for a surprisingly candid listen.
Business of Fashion
Well known as the definitive resource for anyone interested in the commercial side of style, the Business of Fashion is the podcast to listen to if you want to get to grips with the economic aspects of the industry. Hosted by founder and CEO Imran Ahmed, the episodes see designers, creatives and investors discussing everything from how to start a fashion business to the future of the red carpet. Don’t miss the special Covid-19 episode, in which editor-at large Tim Blanks discusses the impact of the pandemic and how fashion might just be the perfect remedy to raising those spirits during lockdown.
Creative Conversations With Suzy Menkes
Reading like a roll call for the most influential names in fashion today, the guest list for Vogue International editor Suzy Menkes’s brand new podcast makes for some seriously inspirational listening. Each episode will see a different designer from a top fashion house being interviewed by Menkes, with the most recent featuring a thoughtful chat with Alber Elbaz, Lanvin’s former Creative Director. The talk charts the course of his stellar career, from Geoffrey Beene to Guy Laroche then Yves Saint-Laurent Rive Gauche and 14 years at Lanvin, as well as exploring how he earned a reputation for creating looks loved by women the world over.
It’s an inconvenient truth that while fashion has many benefits – from boosting the economy to boosting our moods – it’s one of the most polluting industries in the world, with apparel and footwear contributing to 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In this podcast, Australian Vogue’s Sustainability Editor Clare Press interviews guests in order to decode the fashion industry and explore its impact on both people and planet. With a focus on ethics, sustainability, activism and identity, get ready for hard-hitting episodes addressing issues such as the consequences of virgin materials and the best way to practise conscientious consumerism.
Fashion No Filter
Fashion journalists and influencers Camille Charrière and Monica Ainley give you an insider look at how the fashion industry operates in their hugely popular podcast, Fashion No Filter. Covering all things stylish, from runway reports to unpicking what makes a modern muse, the pair’s most recent episode was recorded from their separate homes during lockdown, and involved an interactive quarantine Q&A with listeners to answer their sartorial ponderings. One other standout episode? Their insightful chat with the “Fellini of Fashion”, Alexandre de Betak, on the future of fashion shows.
Dressed: The History of Fashion
In times like these, it’s more important than ever to focus on the things that unite us. For this podcast, that common factor is that every day, 7 billion people in the world get up and get dressed. Examining the rich and complex social and cultural histories behind the clothes we wear, this podcast offers a light-hearted way to look at the hidden depths behind the objects in our wardrobe, which we so often take for granted – whether that’s the origins of cat-eye sunglasses or the history of fishnets. But there’s also an exploration of fashion history now – the newsworthy developments in the industry you need to know.
Featuring the voices collaborating with Alessandro Michele, Creative Director of the Florentine fashion house, this podcast from Gucci gives great insight into the personality of the brand. But there are also appearances from the people who represent the way Gucci sees the world today, making for an eclectic narrative. Highlights include the innovation-focussed Gucci x Fast Company mini-series and a special International Women’s Day episode, featuring actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw in conversation with Scarlett Curtis – the winner of the Change Maker Award for young activists presented by Gucci, Equality Now and Chime for Change.
Fashion Revolution Podcast
The social and environmental impact of the clothes we wear is the focus in this podcast hosted by fashion journalist Tamsin Blanchard. Speaking to researchers, garment workers, supply chain experts, politicians and activists, Blanchard interviews and investigates her way to discovering the secret stories behind the items in our wardrobes in terms of sustainability, ethics and transparency. The debut series focuses on the people that make our clothes and features a year-long research project across workers in Cambodia, Bangladesh and India. The idea is to give you all the facts, as well as practical actions you can take to make positive changes in the future.
Fashion Fix with Charli Howard
In 2015, model Charli Howard was instantly transformed into a body activist when she wrote a revealing social media post about the impossible beauty standards pervading fashion. Now in her podcast, Fashion Fix, Charli is on a mission to go one step further and fix the wider issues across the industry, from a lack of diversity to unethically low pay, as well as how to buy clothes sustainably. Shining a spotlight on the key problems the fashion industry needs to be addressing right now, this is the podcast to listen to if you want to learn exactly what you can be doing to help.