The 23 best fashion podcasts to download now for an inside look at the fashion world

Elevate your listens with fashion industry intel from these podcasts by Chanel, Gucci, Dior and many more

While its air of mystery has long added to the fashion industry’s allure, a recent crop of new fashion podcasts has given us all a peek behind the scenes. Offering words of wisdom from the most influential designers, thinkers and business leaders, they shine a light on the secretive industry’s practices. Whether you’re interested in the history of clothing, new sustainable technology or want to discover your favourite creative’s processes, these are the best fashion podcasts to tune into to satisfy your sartorial needs.

In Vogue: The Archives

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This fashion podcast from the team behind the global style bible delves into the archives to bring you the inside scoop on fashion’s biggest stories from the ‘90s and Noughties. Presented by Anna Wintour and hosted by Hamish Bowles, the podcast aims to dissect each decade’s most impactful style moments and explore how they’ve shaped our world today. Tune in to hear how Nicolas Ghesquière turned the fashion house of Balenciaga on its head, listen to Sarah Jessica Parker discuss Carrie Bradshaw’s impact on 2000s fashion and hear from Gisele Bündchen on how she revolutionised the world of modelling.

Every Outfit

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If, along with the rest of its 750k followers, you’re a fan of the viral Instagram account Every Outfit on Sex and the City, then you’ll love this fashion podcast. Hosted by the two women behind the account, Chelsea Fairless and Lauren Garroni, it’s a funny, irreverent take on fashion and pop culture, with plenty of SATC musings thrown in for good measure. New episodes are released every Friday and recent highlights have included the duo discussing who should play the late, great British stylist Isabella Blow in a future biopic, as well as their thoughts on Simone Rocha’s couture collection for Jean Paul Gaultier and the Mob Wife fashion trend.

Who Are You Dressing For with Kyle De’Volle

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As one of London’s most celebrated stylists – known for dressing the likes of Lily Allen, Ellie Goulding and Rita Ora – it was only a matter of time before Kyle De’Volle launched his own fashion podcast. In Who Are You Dressing For? he speaks to some of his famous friends from across the pop culture sphere to explore their fashion journeys, tackling everything from their first red carpet looks to how their style on the outside reflects their motivation on the inside. Tune in to hear the likes of Lily Allen, Layton Williams and Sophia Hadjipanteli reveal all about their most transformative fashion moments.

Louis Vuitton [Extended]

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This new offering from Louis Vuitton marks the famed French fashion house’s first ever foray into the world of podcasts. Hosted by French fashion journalist and documentary-maker Loïc Prigent, the bi-monthly show offers an exclusive look behind the scenes of the renowned Maison. Listen in for chats and interviews with a host of Vuitton’s most intriguing creative minds – including Pharrell Williams, Nicolas Ghesquière and Francesca Amfitheatrof – as well as some of the brand’s key muses and collaborators.

This Old Thing

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As the woman credited with making thrifting a part of high fashion culture with her use of second-hand pieces in magazine shoots, Bay Garnett is undeniably a perfect host for a podcast dedicated to the craft. In each episode, the stylist and former Vogue contributing fashion editor shares her love for pre-loved, passed-down pieces with a different guest, who she invites to reminisce about their earliest and most significant fashion memories. Following her conversation with Chloe Sevigny, Sophie Dahl or Sienna Miller, Garnett also offers listeners her best thrifting tips, from where to shop to how to identify the best finds.

Bande à Part

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Hosted by two leading academics – Rebecca Arnold, a highly respected fashion history lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, and Beatrice Behlen, the Museum of London’s fashion and decorative arts curator – you could be forgiven for thinking that this podcast would veer towards being overly scholarly. But you would be mistaken – taking the form of a weekly 30-minute phone call between the duo, it feels more like eavesdropping on a relaxed conversation between girlfriends. The topics they cover are delightfully diverse and wide-ranging, whether they’re delving into the fashion history archives, expounding on London’s most talked about new exhibitions or simply musing on the latest red carpet looks.

What Were You Thinking?

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The clothes we wear help tell the story of our lives – or at least, that’s the premise behind this podcast hosted by Henry Holland, which sees an array of celebrity guests discuss the meaning behind some of their most iconic outfits. Tune in to What Were You Thinking? to hear Alexa Chung reveal how her connection with music informs the way she dresses, Beth Ditto discuss how her size affected her relationship with clothes and Paul Smith reminisce about his first ever collection at London Fashion Week

Dior Talks

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Exploring the iconic house’s stance on art, culture and society, Dior’s fashion podcast makes perfect listening for aesthetes. 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. The podcast has a particular emphasis on the role of women in the creative sphere, both in its first season, The Female Gaze, and in its more recent feminism-focused season. Friends of the house including actor Felicity Jones, activist Robin Morgan and dancer Eleonora Abbagnato come together with host Justine Picardie to address issues of self-affirmation, image, identity and representation.

Chanel Connects

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Following the success of their 2017 four-part fashion podcast Métier Class: 3.55, which included the last ever interview with Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel Connects is the latest offering from the French Maison. Inspired by Coco Chanel’s forward-thinking mentality, the cultural podcast brings together prominent names from across film, art, music and fashion to talk about how the creative industries can best navigate the future. The episodes, which feature an eclectic line-up of guests including Keira Knightley, Penélope Cruz and Yinka Ilori, each tackle a different industry question and offer exciting and optimistic ideas of how cultural institutions can stay relevant in today’s fast-paced world.

Wardrobe Crisis 

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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.

The BOF Podcast

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Well known as the definitive resource for anyone interested in the commercial side of style, the Business of Fashion is the fashion podcast to listen to if you want to get to grips with the economic aspects of the industry. Hosted by founder and CEO Imran Amed, the episodes see designers, creatives and investors discussing everything from how to start a fashion business to the future of the red carpet. With new episodes dropping weekly tackling everything from the rise of vegan leathers to how to balance your personal identity with a public brand, it’s the best place to go for up-to-date fashion news and industry goings-on. 

Creative Conversations
With Suzy Menkes

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Reading like a roll call for the most influential names in fashion today, the guest list for legendary critic and Vogue International editor Suzy Menkes’s podcast makes for some seriously inspirational listening. Each episode provides an exclusive and entertaining peek into Suzy’s world, where she has unparalleled access to some of the industry’s most influential designers, thinkers and executives. Expect in-depth interviews with names such as Michael Kors, Sarah Mower and Manolo Blahnik.

Fashion No Filter

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Fashion influencer Camille Charrière and journalist 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 duo offer behind-the-scenes glimpses whilst still offering an accessible listen. Insightful and intimate café-style chats abound – including one with the “Fellini of Fashion”, Alexandre de Betak, on the future of fashion shows.

Fashion Revolution Podcast

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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 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.

Gucci Podcast

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Featuring the voices collaborating with the renowned 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 – in particular, those the brand is collaborating with – making for an eclectic narrative. Highlights include tennis ace Jannik Sinner on his often-challenging road to the top, poet and artist Cleo Wade on her personal awakening and a conversation on circular fashion to mark the brand’s experimental concept store Vault’s partnership with Gucci Continuum.

Fashion Conversations with Bronwyn Cosgrave

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From leading designers and best-selling authors to filmmakers and Hollywood stylists, former Vogue features editor Bronwyn Cosgrave’s podcast is dedicated to championing the craft of design, offering up the stories behind magic fashion moments. Highlights include Melissa Battifarano, Rihanna’s “right hand woman”, revealing how she helped establish Fenty Corp, and Anastasia Ivchenko and Eugenia Skibina, founders of the boutique PR agency Public Kitchen, discussing how they helped to establish their city, Kyiv, as the most vibrant fashion capital in Eastern Europe before having to flee it during the war.

Fashion Fix with Charli Howard 

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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 revealing how to buy clothes sustainably. Shining a spotlight on the key problems the industry needs to be addressing, this is the fashion podcast to listen to if you want to learn exactly what you can be doing to help.

The Cutting Room Floor

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Hosted by New York-based designer Recho Omondi, The Cutting Room Floor is a podcast dedicated to unpacking the fashion industry and demystifying it in the process. Less formal than the Business of Fashion podcast, Omondi still offers an insider’s take on the trends, changes and challenges going on in the industry. Each week, an esteemed guest joins her to unpick a different topic, from what happens to old clothes to who in the industry is really pushing for racial equity. With input from the likes of IMG model agent Mina White and designer Martine Rose, each episode offers a brutally honest and enlightening take on where the industry stands, and where it can go from here.

A MatchesFashion Podcast

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This podcast series from luxury powerhouse MatchesFashion brings together a top designer in conversation with an artist whose practice particularly inspires them. Highlights include Uruguayan designer Gabriela Hearst and renowned American artist Laurie Simmons discussing women they admire and the notion of timelessness, Roksanda Ilincic and Turner Prize-winning artist Tai Shani on why fashion and art should be more intertwined, and Erdem Moralioglu and former Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson sharing their thoughts on the transformative power of stage costume. It makes for thought-provoking, enlightening listening.

Dress Fancy

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Hosted by author Lucy Clayton, Dress: Fancy offers up a fun, irreverent take on fashion history, providing a closer look at how the outfits of the past have influenced the fashion trends of the future. Together with a series of savvy guests, ranging from writers and designers to academics and activists, Clayton tackles key moments in fashion history, covering everything from Princess Diana’s revenge dress to a dissection of the gloriously pink costumes in last year’s hit Barbie film.

So...What Do You Do Again?

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Relaunched by American Vogue’s market editor Naomi Elizée in the midst of the pandemic, So… What Do You Do Again? focuses on spotlighting the lives and career journeys of women of colour from across the fashion industry. With guests including influencer and editor Chrissy Rutherford and model Precious Lee, Elizée’s conversations are warm and lively, as if you’re listening in on two friends sharing tales from their time in the fashion trenches. Particularly pertinent for fellow women of colour looking for advice on how to break into the industry (and climb the ranks once they’re through), the podcast’s conversation about the challenges people of colour face in fashion should make it a must-listen for anyone connected to the business.

Dressed: The History of Fashion 

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These days, it’s more important than ever to focus on the things that unite us. For this fashion podcast, that common factor is that every day, eight 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 series 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.

The Fashion Slashie

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After noticing a growing trend among members of the fashion industry taking on multiple roles, writer and editor Lara Johnson-Wheeler decided to launch The Fashion Slashie, a series of conversations with these multi-hyphenate creatives. Featuring a slate of the up-and-coming generation of British fashion names to know, such as designer/fashion editor/illustrator Mimi Wade and stylist Kate Iorga, the interviews offer not only an insight into this trend and its roots, but also advice and seasoned wisdom on how to balance multiple ambitions and responsibilities.

Main image: Camille Charrière and Monica Ainley from Fashion No Filter 
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