In 2023, viewers were enthralled by “The Super Models” and confounded by “Milano: The Inside Story of Fashion.” In 2024, there are plenty of new documentaries and shows to satisfy style and society lovers, starting in January.
“Cristóbal Balenciaga,” inspired by the life and legacy of the Spanish creator from Guetaria, will debut Jan. 19 exclusively on Disney+ in the United Kingdom.
In the series, actor Alberto San Juan plays Cristóbal Balenciaga. The story, in Spanish with English subtitles, begins as the designer presents his first Paris couture collection in 1937. He had left behind a successful career in Madrid and San Sebastian dressing the Spanish elite, but those designs don’t land the same way in Paris, where Coco Chanel, Christian Dior and Hubert de Givenchy are the reigning haute couture establishment.
“Tár” costume designer Bina Daigeler lends her expert touch to the series.
Out Jan. 31 , the second season of Ryan Murphy’s “Feud” — “Capote vs. The Swans” — debuts on Hulu, charting the stylish lives of man-about-town Truman Capote (played by Tom Holland) and his muses. The show documents the exploits of the author’s high-society pals, whose secrets he would eventually expose in the 1975 Esquire article “La Côte Basque, 1965.”
That article was an excerpt from “Answered Prayers,” a book Capote once called his magnum opus but never published. The dissolution of Capote’s closest friendships lived on, however, in Lawrence Leamer’s 2021 hit “Capote’s Women: A True Story of Love, Betrayal and a Swan Song for an Era,” which was the source material for “Feud.”
Among the swans, Lee Radziwill (played by Calista Flockhart); C.Z. Guest (Chloë Sevigny), Slim Keith (Diane Lane) and Babe Paley (Naomi Watts) were fashion icons whose influence still resonates. The costumes from longtime Murphy collaborator and producer Lou Eyrich are sure to resonate, too. Zac Posen designed the gowns for Capote’s infamous Black and White Ball.
On Feb. 14, Apple TV+ will premiere “The New Look,” from Todd A. Kessler. Inspired by true events and filmed in Paris, the historical drama centers on fashion designers Christian Dior, Coco Chanel and their contemporaries as they navigate the horrors of World War II and launch modern fashion.
Set against the Nazi occupation of Paris, the series looks at how Dior led “the world back to life,” and “Chanel’s reign as the world’s most famous fashion designer is put into jeopardy,” according to press materials, and also features storylines with legendary Harper’s Bazaar editor Carmel Snow, and designers Pierre Balmain and Cristóbal Balenciaga.
The atelier, designs and clothing have been created by Christian Dior through collaboration with the House of Dior.
Ben Mendelsohn plays Christian Dior, alongside Juliette Binoche as Coco Chanel; Maisie Williams as Catherine Dior; Glenn Close as Carmel Snow; John Malkovich as Lucien Lelong; Emily Mortimer as Elsa Lombardi; and Claes Bang as Spatz.
On March 8, “High & Low: John Galliano” will open in theaters, documenting the rise and fall and redemption of the designer whose high-flying career at Dior ended after videos emerged in 2010 of his antisemitic and racist rants at Parisian Café Le Perle, captured on a cellphone.
Kevin Macdonald’s documentary is a character portrait using the fall of the generation-defining talent to examine cancel culture, the limits of forgiving flawed artists, as well as the possibility of redemption. It was filmed over the course of several days with Galliano, features contributions from Sidney Toledano, the former CEO of Dior, who is Jewish; Bernard Arnault; Kate Moss; Anna Wintour, and others. (Condé Nast Entertainment helped produce the film.)
“My job is to be as objective as possible and not to give him an easy ride. With him, I was so amazed by how hands-off he was,” Macdonald told Variety of working with Galliano. “I had final cut, which I always have on my documentaries. He watched a number of cuts to give comments on factual inaccuracies. His factual inaccuracies were all to do with, ‘that dress was not a haute couture dress; it was a prêt-à-porter.’ He respected me enough to let me make the film I wanted to make it, which I think is brave for someone who has reason to be self-protecting.”
Out March 20 on Apple+, “Palm Royale” follows Maxine Simmons (Kristen Wiig) as she tries to break into Palm Beach high society, navigating the line between the haves and the have-nots in late ’60s style.
The starry cast includes Laura Dern, Allison Janney, Ricky Martin and Kaia Gerber. Expect lots of turbans, caftans and color from costume designer Alix Friedberg, who also worked on “Big Little Lies.”