Beauty and fashion documentaries

There are often sacrifices made in the pursuit of perfection. BBC Select is home to BBC beauty and fashion documentaries that explore those sacrifices in detail. If you live in the US or Canada, you can sign up for BBC Select to view a broad selection of beauty documentaries covering topics like plastic surgery, as well as fashion documentaries on luminaries such as photographer Erwin Blumenfeld and Manolo Blahnik.

In Louboutin's Shoes

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How do you go from style secret to status symbol? Just ask Louboutin. Until recently, his shoes were worn only by the fashion elite, the well-heeled and the Hollywood A-list. Now his red-soled super-heels are recognized the world over.

This biographical fashion documentary grants us access to the designer at home in Paris and Lisbon, at his workshops and his Mumbai store – in the company of the Queen of Bhutan.

Inside the Billionaire's Wardrobe

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A wild sable coat costs over a million dollars. A Siberian hunter has caught a sable. He removes its skin and flings the carcass in the snow. He’ll need forty more. Reggie Yates follows the pipeline from hunter to high street – pythons destined to be phone cases, crocodiles to be bags.

This fashion documentary asks, ‘Is the morality of wearing fur different to eating meat?’, ‘Can sustainable killing wipe clean a buyer’s conscience?’

Manolo: The Boy Who Made Shoes for Lizards

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Explore the mind of  Manolo Blahnik, the legendary designer whose high-priced, haute couture shoes have led him to become a household name.  In this colorful documentary on BBC Select this charismatic craftsman takes centre stage. Shows such as Sex and the City and stars like Rihanna wore his creations and made him famous. But what drives this influential fashion figure, tireless innovator and self confessed cobbler?

Louis Theroux: Under The Knife

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America is hooked on cosmetic surgery – and nowhere more so than Beverly Hills.

In this eyebrow-raising program, the British filmmaker meets the plastic-surgery patients that crowd the city’s clinics, joining them for consultations and operations as they seek everlasting youth. What motivates them to irrevocably alter themselves – as Louis wonders if he himself could do with a nip and tuck?

I Was Once A Beauty Queen

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Beauty contests were a staple of British TV in the 1970s and ’80s, attracting audiences of millions. These were women feted as the most beautiful in the country. Winning these pageants could mean money, fame or a date with royalty, rock stars or soccer players.

But what happened once it was all over? This delightfully quirky film discovers the truth once the tiara and sash have been removed.