The Day Before

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  • 2009
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.8  (43)

The Day Before is a Sundance Channel documentary series that follows the final 24 hours leading up to some of the most highly-anticipated fashion shows in the world. Each episode centers around a different designer, including Karl Lagerfeld, Sonia Rykiel, and Proenza Schouler, among others.

The episode featuring Karl Lagerfeld takes place in the lead-up to the Chanel Fall/Winter 2009 show in Paris. The episode kicks off with an introduction to Lagerfeld himself, who is shown to be a complex and somewhat enigmatic figure. While many people may know him as the creative director of Chanel, Lagerfeld is also an accomplished photographer and artist in his own right.

We then get a glimpse into the weeks leading up to the show, as Lagerfeld and his team work tirelessly to put the finishing touches on the collection. We see them poring over sketches, selecting fabrics, and overseeing fittings with the models who will eventually walk the runway.

As the day of the show approaches, tensions run high. Lagerfeld is stoic and focused, but there is an undercurrent of anxiety running through the studio. Will everything be ready in time? Will the clothes fit the models perfectly? Will the audience appreciate the collection?

Throughout the episode, we get to know some of the people who are instrumental in making the show happen, including Lagerfeld's right-hand woman, Amanda Harlech, and the head seamstress who oversees the construction of the clothes. We also get a rare glimpse into Lagerfeld's personal life, as he shares insights about his childhood and his creative process.

One of the most interesting aspects of The Day Before is the way it illustrates the complex interplay between fashion, art, and commerce. We see Lagerfeld navigating the delicate balance between creating artistic pieces that reflect his unique vision and designing clothes that will sell well and maintain Chanel's brand identity.

The Day Before is also notable for its star-studded cast of participants, including Mickey Rourke and Kylie Minogue. Rourke is shown visiting Lagerfeld in his studio, where the two discuss the designer's creative process and the role that fashion plays in the cultural zeitgeist. Minogue, on the other hand, is part of the celebrity audience that attends the Chanel show, where she is dressed in one of Lagerfeld's own designs.

Overall, The Day Before is a fascinating and engaging series that provides an intimate look at the world of high-end fashion. While the show is undoubtedly glamorous, it also reveals the immense amount of work and dedication that goes into creating a single collection. Whether you're a fashion enthusiast or simply curious about the industry, The Day Before is an illuminating and engaging watch.

The Day Before is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on September 8, 2009.

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Jeremy Scott
6. Jeremy Scott
September 13, 2010
Designer Jeremy Scott has conquered Paris and London and has dressed everyone from Madonna to Miss Piggy with his pop-cause-driven pieces. While his collection is a success, his label is a personal struggle. Will his small, dedicated team in Los Angeles be able to handle New York?
Nina Ricci
5. Nina Ricci
September 12, 2010
Nina Ricci just hired the very talented Mr. Peter Copping to revamp the house, starting with its DNA of femininity. This will be his first major show and opportunity to present his vision - everything has to be perfect, from the venue right down to the shoes. But will go off without a hitch?
Narciso Rodriguez
4. Narciso Rodriguez
September 11, 2010
After dressing Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy and Michelle Obama, Narciso Rodriguez is the most haute couture designer in America. He strives for perfection and expects nothing less from his overwhelmed team in the final hours before his Fall 2010 collection is revealed.
Alexander Wang
3. Alexander Wang
September 10, 2010
At 26 years-old Alexander Wang runs a multimillion dollar business with the fashion world watching his every move. With a strong vision and a large support team, his first-ever show to be broadcasted in Times Square will be one of the most special moments in his career yet.
Donatella Versace
2. Donatella Versace
September 8, 2010
For the first time ever, Donatella Versace allows access to her creative process and to the house of Versace. From ateliers to fittings and a pilgrimage to the bedroom of her late brother Gianni Versace, it is an intense glimpse into the life of one of the great fashion divas.
Diane Von Furstenberg
1. Diane Von Furstenberg
September 8, 2010
Diane Von Furstenberg has New York in the palm of her hands but also knows it takes a fight to keep the city captivated. In the hours leading up to her Fall 2010 show, she orchestrates a team of stylists, artists and seamstresses to ensure that her collection puts the fun back into fashion.
Where to Watch The Day Before
The Day Before is available for streaming on the Sundance Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Day Before on demand at Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 8, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (43)