With time on our hands and a desperate need for escapism, podcasts have really come into their own during lockdown. Not least because – mercifully – they don’t require any time spent scaring at a screen.
And in recent years the fashion industry has embraced the medium with gusto. From exploring the realities of working in the industry, or the urgency of addressing the colossal environmental damage it causes, through to frothy red carpet dissections and celebrity banter, a podcast is relaxing way to immerse yourself in some of fashion’s most fascinating stories.
Read on for the best fashion podcasts to listen to now.
2020 was a year of seismic change that created an existential moment for culture, with artists forced to consider how, why and where they tell stories and connect with audiences. To interrogate this shift, Chanel has launched a seven-episode podcast, bringing together talents from film, art, architecture, dance, music, and fashion to imagine the new cultural frontiers of 2021. Conversations span topics from technology in creative working, to culture as an agent for social change, and the guestlist includes the likes of actresses Tilda Swinton and Keira Knightley, musician Pharell Williams, designer ES Devlin and curator Andrew Bolton.
“Chanel Connects sees cultural gamechangers delve deep into their imaginations to share ideas across disciplines, projects and institutions," says Yana Peel, the brand’s Global Head of Arts and Culture. “As well as fascinating insight into the minds of today’s most creative innovators, it’s a prescient reminder to continue supporting the arts, championing what’s next and celebrating work that has the power to transform lives and wider society.”
Business of Fashion
Heralded as the fashion bible, this podcast from Business of Fashion will appeal to an industry audience. Meticulously detailed in content, listen to BOF journalists and CEO Imran Ahmed interview the industry’s biggest innovators. Covering topics from biofabrications to conversational commerce, it's not for the faint-hearted, nevertheless it offers a fascinating examination into how the industry is rapidly evolving. Listen to episode 40: The Great Fur Debate. The name says it all.
Fashion No Filter
Influencer Camille Charriere and journalist pal Monica De La Villadière break the superficial taboo associated with fashion, with intimate cafe-style interviews with interesting industry figures. From the Instagram generation for the Instagram generation, the duo give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at how the fashion industry operates, while still being an accessible pleasure to listen to. An archive with timeless relevance, look to episodes What Men Really Think of Fashion, and Eco Warriors.
The Wardrobe Crisis
If you’re on a mission to educate yourself on fashion’s devastating impact on the environment, this award-winning podcast is the perfect place to start. Lunched by Vogue Australia’s first ever sustainability editor Clare Press in 2017 and now on its 133rd episode, The Wardrobe Crisis profiles the industry innovators setting about to make a change from within, much like Press herself.
While not strictly reserved to fashion, sifting through the Ted Talks archive conjures up a select number of fashion-related episodes. Averaging on quick 15-minute insights into some forward-thinking ideas, consider it a fashion-quickie - no doubt you'll learn something. Noteworthy episodes include a celebration of natural hair with Cheyenne Cochrane, and 3 Creative Ways to Fix Fashion's Waste Problem with Amit Kalra.
From obsessive red carpet dissections to criticisms over relevant industry issues, Vancouver trio Abby, Evan and Katie's down-to-earth commentary will guarantee a few laughs. Occasional swearing, strong opinions and shade-throwing make for an entertaining hour. As self-confessed non-industry experts, their obvious passion for fashion fuels far more accessible conversations - ideal if you enjoy tuning into a podcast cocktail in hand. Check out episodes 56: The Demise of the Fashion Magazine, and 37: How Dat T-Shirt Get Made?
âThose wanting an up-to-date summary on the latest happenings in fashion, beauty and culture will find the SheerLuxe Highlights a handy companion each fortnight. Although with a very newsy focus, their Success Stories series has a more timeless archive featuring interviews with some of Britain's most inspiring female entrepreneurs.
The Vogue Podcast
If the sassy demeanour of Andre Leon Talley doesn't sell it to you, maybe the fact that it's Vogue will. From a position of undoubted authority in fashion, a scroll through their archive offers interesting interviews with some of the top names in the business. The recently added ‘In Vogue: The 1990s’ series is a must for nostalgia enthusiasts, featuring episodes on everything from Tom Ford’s Gucci to the rise of the supermodel and grunge.
You Must Remember This
While it's not strictly related to fashion, all fashion lovers will be captivated by this podcast. Mini-series portraits shed light on some of the famous scandals and behind-the-scenes gossip surrounding Hollywood's biggest 20th century stars. Anyone who romanticises in pop-culture of the past will indulge in the intimate revelations of Hollywood's Golden Age elite. Particularly controversial series look at Madonna: From Guy Pierce to Warren Beatty, and Dead Blondes including conspiracies surrounding Marilyn Monroe's death.
Articles of Interest
Whoever thought fashion and philosophy made an unlikely match, Avery Trufelman begs to differ on her new podcast Articles of Interest. A spin-off series from the design podcast hit 99% Invisible, Trufelman takes us on a thought-provoking fashion quest examining the real meaning behind certain trends and how they inform what we wear. If you’ve ever wondered why women’s clothes have tiny pockets or how your denim collection is impacting the environment, this podcast should be on your radar.
The fashion industry's reputation for putting profit before people and planet is problematic to say the least. As consumers are becoming increasingly environmentally and socially aware, a new BBC podcast, Fashion Fix, is entirely on-the-pulse in sentiment. Hosted by model and activist Charli Howard , it features interviews with industry game-changers in an attempt to unpick complex issues from body image, sustainability, #MeToo, diversity and self-care. It's your one-stop-stream to joining the fashion revolution.