BBC's British Vogue documentary to be made by Oscar-winning producer

Series offering ‘unprecedented access’ to magazine will be produced by Simon Chinn, who won Academy awards for Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man

BBC2 is to investigate the world of British Vogue in a new documentary from the makers of acclaimed films Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man.

The BBC has commissioned an observational documentary series looking inside the world of British Vogue as the fashion bible prepares to celebrate its centenary next year.

Its two-hour long episodes are to be produced by Lightbox, the production company co-founded by Simon Chinn, who won Academy awards for documentaries Man on Wire and Searching for Sugar Man.

The as-yet-unnamed documentary promises “unprecedented access” to the Condé Nast-owned title and its staff.

“We are delighted to have this opportunity to throw open the doors of the unique world of high fashion,” said Maxine Watson, the acting head of documentary commissioning at the BBC.

The documentary will air next year.

“This is a fantastic and unprecedented opportunity to get to the heart of the UK’s fashion industry and look at its impact globally,” said Chinn, who co-founded Lightbox with his cousin Jonathan Chinn. “There will be big characters, compelling storylines and plenty of glamour, but we also want to explore some important questions about the role fashion plays today in Britain and the world beyond.”

Last year, Channel 4 bought a minority stake in Lightbox in the first round of investments from its £20m fund that aims to help the growth of small and medium-sized independent producers.


Mark Sweney

The GuardianTramp

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