The BBC has greenlit an observational documentary series on the British edition of fashion magazine Vogue. It will be produced by Lightbox, the production company founded by Simon Chinn, who won Oscars for “Man on Wire” and “Searching for Sugar Man,” and his cousin Jonathan Chinn, who won an Emmy for “American High.”
The series, which comprises two hour-long episodes, will be directed by Richard Macer, executive produced by Katie Buchanan and has been commissioned by Maxine Watson, the BBC’s acting head of documentary commissioning. It is scheduled to air in 2016 and Drive is managing pre-sales and co-production for the series.
The series will provide an inside track on the fashion industry from the magazine’s vantage point, exploring Vogue’s role and influence as the most commercially successful magazine in the U.K. The documentary will show how the magazine can make careers and labels by spotting and showcasing new talent, and how its seal of approval can guarantee continuing success for brands and supermodels.
Filming from some the most important fashion shows around the world, to glamorous location shoots, and behind the scenes with the photographers, models, editors and well-known faces featured in the magazine, the series will reveal how each issue is put together every month, culminating in its centenary issue in 2016.
As well as exploring the processes and the people behind the decisions, the series will also ask what the role of fashion is in the 21st century, why it remains important, and how the fashion industry works.
Simon Chinn said: “This is a fantastic and unprecedented opportunity to get to the heart of the U.K.’s fashion industry and look at its impact globally. 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.”
Watson said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to throw open the doors of the unique world of high fashion.”
Lightbox, which is headquartered in London and Los Angeles, has produced documentary series for Xbox Entertainment Studios and NBC Universal’s Esquire Network, and is in production with projects for Netflix, ESPN, FX, Fusion, Channel 4 and the BBC. In August 2014, the U.K.’s Channel 4 took a minority ownership stake in Lightbox.