It’s hard to imagine what we used to do without podcasts. They keep us productive and informed through our routine tasks and activities, they add spice to the humdrum of our daily commutes, they widen our scope of knowledge, and they bring communities together through the medium of frank conversations and in-depth narratives.
With there being a podcast available for just about every field and niche subject, it’s hardly surprising that lovers of fashion have their pick of podcast content that’s ripe for consumption. From series created by brands like Gucci, Balmain and Dior that offer deep dives into their houses’ heritage, to enlightening programmes about fashion’s role and significance in social and cultural history, here are some of the top podcasts that fashion fanatics can sink their teeth into.
Launched in the year of Balmain’s 75th anniversary, the L’Atelier Balmain podcast celebrates the historic fashion house and the groundbreaking vision of its Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing. Through compelling and insightful discussions with Rousteing and members of his team, the podcast explores how every Balmain runway draws from and builds upon the brand’s proud legacy. Each episode is also linked to a page on Balmain’s website that features photos and videos to further illustrate the topics discussed.
Over the past few years, Dior has steadily built up an extensive collection of audio dialogue and narrative series which dig deeper into the House’s codes and sources of inspiration. Among them is Dior Untold, a podcast that brings us behind the scenes of the Maison and the unique savoir faire that goes into creating its enchanting perfumes. Each episode immerses the listener into the life and world inhabited by Christian Dior, exploring themes from the garden blooms that cultivated his creativity to the powerful women who served as his muses.
From Chanel’s collection of podcasts comes Chanel Connects, a series that brings together prominent members in the creative world from film, art, music, architecture and dance for open discussions on what’s next in the sphere of arts and culture. Its first season saw the likes of Pharrell Williams, Tilda Swinton and Keira Knightley come on to talk about their creative lives and how they envision the new cultural frontier, while the latest season boasts a roster of guests that includes musician Grimes and actress Maisie Williams.
Gucci’s contribution to the luxury fashion podcast genre revolves around conversations with creative voices working in collaboration with Creative Director Alessandro Michele, from Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia and Chef Karime López of Gucci Osteria Florence, to famous friends of the house such as Sir Elton John and Jared Leto. The podcast’s latest batch of episodes, dedicated to Gucci’s Vault project, spotlights the young designers and brands around the world who have been invited to be a part of Gucci’s experimental online space.
Behind the BOSS
Newly launched in May 2022, the Behind the BOSS podcast appears to be part of the house’s brand-redefining new campaign focused on a young, bold, ‘like a boss’ attitude. The podcast, hosted by London-based culture writer Raven Smith, invites on inspiring creators, artists, and athletes to discuss the pivotal moments in their journeys that pushed them to become the boss they are today. Guests so far have included TV star and stylist Law Roach, tech and metaverse expert Cathy Hackl, and professional boxer Anthony Joshua.
THE MEMORY OF… With John Galliano
Maison Margiela’s creative director John Galliano offers a glimpse into the fashion house with THE MEMORY OF… With John Galliano, a podcast within which he delves into his inspirations and creative processes involved in each collection or runway show. While the episodes never run longer than fifteen minutes, each one provides an insider’s look at the mind behind the Maison’s creations, from his nod to stories of hope, heroines and liberation from history to how he views the changing definitions of masculinity and femininity.
Dressed: The History of Fashion
This one’s for all you fashion-loving history buffs out there. Dressed: The History of Fashion is a podcast hosted by historians April Calahan and Cassidy Zachary, who provide highly comprehensive explorations into the social and cultural histories of how people dressed through the ages. From the first development of Haute Couture, to how clothing has been used as a symbol and means of activism and identity, the depth and range of Dressed’s content makes it the perfect podcast for building up your repertoire of fascinating fashion facts.