The U.K.’s BBC Two channel has commissioned an “observational documentary series” on British Vogue, with two, 60-minute episodes set to air in 2016. The series will also tie in with British Vogue’s Centenary, which the title marks in 2016.
Lightbox, the London and Los-Angeles based production company that will produce the series, said in a statement that the documentary would “explore Vogue’s role and influence as the most commercially successful magazine in the U.K.,” along with the title’s ability to “make careers and labels by spotting and showcasing new talent.” The show will also look at “what the role of fashion is in the 21st century, why it remains important and how the fashion industry works.”
Simon Chinn and his cousin Jonathan Chinn founded Lightbox. Simon Chinn is a documentary producer, who has won Academy Awards for producing “Man on Wire” and “Searching for Sugar Man,” while Jonathan Chinn has won an Emmy for his non-fiction productions. Richard Macer is to direct the series, in association with his company Platform Productions. It is executive produced by Katie Buchanan and has been commissioned by Maxine Watson, the BBC’s acting head of documentary commissioning.
“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,” said Simon 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.