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Fashion on Film: Get Ready for New York Fashion Week By Watching These Documentaries

By Basil Tsiokos | Indiewire September 5, 2013 at 10:00AM

The who's who of the fashion industry will descend upon Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week starting this Thursday. If you can't make the runway shows yourself, take a look at Indiewire's latest selections for Hulu's Documentaries page - a series of films examining the world of fashion. Watch these and other fashion-focused docs now for free!
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The who's who of the fashion industry will descend upon Lincoln Center for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week starting today. If you can't make the runway shows yourself, take a look at Indiewire's latest selections for Hulu's Documentaries page - a series of films examining the world of fashion.  Watch these and other fashion-focused docs now for free!

  • James Belzer's "The Tents" provides a history of New York Fashion Week, featuring organizers, designers, fashion editors, and publicists before the event transitioned from its previous home in Bryant Park.


  • A number of films take the viewer behind the scenes as designers prepare their latest collections: Matt Tyrnauer's acclaimed "Valentino: The Last Emperor"profiles the legendary designer; Douglas Keeve's "Unzipped" heads back in time, as Isaac Mizrahi plans his Fall 1994 line; "CRAEFT - PORTS 1961 - New York Fashion Week / Fall 2010" details the hurdles between designer Tia Cibani and her Bryant Park runway show; and Varon Bonicos' "A Man's Story" follows menswear designer Ozwald Boateng for twelve years, culminating in his massive show at 2010 London Fashion Week.


  • Ole Schell and Sara Ziff's "Picture Me: A Model's Diary" looks at the model's role in high fashion. Darryl Roberts' "America the Beautiful," on the other hand, offers a critique of the limited and unrealistic ideals of female beauty.


  • Finally, for a different, outsider perspective, Jennie Livingston's classic "Paris is Burning" celebrates the vibrant drag ball culture of New York, a subcultural send-up of the haute couture spectacle of Fashion Week.


EDITOR'S NOTE: "Indiewire @ Hulu Docs" is a regular column spotlighting the Iw-curated selections on Hulu's Documentaries page, a unique collaboration between the two sites. Be sure to check out the great non-fiction projects available to watch free of charge. Disclosure: Some of the selections are titles provided to Hulu by SnagFilms, the parent company of Indiewire.


ABOUT THE WRITER: Basil Tsiokos is a Programming Associate, Documentary Features for Sundance, Senior Programmer for DOC NYC, and a consultant to documentary filmmakers and festivals. Follow him on Twitter (@1basil1) and visit his blog (what (not) to doc).

This article is related to: Indiewire @ Hulu Docs, Hulu, Documentary





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