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).