USA - 78 MINUTES - COLOUR
A FILM BY JAMES BELZER
Far-reaching and definitive, this fast-paced history of the birth of New York’s FASHION WEEK illuminates events which made New York City the international fashion destination. THE TENTS takes us behind-the-scenes with top fashion industry players to reveal the origins of the Bryant Park tent shows and their evolution to high profile and high art now at Lincoln Center as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The film features candid and revealing interviews with industry heavy-hitters, designers, industry execs and journalists—including Betsy Johnson, Carolina Herrera, Christian Siriano, Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, Photographer Patrick McMullan, Stylist Phillip Bloch, Russell Simmons and Tommy Hilfiger; FASHION WEEK founders Fern Mallis and Stan Herman; Fashion editors and journalists, Stefano Tonchi (W), Hal Rubenstein (InStyle), Glenda Bailey (Harper's Bazaar), Nina Garcia (Marie Claire),Teri Agins (The Wall St. Journal), Michael Musto (The Village Voice), Suzy Menkes (International Herald Tribune) and Carson Kressley and Robert Verdi add humor to the mix. THE TENTS captures the talent, energy and vision of this world-class, multi-billion dollar industry, still, in its way, decidedly “Downtown”.