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The Tents (2012)

First ever look behind-the-scenes at NY Fashion Week, with the history of how it all began in the early 1990's. Story told by the 'Fashion Insiders' and the Top Fashion Designers: Betsey ... See full summary »


James Belzer


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Credited cast:
Terry Agins Terry Agins ... Herself
J. Alexander ... Himself
Max Azria Max Azria ... Himself
Glenda Bailey Glenda Bailey ... Herself
Jeff Banks Jeff Banks ... Himself
Ellen Barkin ... Herself (archive footage)
Ivan Bart Ivan Bart ... Himself
Daniel A. Biederman Daniel A. Biederman ... Himself
Phillip Bloch ... Himself
Mickey Boardman ... Himself
Laurie Brookins ... Herself
Larry Busacca Larry Busacca ... Himself (archive footage)
Glenn Close ... Herself (archive footage)
Kelly Cutrone ... Herself
Geoff Day Geoff Day ... Himself (archive footage)


First ever look behind-the-scenes at NY Fashion Week, with the history of how it all began in the early 1990's. Story told by the 'Fashion Insiders' and the Top Fashion Designers: Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera, Donna Karan, Tommy Hilfiger, Zac Posen, etc.; the Top Fashion Editors from Harper's Bazaar, ELLE, In-Style Magazine & other fashion industry journalists. Commentary from Carson Kressley, Michael Musto and Robert Verdi. Featuring Models galore and the best runway fashions from over the years. Original music from some of the most exciting new artists on the scene. This film documents the total extravaganza that NY Fashion Week has become and takes a look at the future of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week as it prepares to make the debut at Lincoln Center. Written by Anonymous

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1 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Bryant Park, New York, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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A History of NYC's Fashion Week in Bryant Park
9 October 2013 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

I found this selection on Netflix. I was not exactly sure what to expect. I was a little disappointed, but really this documentary does what it sets out to do--provide an overview of the origins and the growth of New York's Fashion Week for the eighteen years it was housed in Bryant Park.

If you hope to see whole collections by U.S. designers or lots of celebrities, this is not the film to watch. The Tents only provides (numerous) glimpses of both, just enough to give you a feel for what transpired.

If you want a definitive history of Bryant Park's very successful role in the promotion of Fashion Week as provided through interviews with many of the participants involved, this film is for you. Snippets of interviews with organizers, producers, designers, models, sponsors and fashion fans reveal how an audacious idea became an integral part of the fashion culture and a significant influence on the global fashion seasons.

Also discussed are various factors that have influenced Fashion Week during those years--digital cameras, social media, and Project Runway.

The Tents is filled with anecdotes that range from lighting miscues to the intrusions of the real world (e.g. the death of Alexander McQueen and 9/11).

As New York's Fashion Week prepares to move to Lincoln Center, this film provides a nostalgic look at an era many will identify with and others will want to visit.

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