Fashion documentary ‘The Tents’ reveals unglamorous side of New York Fashion Week

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New York Fashion Week is usually a time of year associated with upmarket glamour and effortless style, but a new documentary called ‘The Tents’ is set to shatter any illusions, giving a unpolished look at the birth and development of the famous fashion week. Getting it’s name from the famous Bryant Park set up of marquees where NYFW was held until 2010, the behind-the-scenes film features honest interviews from some of fashion’s biggest names, including Donna Karan, Isaac Mizrahi, Zac Posen, Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan and Carolina Herrera.

Through the accounts fashion insiders reveal the stress and chaos involved in preparing for the world famous Fashion Week, as well as the danger involved in working inside the large marquees, including power cuts and collapsing ceilings. DKNY designer Donna Karan expresses the level of risk she encountered, saying: “It was frightening. If the police department or fire department ever knew they were going on, they would have shut these places down in a minute.”

The 72-minute film documents to start of NYFW, from the first shows in SoHo lofts, to the 1993 Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)’s organisation of the event in Bryant Park  to the subsequent take-over by IMG.

‘The Tents’ is set to première at New York Fashion Week this September. We hope the UK gets a look in!