In an effort to support up-and-coming designers in the Big Apple and the belief that if you make it here (New York City) you can make it anywhere, it was only natural to see the movie Dressed.
The documentary film, which premiered in select theaters on Friday, February 4th, follows fashion designer Nary Manivong and his humble beginning as an aspiring designer in one of the most cutthroat cities in the world for fashion, New York City. In the city of dreams, one day you're hot and the next day you can, simply, be old news.
With a rough childhood, growing up in poverty, and homeless by the age of fourteen, Nary Manivong faced adversity and rose up from the weighty hardships he experienced in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio to make something of himself. As a young teen, Nary worked multiple jobs to survive, all while attending high school. His evenings were spent in public establishments like a local donut shop, where he would reside for the night in order to gain sleep. Fortunately, Nary did not allow this low point in his life to hinder him from pursuing his found love for fashion and designing his namesake collection.
Never allowing himself to fail, even during moments of weakness, the film illustrates how Nary's past drives him to only do better and be better in life. With only about five-thousand dollars saved to create his first collection, moviegoers are taken on an inspirational ride as Nary struggles to produce and debut his line during New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
The film is accompanied with commentary from elite fashion insiders, such as designer Nanette Lepore, Fern Mallis formerly with IMG, Simon Doonan Creative Director of Barneys New York, Mickey Boardman of Paper magazine, Simon Collins Dean of Parsons The New School for Design, and Lynn Yaeger formerly with the Village Voice, who all provide insight into the raw, competitive world of fashion, that so many, season after season, attempt to draw incredible success and recognition from, yet only a few triumph.
Enjoy this trailer for Dressed:
Keep an eye out for Nary Manivong and his collaboration with Ally Hilfiger for their debut Fall 2011 collection this season of NAHM (Nary Ally Hilfiger Manivong).
(Image and Video: Courtesy of Google Images and YouTube)