The life and work of fashion icon Ralph Lauren is to be the subject of a new documentary.
Lauren launched his career with a line of men’s ties in 1967, and the following year, developed his debut range of Polo menswear. The 79-year-old designer has since gone on to build up a reputation for his American sportswear and preppy classics, and on Tuesday, a spokesperson for U.S. network HBO announced that the Very Ralph documentary will be released on 12 November.
“For more than 50 years, he has celebrated the iconography of America and defined American style, translating his vision and inspiration into one of the world’s most widely recognised brands,” a representative said in a statement. “In Very Ralph, as he enters his sixth decade in business, Lauren reflects on his journey from a boy from The Bronx who didn’t know what a fashion designer was, to becoming the emblem of American style all around the world.”
Very Ralph will be directed and produced by Susan Lacy, the award-winning documentarian previously made HBO projects such as 2017’s Spielberg and 2018’s Jane Fonda in Five Acts.
The film will also contain archive footage, interviews with Lauren’s family, as well long-standing colleagues, including Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, Jason Wu, Naomi Campbell, Martha Stewart, Calvin Klein, Tyson Beckford, Diane von Furstenberg, and Jessica Chastain.
“Offering unprecedented access to his life and work, Ralph Lauren speaks candidly in extensive interviews about his childhood, his five-decade-long marriage, the early days of his company, his response to criticism, his inventive multi-page ad campaigns and his pioneering vision which includes a remarkable series of firsts,” they added.
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