Featuring Fashion: The St. Louis International Film Festival Kicks Off This Week

By Sarah Stallmann
In Style

Beat the cold and grab some popcorn—the 22nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival kicks off this week at various theaters around the city. The festival is one of the largest in the Midwest and will screen 330 films of various genres from Nov. 14-24. Three fashion reels are included in this year’s lineup, “Material Success,” “The Tents,” and “Versailles ’73,” allowing viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the blood, sweat and tears beyond the glamour.

Material Success

"Material Success," photo courtesy of Cinema St. Louis.

“Material Success,” photo courtesy of Cinema St. Louis.

Director Jesse Mann presents the story of Bruno Ierullo, a Toronto-based fashion designer who embraces the risk of a drastic career change after a personal tragedy inspires him to follow his dreams. Mann captures Bruno and his colorful team as they create a haul that rivals that of even the largest fashion houses—a 300-piece collection that must be constructed within a months’ time. “Material Success” allows viewers “fly-on-the-wall” observations of a man struggling to define himself within his art and the characters that help him along the way.

Showtime: Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1:15pm. Click here for tickets.

The Tents

"The Tents," photo courtesy of Cinema St. Louis.

“The Tents,” photo courtesy of Cinema St. Louis.

“The Tents,” directed by James Belzer, gives viewers an up-close and personal view of the history and birth of New York Fashion Week, from its first home at Bryant Park to its current location at Lincoln Center. Told with exclusive footage from some of the country’s biggest fashion power players, “The Tents” tells the behind-the0scenes tale of the risks and rewards of creating and sustaining the fashion industry’s biggest event. Commentators include Betsey Johnson, Carolina Herrera, Zac Posen, Fern Mallis and Tommy Hilfiger.

This presentation will be followed by a post-film discussion lead by St. Louis Fashion Week Founder Elizabeth Tucker and St. Louis Post Dispatch Fashion Editor Debra Bass.

Showtime: Monday, Nov. 18 at 1:45pm. Click here for tickets.

Versailles ‘73

"Versailles '73," photo courtesy of Cinema St. Louis

“Versailles ’73,” photo courtesy of Cinema St. Louis

The American runway revolution came to head at a singular event, putting the new wave of American sportswear—and its designers—into the worldwide spotlight. “Versailles ‘73” gives viewers a firsthand account of that evening, where five heavy hitters in the world of haute couture—Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Hubert de Givenchy, Pierre Cardin and Emanuel Ungaro—took the stage along with up-and-coming American designers Anne Klein, Stephen Burrows, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta and Halson and the Americans’ show-stealing presentations flipped the script of the future of fashion.

Showtime: Saturday, Nov. 23 at 4pm at Plaza Frontenac Cinema. Click here for tickets.

For a full list of shows, showtimes and events, visit the Cinema St. Louis website.

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