Alicia Malone Hosts Industry Icons for In-Depth Examination on The History and Influence of Film and Fashion
Inspired by The Met’s New Exhibition In America: An Anthology of Fashion
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) announced today a new original limited series, Follow the Thread, hosted by TCM’s Alicia Malone. Exploring the synergies between fashion and film, this series will trace their influence across the past, present and future of our culture. Presented on TCM (June 4) and HBO Max (June 17), Follow the Thread will cover a variety of topics at the intersection of film and fashion, inspired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s new exhibition, In America: An Anthology of Fashion.
Follow the Thread will feature in-depth industry conversations with experts including Tim Gunn; designers Bob Mackie, Zac Posen, Jeremy Scott, and B Michael; costume designers Sandy Powell, Zaldy, Isis Mussenden, Mark Bridges, and Deborah Nadoolman Landis; film and fashion historians Kimberly Truhler and Raissa Bretaña; and The Met’s Andrew Bolton (Wendy Yu Curator of The Costume Institute) and Sylvia Yount (Lawrence A. Fleischman Curator of The American Wing).
“We see fashion inspired by the silver screen gracing red carpets, runways and city streets every day,” said Pola Changnon, general manager of TCM. “Fashion is yet another way for our fans to join these colorful worlds and show their passion for their favorite films, which is on display in Follow the Thread.”
Follow the Thread is in collaboration with The Met’s new exhibition, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, with episodes shot on site. The exhibition features approximately 100 examples of men’s and women’s dress dating from the 19th to the mid-late 20th century that reveal unfinished stories about American fashion.
As part of the exhibition, nine film directors have created fictional concepts, or “freeze frames,” that share new perspectives on American fashion through their own distinct aesthetics. The directors are Radha Blank, Janicza Bravo, Sofia Coppola, Julie Dash, Tom Ford, Regina King, Martin Scorsese, Autumn de Wilde, and Chloé Zhao.
TCM programming kicks off on its linear channel Saturday, June 4 and on HBO Max Friday, June 17, with more than 70 films featured in the series including:
- Woman of the Year (1942)
- The Fountainhead (1949)
- Sabrina (1954)
- Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
- Funny Face (1957)
- Breathless (1961)
- Belle de Jour (1967)
- Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
- Blow-Up (1966)
- Shaft (1971)
- A Star is Born (1976)
- Taxi Driver (1976)
- Saturday Night Fever (1977)
- Annie Hall (1977)
- American Gigolo (1980)
- Victor/Victoria (1982)
- Tootsie (1982)
- Risky Business (1983)
- Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
- Jackie Brown (1997)
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
- Kill Bill Vol. 1 (2003)
- The Great Gatsby (2013)
- Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
- and many more
Another extension of Follow the Thread includes TCM’s recently announced partnership with Julien’s Auctions. The upcoming July “Hollywood Legends” auction event will feature more than 1,400 pieces of Hollywood history, including iconic fashion and jewelry worn by film stars Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Russell, and Elizabeth Taylor.
Full programming schedules for TCM and HBO Max, interviews available upon request, download press assets here.
About Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that presents classic films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world highlighting “where then meets now.” TCM features the insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz along with hosts Alicia Malone, Dave Karger, Jacqueline Stewart and Eddie Muller, plus interviews with a wide range of special guests and serves as the ultimate movie lover destination. With more than two decades as a leading authority in classic film, TCM offers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, along with annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars. TCM also directly connects with movie fans through popular events such as the annual TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, the TCM Big Screen Classics screening series, and the TCM Classic Cruise. In addition, TCM produces the wildly successful podcast “The Plot Thickens,” which has had more than 6 million downloads to date. TCM hosts a wealth of material online at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app. Fans can also enjoy a classic movie experience on the Classics Curated by TCM hub on HBO Max.
About In America: An Anthology of Fashion
Now on view through September 5 at The Met, In America: An Anthology of Fashion—the second of a two- part presentation—explores the foundations of American fashion through a series of sartorial displays featuring individual designers and dressmakers who worked in the United States from the 19th to the mid- late 20th century.
The exhibition features approximately 100 examples of men’s and women’s dress dating from the 19th to the mid-late 20th century that reveal unfinished stories about American fashion. The garments are presented within the rich atmospheric setting of The Met’s American Wing period rooms, or historical interiors, which encapsulate a curated survey of more than a century of American domestic life and reveal a variety of stories—from the personal to the political, the stylistic to the cultural, and the aesthetic to the ideological. The complicated social, cultural, and artistic narratives of these spaces amplify and contextualize the exhibition’s key themes—the inception of an identifiable American style, and the emergence of the named designer, who is recognized for distinct artistic vision.
Inspired by the vision of The Costume Institute and American Wing curators, nine film directors have created fictional cinematic vignettes, or “freeze frames,” within each room, imparting new perspectives on American fashion and highlighting the directors’ singular aesthetics. Directors contributing to the exhibition are Radha Blank, Janicza Bravo, Sofia Coppola, Julie Dash, Tom Ford, Regina King, Martin Scorsese, Autumn de Wilde, and Chloé Zhao. These mise-en-scènes reveal the role of dress in shaping the diverse nature of American identities and explore the layered histories of the rooms’ settings.