This is truly an outstanding documentary dealing with the garment industry in the U.S.
George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" is properly played at the beginning since the garment industry was synonymous with New York City itself.
The film is historical in nature tracing the beginning of the industry and detailing how the Triangle Shirt Waist Factory fire of March, 1911 paved the way for reforms as well as FDR's programs, which gave rise to the Wagner Act of 1935 and other reforms.
It dealt with the day to day activity of those 7th Avenue workers. The cutters, the designers, the movers and shakers of the industry are all discussed. What has happened to this once great industry? Out sourcing has ruined it and there is much talk of the Reagan years of the 1980s when unions were definitely frowned upon.
This excellent documentary shows the melting pot relationship of the garment industry to its people. Tastes may have changed, by this is definitely a piece of Americana, a bygone era which has left us and probably will never reappear. By the way, does anyone remember the Dress Walkout of 1958?
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