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CS Leigh’s A Quiet American: Ralph Rucci & Paris to Premiere at
New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(NEW YORK– DEC. 21, 2011) – It’s not everyday that one gets the chance to get a glimpse into the mind of a multi-dimensional man. But at New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in February, we will be able to do just that, with the US premiere of A Quiet American: Ralph Rucci & Paris, a new documentary film by CS Leigh that follows for four years one of the world’s most revered fashion designers, iconic American fashion designer Ralph Rucci.
A Quiet American: Ralph Rucci & Paris will explore the symbiotic relationship between Rucci and the fashion capital of the world, Paris, showing audiences the particular way in which Rucci collaborates with the great Haute Couture artisans and technicians of the city, in order to create clothes that push the boundaries of what Couture can be in the 21st Century and beyond.
The film follows the designer around for four years – or seven cycles of creating collections in Paris and New York, where Rucci’s leading brand Chado Ralph Rucci is based. The film reveals how each collection is prepared in the workrooms, from concept to creation, in the legendary ateliers of Paris and to their production right through to the presentation on the runways.
In addition to following the development of these breathtaking collections, A Quiet American includes newly filmed interviews with dozens of people close to Rucci, including Lee Radziwill; Cathy Horyn of the New York Times; Suzy Menkes of the International Herald Tribune; Didier Grumbach of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne; Francisco Costa, the creative director of Calvin Klein; Hamish Bowles and Andre Leon Talley of Vogue; Francois Lesage; Deeda Blair; Yaffa Assouline; James Galanos, and many more.
"For me Ralph Rucci is one of the great artists working today," says Leigh. "I was attracted to make the film because I wanted to look at what Ralph is doing and how Couture is changing. It gave me a lot of pleasure to converse with Ralph and his cultured and erudite circle, and I loved spending so much time in Paris. Ralph and I share many of the same fashion memories of people like Halston and Joe Eula."
There will also be press screenings of A Quiet American in January.
About CS Leigh
CS Leigh is a writer and filmmaker. His films include FAR FROM CHINA (2011) with Marianne Faithfull and Lambert Wilson, with an original score by Suede; PROCESS (2004), starring Beatrice Dalle and Guillaume Depardieu, with an original score by John Cale, which was featured as the Official Selection at the Berlin Film Festival and over 35 international film festivals, including Edinburgh, where it was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film of the Year, and SEE YOU AT REGIS DEBRAY (2008) about a week in the life of Andreas Baader.