A living embodiment of the American dream, Ralph Lauren created an empire from his creations. After starting out as a tie salesman, he launched The Ralph Lauren Corporation in 1967. As a child of the Bronx, who was unaware of all the fashions, he was going to fashion one of the world's best-known brands in fifty years to the point of becoming the one of the emblems of theAmerican Way of Life. As he begins the sixth decade of his career, the documentary Very Ralph (1) retraces the trajectory of this visionary.
"I did not even know what a stylist was"
"I did not know who I was going to become. I did not even know what a stylist was, "he says at the beginning of the movie trailer. Offering unprecedented access to his private life and work, Ralph Lauren looks back on his childhood, his marriage of more than fifty years and the beginnings of his business. Starting from scratch, he is the first creator to have designed and marketed a complete lifestyle brand. A true pioneer, he is one of those who will open fashion to models born of diversity.
In pictures, the Ralph Lauren denim campaign autumn 2019
The man behind the success story
In her film, director Susan Lacy also gives the floor to the creator's entourage. His wife Ricky, as well as Karl Lagerfeld, Hilary Clinton, Naomi Campbell, Calvin Klein and Diane von Furstenberg look back on their friendship with Ralph Lauren and deliver an intimate vision of the man behind the success story. "Sometimes we find the child in him who does not return to be Ralph Lauren", analyzes the fashion popess Anna Wintour.
(1) Broadcast on November 12 exclusively on HBO USA and at 11pm on Saturday, November 16th on OCS City in France and on demand.