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Leading up to the photograph, however, the film is filled with monologues from each individual telling her own story or most memorable shoot. To hear some of these women speak -- some of whom its the first time I've ever even heard their voice -- captivated me. So much that I have watched this about 20 times since it first aired.
As their stories are being told, the photos they reference are cut onto the screen.
Maybe to a lot of people its a fluff piece ... about something that there isn't a great deal of interest in. I have spent hours completely enraptured listening to these women speak. Most of these women I have loved as they were still on the runway ... others (i.e. Carmen Dell'Orefice) I've seen pictures of but not heard anything about them until now.
A definitive work for anyone even remotely interested in fashion -- as told by the women who were there to help build the industry from the ground up. Bravo HBO for letting this be made. Its not anything you can really see anywhere else.
The Documentary is so factual, true to the point, and gives insight to the Industry in the 1980's.
I was blessed to have a met a beautiful Cosmetics Gal Super Hottie, and we fell in love, 1980. I was in the F&B Club Business, and worked until late every night. Whenever we could steal time away, she would be excited to tell me EVERYTHING she learned about the Cosmetic, Fragrance and up and coming Models. Which Designer hired a new face, etc. I was a SPONGE for information. We were so HOH for each other. For the next 6 years I could "Name" any fragrance a woman was wearing, or the "Style" of Makeup she was wearing.
We were in a whirlwind of an emerging Fragrance and Makeup revolution.
I was engaged to, what I considered, a local Supermodel in SF Bay Area from 1980 -1986. She was, earlier, a contributing writer for Teen Magazine. She worked in Cosmetics at Bullocks for Calvin, Estee, Lauren, and could backup her associates Counters in Bourgeoisa, Polo, Lancome, Clinique, YSL, Dior, Jovan, Giorgio, Brut, Drakkar, Revlon, of course Channel Co Co, Paloma Picasso, Cartier, Arden, Fendi, Givenchy Ysatis, Dior, Pavlova, Laroche, Geoffrey Beene and Grey Flannel, Giorgio (Yuk), Anais Anais, Fendi, Guess, Elizabeth Taylor Passion and Diamonds, Revlon, Coty, Krizia, Clarins, La Perla, Claiborne, Vanderbilt, Jovan, Ritz, Max Factor, Anne Klein, DKNY, Gloria Vanderbilt, Tatiana Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Faberge, L'Air du Temps Nina Ricci, Jean Nate, Revlon, aka Revco, JHL (Joseph H. Lauder).
The lifestyle of most of the girls in the Cosmetic Departments during that era was very similar to this documentary. The only difference in this documentary is that the Professional Models look and act more mature and in better control of their well being today, versus the Cosmetics girls. The Professional Models no doubt had Mentors and other professionals to guide them as they aged the past 30 years. Back then, it was all about "Face". This documentary gives us a real look "Back" in "About Face".
Great Memories revisited with this Documentary "About Face".