Turner Classic Movie (TCM) Fabulous new fashion on the film series with special guest Harlem’s B Michael

We are thrilled to announce that American designer B Michael will be the special guest star for TCM’s new limited series, follow the thread Premiere on June 4, 2022.

B Michael and TCM host Alicia Malone had an in-depth conversation about the films Funny Face and Belle du Jour. The conversation focused on the designers and their muse, a topic near and dear to B Michael, inspired by his own friendship and two-decade red carpet experience. design collaborations with Hollywood royalty Cicely Tyson.

B Michael said: “Cicely Tyson would be proud!”

“The Stars and Their Designers” with special guest B Michael airs Saturday, July 2, 2022 on TCM (Save the Date)

“Givenchy had Audrey Hepburn and B Michael had Cicely Tyson.” ~ Michael B

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has announced 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 through our culture’s past, present and future.

Presented on TCM, June 4, 2022, and HBO Max, June 17, 2022, 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 exhibit, In America: An Anthology of Fashion.

follow the thread 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 Andrew Bolton of the Met (curator Wendy Yu of the Costume Institute) and Sylvia Yount (curator Lawrence A. Fleischman of the American Wing).

“We see fashion inspired by the silver screen adorning red carpets, runways and city streets every day,” said Pola Changnon, General Manager of TCM. “Fashion is another way for our fans to join these colorful worlds and show their passion for their favorite movies, which are on display in follow the thread.

follow the thread is in conjunction with the Met’s new exhibit, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, with episodes filmed on location.

The exhibit features approximately 100 examples of men’s and women’s dresses dating from the 19th to the mid-to-late 20th century that reveal unfinished stories about American fashion.

As part of the exhibit, nine directors have created fictional concepts, or “freeze frames,” that share new perspectives on American fashion through their own distinct aesthetic.

The directors are Radha Blank, Janicza Bravo, Sofia Coppola, Julie Dash, Tom Ford, Regina King, Martin Scorsese, Autumn de Wilde and Chloé Zhao.

TCM’s lineup kicks off on its linear channel on Saturday, June 4, 2022 and on HBO Max on Friday, June 17, 2022, with more than 70 films featured in the series, including:

  • Woman of the Year (1942)
  • The Source (1949)
  • Sabrina (1954)
  • Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  • Funny Face (1957)
  • Breathless (1961)
  • Beauty of the Day (1967)
  • Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • Blast (1966)
  • Tree (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)
  • Rich Asian Boobies (2018)

and much more. We’ll be watching and you can watch by following the thread

Michael B

B Michael is co-founder, fashion designer and creative director of B Michael Global. Currently, he is the head designer of the brand’s couture and ready-to-wear collections.

B Michael won acclaim designing Whitney Houston’s costumes in collaboration with Ruth Carter for Whitney’s latest film ‘Sparkle’ and the ballet costumes for the Joffrey Ballet’s premiere of ‘Windy Sands’ and received numerous commissions design for film and television.

B Michael began his career as a millinery (hat) designer for the hit TV show “Dynasty” and later worked as a millinery designer for Louis Feraud of Paris and Oscar de la Renta. B Michael is a member of the Council of the Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and sits on the board of the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP). In 2016 he received the prestigious Design Visionary Award from the Lighthouse Guild.

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B Michael’s collections have attracted grateful fans, including socialites and personalities such as dear friend and longtime muse Cicely Tyson…Valerie Simpson, Phylicia Rashad, Brandy, Beyonce, Nancy Wilson, Susan Fales-Hill, Poet winner Elizabeth Alexander and Lena Horne among many others.

He has exhibited his collections in Beijing, Shanghai and Korea. B Michael’s designer ready-to-wear collection will be available on the brand’s e-commerce website to be launched in 2023.

B Michael lives in Harlem NYC with her husband Mark-Anthony Edwards CEO and President of B Michael Global.

For more information, visit Instagram: @bmichaelamerica and Twitter: @bmichaelamerica

Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a two-time Peabody Award-winning network that features classic, uncut, commercial-free films from the world’s leading film libraries, highlighting “where then meets now.”

TCM features insights from Primetime host Ben Mankiewicz as well as hosts Alicia Malone, Dave Karger, Jacqueline Stewart and Eddie Muller, as well as interviews with a wide range of special guests, and serves as the ultimate destination for moviegoers.

With more than two decades as a leading authority in classic cinema, TCM delivers critically acclaimed series like The Essentials, as well as annual programming events like 31 Days of Oscar® and Summer Under the Stars.

TCM also connects directly with moviegoers 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.

Additionally, TCM produces the smash hit podcast “The Plot Thickens”, which has had over 6 million downloads to date.

TCM hosts a wealth of online materials at tcm.com and through the Watch TCM mobile app. Fans can also enjoy a classic cinematic experience on the Classics Curated by TCM hub on HBO Max.

In America: A Fashion Anthology

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 exhibits featuring designers and couturiers individuals who have worked in the United States. 19th to mid-late 20th century.

The exhibit features approximately 100 examples of men’s and women’s dresses dating from the 19th to the mid-to-late 20th century that reveal unfinished stories about American fashion.

The garments are presented in the rich atmospheric setting of the Met’s American Wing period rooms, or historic 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 complex social, cultural and artistic narratives of these spaces amplify and contextualize the exhibit’s key themes – the creation of an identifiable American style and the emergence of the named designer, recognized for his distinct artistic vision.

Inspired by the vision of Costume Institute and American Wing curators, nine directors created fictional cinematic vignettes, or “freeze frames,” in each room, opening up new perspectives on American fashion and showcasing the singular aesthetic of the directors.

The directors who have contributed 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 dramatizations reveal the role of dress in shaping the diversity of American identities and explore the layered histories of play settings.

Photo credit: Cicely-Tyson-and-B-Michael at the Alvin Ailey Gala.

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