Just as hip-hop music transformed the entertainment world, the genre has left its mark on the fashion industry. This stylish documentary takes a look at a generation of designers who turned youth culture into a billion-dollar business.
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- Sacha Jenkins
- This movie is
- DVD and streaming
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Fresh Dressed is a 2015 documentary about the rise of hip-hop fashion. It's as inspiring as it is properly rooted in historical context. So many of those interviewed in this movie found in hip-hop fashion and music an avenue by which to showcase their identities and attain success in the midst of trying economic circumstances. This documentary also connects hip-hop fashion to the "Sunday best" clothing worn by slaves on plantations in the 19th century. There is some discussion of violence -- a peacemaker in a gang-ravaged community is beaten to death by baseball bats in the early 1970s, and people are robbed of their expensive shoes while on the streets, for instance. "F--k" is used twice; there's talk of wanting a "gangsta bitch hat"; and some racist undertones are discussed throughout, as NYC tailors from the '70s and '80s are referred to as the "Jewmen," and retail stores didn't want to sell hip-hop clothing because they didn't want to cater to "urban customers." Overall, this documentary is a fascinating glimpse into hip-hop fashions origins and how it coincided with the rise of the music from the Bronx to the whole world.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- Talk of a young man who was a peacemaker in his neighborhood getting beaten to death by a gang with baseball bats. Talk of gang fights and robbery of expensive tennis shoes.
- Two uses of "f--k." Reference to wanting a "gangsta bitch" hat. People of color are referred to by stores as "urban customers." Sellers of clothing in the 1970s and '80s are called "the Jewmen." A song talks of how "whitey is on the moon" while people of color suffer on Earth.
- Social Behavior
- Many of the people interviewed found an avenue by which to showcase their identities and attain success in the midst of trying economic circumstances in hip-hop fashion and music.
- Popular brands -- ranging from Ralph Lauren to Tommy Hilfiger to FUBU to Enyce and many other brands that emerged during the 1990s and beyond as hip-hop fashion took off -- are discussed at length. Consumption and materialism overall are shown as ways in which people try to attain status; even as it's provided with proper historical context, the lengths to which people go to conform in their communities or to attain pricey items such as expensive shoes are sometimes extraordinary.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some reference to crack cocaine and its impact on NYC neighborhoods in the 1980s.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it