“What it means to find your true calling in life is the universal message of the film.” ~ Vicki Vasilopoulos, Producer/Director of MEN OF THE CLOTH
It is a special experience to see a film and have the chance to meet its director. Last night I watched a documentary film about three master tailors called MEN OF THE CLOTH. This inspiring portrait of three Italian master tailors — Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti — takes the viewer behind the scenes of the artistry and craftsmanship of an Old-World profession that may be vanishing from modern society. Filmed over the course of eleven years, producer/director Vicki Vasilopoulos tells their story with authenticity and warmth.
Most of us will never know the true artistry of a master tailor. We would never know, for instance, that these three master tailors started working when they were young boys, that they practiced and practiced and perfected their skills with a passion and perfect concentration. Many of us simply think of tailoring clothing as providing alterations and that could not be farther from the truth. A true master tailor creates from a singular vision, understands every aspect of the human anatomy, is always learning, reaching to do better, and developing a relationship with his tools and his clients so personal that they become one.
I was touched by this experience, and I will forever appreciate the stories that these masters tell with their hands and their hearts, and Vicki Vasilopoulos for telling it.
Note: Turning Fashion Inside Out and Melissa Kaplan Guarino were not compensated for this endorsement. All opinions are my own.