Home / Knowledge / News / Apparel/Garments / Schmatta attempts to stitch past & present of NY garment sector
Schmatta attempts to stitch past & present of NY garment sector
23
Oct '09
A documentary by veteran New York filmmaker Marc Levin; 'Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags' tries to unravel the glorious history of the garment industry in New York from the beginning of this century and how it started falling from grace, with the emergence of low cost Asian countries and took away these jobs from right under their noses.

The clothing manufacturing sector was the first job of choice for the countless Jewish and Italian emigrants, who immigrated to this city in the early days of the previous century. The documentary glosses on the early as well as heydays of the apparel manufacturing industry in the city, which provided employment from the time the immigrants, put their foot on US soil.

It speaks of a time when in 1965, 95 percent of American clothing was made in the country, but by 2009, it has dropped down to a mere 5 percent. The film focuses on Manhattan's Garment District, an eight-block area on Manhattan's West Side which gave birth to the domestic industrial labor movement.

The film tells about the labour put in by the workers, designers, fashion executives and manufacturers, including some very good leaders who toiled hard to build the garment industry in New York.

Levin by means of the documentary tries to bring out the reasons for the downfall of a sector which employed hundreds of thousands of workers. He puts the demise of the industry, squarely on the work that has been outsourced to cheaper Asian destinations, over the last 25 years and also to craving for short term gains, which has crippled the economy.

The documentary was premiered recently on HBO channel and there will be regular repeat telecasts.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

Must ReadView All

Courtesy: Applied DNA Sciences

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Feb 2017

SigNatureT DNA can help prevent apparel counterfeiting

SigNatureT DNA is forensic molecular tag by Applied DNA Sciences...

Textiles | On 24th Feb 2017

Pakistan's textile exports down 1.54% in July-Jan FY17

The value of textile and garment exports made by Pakistan decreased...

Courtesy: The Irish News/Christian Cowan (Google)

Fashion | On 24th Feb 2017

Google & Christian Cowan create 'really blue' jeans

Google has partnered with British fashion designer Christian Cowan to ...

Interviews View All

Abhishek Ganguly
Puma India

‘As a brand, Puma is always looking for new and innovative ways to inspire ...

Janak Dhamanwala & Sunil Dhamanwala
Jansun

Moving towards sustainability is also a social change

Shawn Honeycutt
Bolger & O'Hearn

‘The Indian market is interesting and rather persistent in seeking new...

Mark Paterson
Technical Absorbents Ltd

Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Marten Alkhagen
Swerea IVF AB

Marten Alkhagen, Senior Scientist - Nonwoven and Technical Textiles of...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company

One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH
February 2017

February 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


eNEWS
Insights
Subscribe today and get the latest News update in your mail box.
Advanced Search