About a month ago, The Shophound and a bunch of other folks were disappointed when a showing of the upcoming documentary "A Quiet American: Ralph Rucci & Paris" was abruptly canceled at the last minute on the eve of Fashion Week. Director C.S. Leigh made up for it over the weekend, when a rough cut of the film finally screened at Scandinavia House for a select audience of invited guests including the designers' friends and well known customers like Deeda Blair, Tatiana Sorrokko and legendary model Carmen Dell'Orefice.
The documentary, filmed over a period of four years, follows Mr. Rucci (pictured at left) as he presents his couture collection in Paris for the first time. It features interviews with prominent clients like Mrs. Blair, Ms. Sorrokko and Lee Radziwill as well as key figures like embroidery master François Lesage, Andre Leon Talley, Cathy Horyn and others as they trace the celebrated American designer's development. Still waiting for its finishing touches, the film will be a must-see for fans of Mr. Rucci and fashion fans in general, so look for it when it finally gets released later this year.