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Fresh Dressed

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Excellent docu on hip-hop fashion's rise has profanity.

Movie NR 2015 82 minutes
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Fresh Dressed is a detailed and engaging documentary chronicling the rise of hip-hop fashions from the streets of the Bronx to the catwalks of international fashion meccas. Tracing the origin of hip-hop to the death of an idealistic young man who tried to broker peace between rival gangs in the Bronx and the fashion itself to the "Sunday best" clothing worn by plantation slaves of the 19th century, Fresh Dressed reveals the cultural traditions and fundamentally universal desires of youth to fit in to their communities that catapulted hip-hop fashion to the enormous industry it later became in the late 1980s and onward.

The documentary manages a near-perfect confluence of history, fashion, and music and should be required viewing for anyone interested in any or all of these three topics. Its multigenerational scope makes this a documentary that's enjoyable for teen hip-hop fans as well as those who were around when it first started to gain popularity in the late 1970s.

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