Look: Ralph Lauren’s First Ever Documentary “Very Ralph”

HBO finally dropped the official trailer and first look for its upcoming Ralph Lauren documentary, “Very Ralph”. The first ever documentary to portray the American fashion mogul was announced earlier this summer, with multiple award-winning documentarian Susan Lacy serving as its director and producer. “Very Ralph” offers viewers an up close look at the man behind one of the most successful brands in fashion history—who considers himself a “private person”.

Ralph Lauren with his wife Ricky Ann Low-Beer

The trailer shows clips of Lauren reflecting on his many years in the industry; from a kid growing up in streets of the Bronx who hated fashion and had no idea what as fashion designer was, to hitting the floors of Bloomingdale’s becoming one of the most recognizable figures in the industry, and as he is entering his sixth decade in the fashion business. The documentary also features archival footage from the fashion brand as well as interviews with Lauren’s family and the likes of Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld, and Naomi Campbell.

Lauren told Reuters that the idea was presented by former HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler over dinner one evening—who said was a big fan of the designer. He began to consider the proposition because at the time since Ralph Lauren Corp was approaching a big milestone: its 50th anniversary.

Ralph Lauren with his wife and family

The documentary already had its initial premiere at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art with his wife and family as well as who’s who in the world of fashion. Fellow fashion folk, many of whom were featured subjects in the film (like Tyson Beckford, Tom Brokaw, Richard Cohen, Karlie Kloss, Donna Karan, Martha Stewart, Judith Thurman, Bruce Springsteen, Tory Burch, Ansel Elgort, Jason Wu, and Anna Wintour), were also in attendance last night.

Ansel Elgort
Vera Wang

Asked what he wants people to take away from the documentary, Lauren said “I want people to feel that they can do things, to come from nowhere, to stick to your guns and believe that you can be good and to see that others have done it and you can too”.

Very Ralph will air on HBO November 12 at 9 p.m EST.