MEN OF THE CLOTH
Screening and Discussion with
Filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulos and master tailor Nino Corvato
Hosted by TPH Chair Emeritus John Calvelli
January 25th at 7pm
MEN OF THE CLOTH is an inspiring portrait of three humble and accomplished Italian master tailors whose work exudes elegance and style. The film gives us a window into the past, present and future of custom tailoring, a craft whose roots are in the Italian Renaissance but whose branches extend from small towns in the Apennine Mountains of Italy and the outskirts of Palermo, Sicily, all the way to New York’s Madison Avenue and the suburbs of Philadelphia. Now in the twilight of their career, artisans Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli and Joe Centofanti have a passionate devotion to their Old World craft that’s akin to a religion. As they confront the decline of the apprentice system they fear that their Old World knowledge will vanish with them. Enter Joe Genuardi, a tailoring apprentice who reflects the resurgence of popular interest in artisanal craftsmanship as an alternative to corporate mass production, providing hope for the future of this craft.
MEN OF THE CLOTH premiered at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film festival in America. The men’s lifestyle magazine A & H said the film is “Dynamic, emotional, and inspiring! A captivating tale of an art in both remission and resurgence, MEN OF THE CLOTH is a journey across the globe unifying craftsmanship and style.”
Q & A with Filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulos and master tailor Nino Corvato.