4-Part ‘American Style’ Miniseries to Air on CNN



By Lauren Parker


According to Google’s Year in Search report, the top four trends in 2018 fashion search were 1980s fashion, grunge style, 1990s fashion and 2000s fashion, proving that we’re all looking to the past for the fashion of the present. So it’s with perfect timing that CNN Original Series “American Style” is airing with an examination of a half century of American fashion, all told through varied political, cultural and economic influences.


The four-part docuseries produced by Vox Entertainment in collaboration with Doc Shop Productions, airs January 13 and January 20, with two back-to-back episodes each time.  


Giving audiences “a front row seat to the runway of American history,” the hour-long episodes will feature the most iconic moments from fashion and pop culture history, with accessories playing a large part. There will be plenty of archival footage and interviews with fashion experts and cultural figures including Tim Gunn, Norma Kamali, Patricia Field, Donna Karan, Diane von Furstenberg, André Leon Talley and more.  


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American style might have felt overshadowed by European fashion houses, but the post-war boom and Hollywood start to shift things. The series starts with the 1940s and 50s, exploring how WWII and Hollywood helped create America’s fashion identity, launching entirely new trends like the bikini and zoot suit. This episode also includes some good ol’ American ingenuity, like women drawing on stocking “seams” on their bare legs in eyeliner after donating their stockings to the war effort.


The second episode explores the style of the Youth Culture of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and how more extreme politics influences fashion. Think love beads, colored sunglasses, fringe and The third and fourth episodes takes us through the ‘80s, 90s and the 2000s, so expect lots of colorful plastics, fashion crosses and hair bows a la Madonna, and a shift toward upscale dressing and shoes, shoes, shoes thanks to Sex and the City.


Each night’s programming begins at 9 p.m. EST and the episodes will be available on through cable/satellite services, CNNgo platforms and CNN mobile apps the following day.