The Decades Series1 season, 22 episodes
Ten decades, 10 directors. In celebration of Vanity Fair’s 100th anniversary, 10 eclectic filmmakers—from Judd Apatow to Don Cheadle—created a film on each era of V.F.’s century-old history and the Zeitgeist that defined it.
Vanity Fair's 100th Anniversary
Arts & CultureTen decades, 10 directors. To celebrate V.F.’s 100th anniversary, we asked 10 of today’s most influential filmmakers—from Judd Apatow to Don Cheadle to Brett Ratner—to create a film on each era of V.F.’s century-old history and the Zeitgeist that defined it. Beginning with 1910 and culminating with the millennium, watch as editor in chief Graydon Carter and deputy editor Dana Brown preview the monthlong special: The Decades Series.
Arts & CultureDirector Gilly Barnes re-imagines the first march made in the early 20th century by suffragists fighting for women’s equality in her inspiring short, “The Decades Series: The 1910s.”
Arts & CultureFind out how director Gilly Barnes captured the courageous spirit of suffrage pioneers in this behind-the-scenes look at her short film “The Decades Series: The 1910s.”
Arts & CultureIn “Pole Royale,” director Lee Hirsch explores the 1920s trend known as pole-sitting. Through extensive interviews with historians and archival footage, see why this cultural fad became all the rage and how it helped define the decade.
Arts & CultureWhen director Lee Hirsch was looking for inspiration for “The Decades Series: The 1920s,” he found it in an unlikely place. Go behind the scenes and see how he came up with the idea for his short film, “Pole Royale.”
Arts & CultureThe 1939 New York World’s Fair offered a glimpse into a promising future, filled with innovative ideas and inventions. Featuring firsthand interviews from those who were there, Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple highlights the landmark event in “The Decades Series: The 1930s.”
Arts & CultureGo behind the scenes of “The Decades Series: The 1930s” with Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple.
Arts & CultureIt was the end of W.W.II, the beginning of J. D. Salinger’s literary career, and the golden age of tattoos for men in service. Watch as director Nick Hooker takes us through an animated look back at the 1940s.
Arts & CultureDirector Nick Hooker explains the vision behind his animated homage to the 1940s.
Arts & CultureDuring the 1950s, everything seemed to be booming—the economy, childbirth rates, popular culture, inventions, and innovations—and the country was looking ahead to a future of boundless prosperity. In "Booms," digital artist/director Joe Sabia offers a musical interpretation of the decade, featuring a costumed cast as they dance their way through iconic images of the era, including those of Lucille Ball, James Dean, and Disneyland.
Arts & CultureIn this behind-the-scenes look, director Joe Sabia explains how he translated the optimism and prosperity of the 1950s into his musical short “Booms.”
Arts & CultureIt was a time of peace, love, and happiness. Director Bryce Dallas Howard rounds up luminaries, including Chaka Khan, Henry Winkler, Smokey Robinson, Peggy Lipton, and Florence Henderson, to reflect on the highest highs and lowest lows of the 1960s—plus, a few of the icons show off their favorite moves from the swingin’ era.
Arts & CultureDirector Bryce Dallas Howard reveals the vision for her short film The Decades Series: The 1960s, and the surprising revelations she drew out during candid interviews with Chaka Khan, Henry Winkler, Smokey Robinson, Peggy Lipton, and Florence Henderson.
Arts & CultureGuided by the candid photography of Jean Pigozzi, producer and director Brett Ratner takes us through the disco inferno of the 1970s, providing an insider¹s look at the stars who hustled through the bell-bottomed decade, including Steve Martin, Andy Warhol, and John Travolta.
Arts & CultureFrom Chic’s “Le Freak” to Jean Pigozzi’s personal snapshots of celebrities in their disco heyday, including Andy Warhol and John Travolta, director Brett Ratner explains his inspiration for “The Decades Series: The 1970s.”
Arts & CultureIn Don Cheadle’s 1980s-inspired short, “H8DES,” the director offers a glimpse into the defining era marked by Reaganomics, the burgeoning technology scene, and the AIDS and crack epidemics.
Arts & CultureOscar-nominated Don Cheadle explains the vision behind his short film “H8DES,” and talks about what it was like to come of age during the 1980s.
Arts & CultureDirector Judd Apatow puts comedienne Maria Bamford’s 1990s knowledge to the test as the two reminisce about the highs and lows of the grunge era.
Arts & CultureIn this behind-the-scenes look at “The Decades Series: The 1990s,” Judd Apatow explains why he used Vanity Fair to gain access to comedienne Maria Bamford and how he keeps the grunge era alive.
Arts & CultureThe first decade of the 21st century was never supposed to happen. Both the mainstream media and apocalypse-watchers agreed that on January 1, 2000, mass chaos would ensue as a result of the Y2K bug. In “Y2Krazy” directors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing highlight the monumental events of the aughts, including Y2K, 9/11 and George W. Bush’s War on Terror.
Arts & CultureDirectors Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing reveal the inspiration for their homage to the aughts in this behind-the-scenes look at their short film “Y2Krazy.”
Arts & CultureWith technology shaping the decades to come, director Guy Logan highlights the people who caught on to its power early on and have used it as a communication platform and creative outlet. Watch interviews from YouTube stars such as Jenna Marbles, Daily Grace, and the Shaytards, and see how today is helping to define tomorrow.