The Ultimate ‘Calendar Girl’ Ruth Finley Spotlighted in Upcoming Documentary

As editors, influencers and buyers sort out their schedule for the next edition of New York Fashion Week, filmmaker Christian Bruun is finessing his documentary about the woman who started the Fashion Calendar and kept it rolling for nearly 70 years.
Archaic by today’s 24/7 digital demands, founder and publisher Ruth Finley relied early on on a landline, typewriter, mimeograph machine and face-to-face meetings to plot out, organize and publish the biweekly publication. Over time, the format advanced with technology and eventually introduced a web site, but many fashion insiders printed out copies of the multipage, biannual fashion week calendar and staple it together. Unfailingly kind, patient and diplomatic, Finley was also brutally frank, advising designers on time slots to avoid conflicts with their respective rivals. Her petite stature belied the shadow she cast amidst the giants of New York’s fashion scene, but Finley, who died last year at the age of 98, shunned fame and acclaim.
For a sense of perspective, women earned the right to vote, Woodrow Wilson was the 28th U.S. president and the first commercially licensed radio station started airing live election results in 1920, the year that Finley was born in Haverhill, Mass. After graduating from Simmons College

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