Thursday, 15 February 2007

fashion and film

Hot Australian designers, the House of Berlei, Swinging London Fashion, Vespa-riding mods and some seriously stylish guest speakers will be in the spotlight for Fashion and Film (March 8-11, 2007), a fabulous film season presented by ACMI as part of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Closet Tales (Unclassified 18+, Australia, 2006)
Explored through four half-hour episodes, Closet Tales features Australia's seminal sartorial stars: designers Akira Isogawa, Peter Morrissey, Willow and Lover. They offer a rare insight into what it takes to succeed and survive in the highly competitive and ever changing fashion industry. Each shares a similar passion for fashion, but the working realities of their creative pursuits could not be more varied. From inception of ideas through to the execution of a complete collection, we follow the designers through the creative highs and the commercial lows of putting a range together - from sketching dreams and sourcing fabrics to showcasing the range at an international fashion week (either locally or abroad) and ensuring that the back-end of their business can fill an order and deliver product on time. Includes post screening Q & A with series director/producer Jasmin Tarasin (Pure Pictures) + designers

Undercover (PG, Australia, 1984) + screening of two Berlei cinema advertisements from 1920s
Undercover, set in Sydney's jazzy snazzy roaring twenties, charts the rise of the House of Berlei and its founder Fred Burley - the pioneering, unsung hero who was determined to lift Australian women out of their whalebone corsets and into the new flattering figure form lingerie. David Steven's entertaining and often sensitive film screens with two silent Berlei advertisements which used to screen in cinemas in the 1920s, courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia.
Introduced by author and fashion historian Associate Professor Margaret Maynard

Swinging London Fashion: Various short films (Unclassified 18+)
Direct from the British Film Institute's National Film Theatre, these films - dating back to 1967 - chronicle the story of modern British fashion with magazine-style clips showing interviews with top designers and the changing styles of 1960s London. This series of films will be introduced by Australian photographer, Robyn Beeche. Based in London throughout the 1980s, Robyn Beeche created striking fashion campaigns for such names as Zandra Rhodes, Mary Quant and Vivienne Westwood.

Shoe Biz: The Beat of Shod Feet
Roger Leong, Curator of International Fashion and Textiles at the National Gallery of Victoria, traces the evolution of footwear. Includes early silent shorts Amore Pedestre and The Gay Shoe Clerk (1914).

Quadrophenia (R18+, UK, 1979)
Franc Roddam's energetically directed cult movie recreates a stretch of the 1960s when nattily dressed Mods contended with their leather-sporting, Yankophilic adversaries, the Rockers.

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
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