Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Deep in Vogue: Fashion on Film

Fashoin On Film 2 - 9 Sep 2012
Karl Lagerfeld in Fashion Pack Go Global

ACMI is proud to present its 4th annual Fashion On Film collection as part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. A season of Australian premieres and the biggest stars of the fashion firmament grace the cinema screens with some of the biggest trends and turning points in fashion.

Some of fashion's biggest names and those arguably deepest in vogue, come to the big screen to show us behind the scenes of some of the greatest runways shows from Europe. With interviews and off guard moments these documentaries give another layer and insight into a world that most of us view only from the end product, not the journey. Thierry Mugler, Azzedine Alaia, Claude Montana, Jean Paul Gaultier, Yohji Yamamoto, Rei Kawakubo, Martin Margiela, Ann Demeulemeester, Helmut Lang, Jil Sander, Raf Simons, Hussein Chalayan, Rich Owens, Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Lacroix, Miuccia Prada, Tom Ford, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Isabel Marant and Alber Elbaz show us that it's more than pattern making and textile choice.

Many of these fashion auteurs feature in the opening three part documentary, Fashion Pack. From French director Olivier Nicklaus he brings exclusive interviews with designers, collaborators, models, journalists, fashion editors and writers and includes never before seen footage and screens in two parts to explore the fashion movements of the '80s, '90s and '00s.

Fashion Pack: Golden Eighties & Anti Fashion
3, 5 & 8 September

A bold new age is born - the eighties heralds ambition, discovery and era of Paris-based fashion design with the emergence of major talents including Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler , Claude Montana and Azzedine Alaia.

With excess comes revolt. Leading the charge with temperance and deconstruction were two Japanese designers Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo who were closely followed by the 'Belgian Six' which included Gaultier's protégé Martin Margiela.

Fashion Pack: Go Global
3, 4 & 8 September

It's a triumph of the big brands with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, Muccia expanding Prada, Tom Ford reviving Gucci, Marc Jacobs at Louis Vutton, John Galliano at Dior and Alexander McQueen at Givenchy. But with the ever growing number of collections and collaborations with masstige retailers, is this sustainable?

Three additional films round out this year's Fashion On Film: Deep In Vogue. Looking at specific runway shows and designer collections you can see the latest shows from Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Jil Sander and the Spring Summer 2012 runway shows of Isabel Marant and Lanvin.

Dressed for Winter 2012/2013
4, 6 & 7 September

Mademoiselle Agnès hosts a whirlwind tour of the last six months of fashion parades - opening with the extravagant Marc Jacobs for the Louis Vuitton show. Australian expat Catherine Baba also presents her new collection of jewellery for Gripoix.

The Day Before: Isabel Marant & Lanvin
5, 6 & 7 September

From one of France's newest fashion houses to the oldest, this fashion double is twice as nice! It's 48 hours to go until their Spring Summer 2012 women's wear collections are presented to the world and as you would expect, there's still plenty to be done.

A look inside the world of Tom Ford is covered in the documentary series Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind. Tom Ford after 5 years hiatus from the industry explains his career, his motivators and his creative 'point of view' in rare access to the man and the designer. Joining Gucci in 1990 as it faulted to remain solvent, Ford is credited with returning Gucci to the luxury designer it strove to be. This determination and focus put Gucci in a position to buy Yves Saint Laurent in 1999. He is also marked as boldly altering the marketing ethos of fashion, from the hard edged sexuality and excess depicted throughout the Eighties to a softer depiction of sexuality in the mid-Nineties. He celebrated the physical form (both male and female) that he designed for through simple well crafted lines bestowing a platform for individual expression to be made - "I like when women take a piece of this, a piece of that and break it up and personalise it'. His drive and ambition is evident throughout, even during is break from the fashion industry where he directed the award winning A Single Man.

"When I design I want to make the very best thing that I can make; with the most beautiful fabrics, with the most beautiful stitching. Something that I would want." - Tom Ford in Visionaries: Inside the Creative Mind of Tom Ford.

Visionaries: Inisde the Creative Mind of Tom Ford
4, 5, 6 & 8 September

For the first time ever, Texan born Tom Ford allowed filmmaker Michael Bonfiglio to capture the life of one of the world's most successful fashion designers on the threshold of his first eponymous women's wear collection.

The Deep In Vogue program is opened by a panel of fashion luminaries who will question "the 80s, 90s or the 00s?" - Which decade gave us the height of fashion (if at all)? Given the term and expression 'fashion' is so subjective, this Sunday afternoon free event (2 September) aims to provide the audience with ardent sensibilities, thoughts (tacit or not) and points of view, with which to take into this year's Fashion On Film, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and beyond.

As part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, City Square (cnr Collins & Swanston Streets) will house a big screen which is free for the public to view. James Nolen, ACMI's Film Programmer for Fashion On Film seasons will program what is shown, within the premise of acting as an extension to this season of Fashion On Film.

"We are thrilled to be screening the films in this year's collection"says James Nolen. "They showcase true fashion auteurs and their forays which broke ground and pushed boundaries. They are still at the forefront of their game and producing some of the most wanted and talked about fashion today. To be able to have insight into their world brings a new level of context to the wonderful world of fashion"

Deep In Vogue: Fashion On Film screens from 2 - 9 September 2012

Further information

Donna Hillier
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2475 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498
[email] donna.hillier@acmi.net.au

 
 
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