Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Marc Jacobs on Film

Fashion blogging sensation BryanBoy
Fashion blogging sensation BryanBoy

The Australian Centre for the Moving Image's (ACMI) annual collaboration with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is bigger than ever in 2009, with a program dedicated to the career, creations and influences of one of fashion's greatest living visionaries, Marc Jacobs.

2009 marks 25 years in the fashion industry for designer Marc Jacobs. Even before he even graduated, Jacobs was being touted as a promising designer of the future. He was promptly hired by fashion house Perry Ellis and promoted to Creative Director a short time later. A risk-taker with a penchant for grunge, Jacobs took the look to the catwalk in his ill-fated collection of 1992. The move resulted in his sacking but the range inspired a groundswell of similar designs and is still talked about today.

For his own lines, Marc Jacobs and Marc by Marc Jacobs, he is Head Designer. In 1997, Jacobs was appointed Creative Director of Louis Vuitton and successfully created the first ready-to-wear line for the luxury luggage house. The role has allowed him to fuse his love for older, classic design with contemporary movements, which is evident in his collaborations with artists Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince and Kanye West. Today Jacobs is a key fixture in the New York fashion scene with immense influence.

ACMI Film Programmer James Nolen has delicately woven a mix of documentary and fiction to compile a program of six films showcasing his career, creations, collaborations and influences. "We are thrilled to present Marc Jacobs on Film. Jacobs is a designer with a true affinity with the film and art worlds so it is rather fitting he is acknowledged on film. This program aims to show the extraordinary impact that art has had on his work and in turn, the influence he has gained in the art community," said James.

"Also, Marc Jacobs has been a great proponent of film stars such as Sofia Coppola, Dakota Fanning and Chloe Sevigny, having used them in his work. He's more than a man who creates covetable items; he's a true artist and collaborator," he continued.

The season opens with Marc Jacobs & Louis Vuitton (2007), a documentary on Jacobs as Creative Director of the fashion house, created just in time for the birth of the handbag of all handbags - made entirely of earlier Vuitton handbags. Special guest of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, fashion blogger BryanBoy, will introduce each of these sessions and tell us about the BB Bag created in his honour by Marc Jacobs. "A cult read in fashion circles" (Style.com), BryanBoy has been described by the New York Times as an "internationally-loved fashion superblogger" and Marc Jacobs himself has commented, "I give you a 10 for effort... Love your passion for fashion, after all, where would designers be without enthusiasm like yours?"

Madonna (who recently posed for a Louis Vuitton campaign) said: "New York is not a city; it's a state of mind." Over the years, the city has been a muse to many artists and Marc Jacobs is no exception. Jacobs' affinity with the city is explored in Marc Jacobs' New York, a documentary showcasing his designs, regarded as the epitome of downtown chic, influenced by New York art scene alumni Andy Wahol and Stephen Sprouse.

Charting his entire 25-year career, Marc Jacobs - Designer Marathon (1984-2008), is a collection of footage from shows and interviews which traces his rise from hired gun (and his famous Perry Ellis sacking) to becoming one of the biggest names in fashion today. This comprehensive document is your opportunity to view every major runway show Marc has presented under his own name.

Fashionistas get a unique look behind the scenes in Louis Vuitton, Champs-Elysées, The Countdown (2005) as Louis Vuitton staff prepare for the grand opening of the crowning jewel in the Louis Vuitton empire, the Champs-Elysées store. The camera takes you into the VIP opening night party with its select guest list including Sharon Stone, Catherine Deneuve, Uma Thurman and Salma Hayek.

To round off the season, two fiction works screen to showcase Jacobs' work and influences. In The Darjeeling Limited (2007) director Wes Anderson called on Jacobs to create courier sacks, trunks and valises to accompany three brothers (Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody and Jason Schwartzman) on a spiritual journey to India. The actors are dressed head-to-toe in Vuitton's Oxford shirts, pyjamas and bespoke suits and accompanied by limited-edition Vuitton luggage (created especially for the film) in a spectacular showcase of Louis Vuitton's original vision; practical, fashionable travel.

Slaves of New York (1989) tells the story of a struggling hat designer in New York circa 1980, based on a series of short stories by Tama Janowitz. With Bernadette Peters as designer Eleanor, this film includes a fashion parade where Eleanor's creations are matched brilliantly with clothing designed by Stephen Sprouse (played by Steve Buscemi). Director James Ivory beautifully captures the feel of 1980s New York and what it's like to be an aspiring designer.

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week celebrate 25 years in the industry for Marc Jacobs, the designer who brought grunge to the catwalk and continues to surprise and inspire, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Marc Jacobs on Film.

For more information and session details, please visit: http://www.acmi.net.au/

Further information

Claire Butler
Communications Coordinator
[direct phone] 61 3 8663 2415 [fax] 61 3 8663 2498 [mobile] 0434 603 654
[email] claire.butler@acmi.net.au  
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