Alexander McQueen, Givenchy & Borsalino on the Big Screen
Good news fashion lovers. James Nolen has curated a stylish on-screen program for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), which coincides with the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF).
This year's Fashion on Film season will present a carefully selected program of fashion documentaries. This is your opportunity to admire Alexander McQueen's last collections, get to know the almighty fashion great Hubert de Givenchy, and celebrate the art of Italian millinery.
See the following films from 25 February to 14 March 2016:
BORSALINO CITY Unclassified 15 When: 25 February, 5, 6 & 11 March
The Borsalino aka fedora is not just any old hat, but is a highly sought after brand born in Italy in 1837. BORSALINO CITY celebrates the ultimate Hollywood hat, worn by Hollywood legends Charlie Chaplin, Robert Redford and Humphrey Bogart. By the 1920s, Borsalino hats could be found in prestigious stores of every major American city. Find out what makes Borsalino so special in this Australian premiere, exclusive to ACMI.
Running in conjunction with: One Morning in Italy (3 mins, USA, 2015) from filmmaker Oscar Boyson (Frances Ha). Shot on location in Pisa, the short film features some clothes in-the-making of Sleepy Jones from the United States.
In another Australian premiere, exclusive to ACMI, the late and the great fashion superstar Alexander McQueen is celebrated in The Legacy of Alexander McQueen. Director Loïc Prigent pays tribute to the late fashion designer by exploring four of the designer's last striking collections; Horn of Plenty, Plato's Atlantis, The Bone Collector (menswear) and Angels and Demons.
Screens with Shadow/Self (6 mins, Australia, 2015) featuring the Spring-Summer 2015 collection by Bianca Spender. This short film delves into the darker side of feminine psyche through fashion, music and dance.
JEREMY SCOTT: THE PEOPLE'S DESIGNER PG When: 3, 5, 7 & 12 March
Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer follows Scott's journey from country boy to couturier, as he debuts with Italian luxury brand Moschino in 2014. The fashion star calls Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Katy Perry close friends and confidants. Scott has certainly reached for the stars to become a highly sought after designer in the industry, breathing a wash of colour and humour into the fashion world.
Screens in conjunction with: Dust (2 mins, Australia, 2015) featuring a collection designed by Love Shop Share's Erin Maxwell for Ballettonet. Directed and shot by Nick Rieve and starring model Laura DeWit.
HUBERT DE GIVENCHY: A LIFE IN HAUTE COUTURE Unclassified 15 When: 4, 6, 10 & 12 March
Hubert De Givenchy
Hubert de Givenchy, now almost 90 years old, opened his own Paris fashion house at the age of only 24. Givenchy gained and has retained his place at the top of the global fashion world from the early years until today. Despite becoming the exclusive stylist of Audrey Hepburn back-in-the-day, Givenchy remains humble as he talks of his fruitful career in the fashion history with filmmaker Eric Pellerin. Australian premiere, exclusive to ACMI.
Running with: Cartography (4 mins, Australia, 2015) by filmmaker Justin McLean. Featuring rugged Australia landscape used as a backdrop for Jacinta Raquel's recent collection modelled with aplomb by Abul Akol.
DRESSED UP FOR WINTER 2016 (HABILLÉES POUR L'HIVER 2016) Unclassified 15 When: 4, 6, 10 & 12 March
The last in the series sees another Australian premiere, exclusive to ACMI; Dressed Up For Winter 2016. Explore the runways of today, which take on many forms. Anya Hindmarch introduces a Welsh men's choir to her show, whereas Diane Von Furstenberg and Mary J. Blige come together at Dsquared2. How have the fashion greats Gucci, Dior, Vuitton and Chanel taken on today's social media led generation, and see how traditional critics view the rise of the fashion blogger.
Screens with: All Starts with Hew (2 mins, Australia, 2015) featuring the colourful menswear of Melbourne designer Ema Hewitt, brought to life by dancer James Conrado.
Tickets for any of the above ACMI Fashion on Film screenings can be booked via the the AMCI website. Tickets now on sale at $17 at full price, $13 concession.
**DOUBLE PASS GIVEAWAY**
In a special WeekendNotes promotion, we have a double pass to giveaway to one of the sessions of Borsalino City. To enter, tell us who your favourite fashion icon is, and why. Email your answer to email@example.com with "ACMI FASHION'' in the email title.
One winner will be drawn on Friday 12 February, 2016 and contacted via email with details of how to collect your tickets.
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