BOZAR is showing the brand new doc We Margiela, about the cutting edge fashion brand and it’s founders’ dramatic disappearance act.
And because more is more: here are 10 other catwalk moments on screen. More fashion, frocks and feuds!
1. Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (William Klein, 1966)
An art house satire on the French fashion industry, about a supermodel who is followed around by a French tv-crew. Yes, like Man Bites Dog. Photographer director William Klein (who was a student of Fernand Léger and started out as a painter) had been a top photographer at Vogue for years, so he knew what he was spoofing.
2. The Day Before (Loic Prigent, 2009)
Ever since his wonderful series on the house of Chanel, Frenchman Loic Prigent - who manages to simultaneously admire his subjects and poke fun at them - is the darling of the fashion industry. In this brilliant string of documentaries he follows designers during the invariably chaotic run up to their catwalk show.
3. Bill Cunningham New York (Richard Press, 2011)
Everyone seems to have their own streetstyle blog – these days it seems the clothes on the front row are more likely to go viral than those on the catwalk. This American pioneer was stalking the streets long before anyone else though.
4. The Devil Wears Prada (David Frankel, 2006)
The icy, all-powerful editor-in-chief for Vogue, Anna Wintour, had an entire documentary dedicated to her – the rather tame The September Issue. So it’s rather thrilling to imagine this ‘portrait’ by Meryl Streep might actually be a bit closer to the bone. Dismissed as a light-weight chick flick, it has gathered something of a cult status.
5. Model (Frederick Wiseman, 1980)
In his distinguished career, legendary doc filmer Frederick Wiseman turned his camera on museums, ballet companies and slaughter houses. Here he observes the New York modelling world in 1980. It’s a strangely mesmerizing historical document; with no cell phone in sight, and everyone looking approximately 10 years older than they actually are.
6. Valentino, Le Dernier Empereur (Matt Tyrnauer, 2008)
A grandiose and tender portrait of one of the last grandes dames of the world of couture, this film marries the sublime and the absurd to celebrate an extraordinary designer. The fashion is fabulous, the bickering between Valentino and his (business) partner Giancarlo Giammeti hilarious.
7. Funny Face (Stanley Donen, 1957)
Audrey Hepburn is the face, and Paris the setting for this colourful musical on the world of fashion, with music by the Gershwins. Richard Avedon provided the photographs for the film and the inspiration for the character played by Fred Astaire. Givenchy provided the wardrobe for Miss Hepburn.
8. Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé: L’Amour Fou (Pierre Thoretton, 2011)
Not just a fashion documentary but a double portrait – full of beauty, frustration, drugs and love – of the mythical duo Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé. YSL has turned into the fashion obsession of the decade; he also got two simultaneous but very different biopics in 2014: Yves Saint Laurent (Lespert) and Saint Laurent (Bonello).
9. Puzzle Of A Downfall Child (Jerry Schatzberg, 1970)
Faye Dunaway is a former supermodel who, cooped up in an isolated beach house, looks back on her life, lovers, and general downward psychological spiral. Don’t believe everything she tells you though. A forgotten seventies gem.
10. The Neon Demon (Nicolas Winding Refn, 2016)
It’s Elle Fanning’s turn to get eaten alive by the cruel, neon-lit fashion world of Los Angeles in this thriller-on-high-heels. But is the movie tremendous or just tedious? Make up your own mind, sweetie darling!
11. American Crime Story 2 : The Assassination of Gianni Versace (Ryan Murphy, 2018)
Ok, we’re just gonna smuggle this one in. The People vs O.J. Simpson was great fun, and in part 2 of his series American Crime Story Ryan Murphy (Glee, Feud) zooms in on the murder of Gianni Versace, with Penelope Cruz and Ricky Martin among the cast. Bienvenido a Miami!