BusiChics of Melbourne,
The Cultural Program of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) has opened and you are in for a treat! In 2016 the program continues to cater to all sartorial appetites with a program of events that enables fashion lovers to submerge themselves into the milieu. One of my personal favourites is on again, celebrating TEN years! Mon dieu!
Long-time BusiChics will already be familiar with the style of ACMI film programmer, James Nolen. This year I caught up with James for the Melbourne in Fashion podcast to get the lowdown on the 2016 program however sadly the microphone didn’t work – quelle catastrophe! Nonetheless ACMI have provided us with some gorgeous imagery from the five films in the program to accompany the words I recall from James, so without further adieu, voilà!
ACMI x VAMFF 2016 Fashion Film Program
Visit ACMI for more information and tickets.
Hubert de Givenchy – A Life in Haute Couture
Did you know that Monsieur, protege of the great Balenciaga and dresser of style icons such as Audrey Hepburn is still alive today? Homage is paid in this film which celebrates Givenchy’s achievements and contributions to fashion including the creation of “separates” which meant women could mix and match their outfits for the first time. He wanted to created wardrobes for every minute of the day, not just for the rare evening soirée and to that end, he added the now ubiquitous LBD – the little black dress.
Dressed Up For Winter 2016
This is one for fashion lovers and non-fashion lovers alike. Filmed for French television, this program is quite a treat as Mademoiselle Agnes returns to the screen with her tongue-in-cheek look at the high fashion world. She has insider access to the big houses of fashion – think Chanel, Gucci , Dior and Vuitton – however no-one escapes Mademoiselle’s dry and witty observations or highly comical shenanigans as she takes on the personas of the “woman” who inspire a collection such as the Rick Owens woman, Kanye West Woman and Lily Apple Rose, Vetements Woman!
From country boy to head designer at Moschino; Jeremy Scott has scaled the high fashion world and this film is a look behind-the-scenes as Scott prepares for his first show for Moschino. This reminds me of the wonderful ‘Dior and I’ film which introduced viewers to Raf Simons as he presented his first collection for that iconic house. At one point Scott was the only American designer working in Paris, providing the public with a fresh and irreverent alternative to the stuffy styles of the time. Known also for his collaborations with sportswear label, Adidas, Nolen informs me that this film provides insight and a level of thought and depth to a designer otherwise known for being “simply bold and brash”.
The Legacy of Alexander McQueen
McQueen himself once said that his life would make for a great movie. He made headlines throughout his career where he was known as a great thinker and highly talented creator who was so hands on with his designs that he often took to pieces with a pair of scissors – much to the horror of his seamstresses. Tragically the designer took his own life on the eve of his beloved mother’s death. Director Loïc Prigent pays tribute to the remarkable designer by exploring his final four collections, their themes, creativity and innovation.
Nolen highlighted this film to me as one of the little gems in this year’s fashion film program.
Once you become familiar with the shape and styles of a Borsalino hat; you will start recognising it in films as that hat worn by Ingrid Bergman or that hat worn by Charlie Chaplin.
In its prime, hat manufacturer, Borsalino employed as much as 30% of the population of this small Italian city. The hats continue to be handmade in Borsalino, to this day. This delightful film delves into the deep archives of the company and film history!
All films will be preceded by a number of short fashion films as part of the VAMFF cultural program.
Price: Individual sessions: FULL: $17 CONCESSION: $13 MEMBER: $10 | or purchase a 3-film pass: Full $78 Concession $66 Member $60
In case you missed it, click here to see the style of ACMI film programmer, James Nolen!