Kinetic Collaborations

2015 | Frame By Frame: Dissecting The Fashion Moving Image Now

PANEL DISCUSSION: Tuesday 24 March, 19:00–20:30

Somerset House, Screening Room, South Wing

The idea of collaboration is fundamental to any designer or design brand that aims to communicate the ‘essence’ of a collection through non-sartorial means, such as the fashion show or the fashion image. But is there something distinct about the relationships fashion designers have recently formed with filmmakers? Who ‘owns’ the vision for fashion films? Is the filmmaker a creator or a mere conduit? What exactly are the processes that these collaborations follow? This panel will explore the different motivations and roles of both parties in these particular contexts, delving into questions of interpretation, authorship and creative control.


Claire Robertson is an artist and Pathway Leader of MA Fashion Communication & Promotion at Central Saint Martins. She has photographed the work of Alexander McQueen, Boudicca, Christopher Kane, Hussein Chalayan and Jean Paul Gaultier.  Her work has featured in a range of publications including i-D, The Sunday Telegraph and Dazed Digital.


Justin Anderson is a film director whose work has been shown internationally. After a career in advertising he began making short films and has since won several awards for his collaborative work in fashion with Giorgio Armani, Agent Provocateur, Roksanda Ilincic and Richard Nicoll. His work regularly features in Italian and French Vogue, Purple and i-D.

Zowie Broach is Head of Fashion at the Royal College of Art and co-founder of the fashion label BOUDICCA, together with her partner Brian Kirkby. BOUDICCA’s collections are known for their conceptual approach and meticulous execution. Their innovative presentations have often employed multiple media and new technologies. BOUDICCA have shown in art galleries and museums as well as at fashion weeks in London and New York; in 2007 and 2008 they showed as part of Paris Couture Week.

Quentin Jones is a London-based illustrator and animator. She regularly collaborates with the set designer Robert Storey, most recently exhibiting ‘The Fractured and the Feline’ together at London’s Vinyl Factory. She has previously made films for Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Kenzo, Victoria Beckham and Holly Fulton. She has made illustrations for brands including Marc by Marc Jacobs and Opening Ceremony.

Gideon Koppel is Professor of Film at Aberystwyth University and an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford. His 2009 feature sleep furiously, with soundtrack by Aphex Twin, won the Guardian First Feature Film Award. Koppel’s work in fashion includes directing the ‘Sex’ and ‘Rebellion’ episodes of Channel 4’s acclaimed series Un-Dressed: Fashion in the Twentieth Century and a film installation for Comme des Garçons.

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