Chapels (Bernhard Willhelm)

Belgium/France 2002. Dir Diane Pernet.

The processes of designing clothes (and oneself) through film are evoked in Diane Pernet’s experimental mini-documentary series Chapels, and most obviously in an episode about the Belgian fashion designer Bernhard Willhelm (2002). Pernet too has background in fashion design and thus a most sympathetic accomplice to Willhelm; her off-the-wall filmmaking mirrors his approach to fashion. Together they concoct a fable where the dressmaker’s studio collides with his kitchen and where copious amounts of cloth are cut, celebrated and finally made into food.