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.

Museum of the Moving Image, New York Saturday 17 Mar 2007, 2:00 p.m.