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A Butterfly's Changes
(Métamorphoses du papillon)
Directed by: Gaston Velle, Pathé Frères
Programme: 2011 | Fashion Film / Early Film,2010 | Birds of Paradise
A catepillar transforms into a butterfly woman whose fluttering wings change colour.
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A Man With White Gloves
(L’homme aux gants blancs)
Directed by: Albert Capellani
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A Question of Silence
(De Stilte rond Christine M.)
Directed by: Marleen Gorris
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Bags, shoes, hangers and clothes rails are transformed from innocuous accessories and boutique equipment into deadly [...]
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A Week in Film no. 12
(Týden ve filmu)
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Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2006 | The 1st Fashion in Film Festival Prague,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
A commercial adversiting stockings shows women models/presenters pointing out to the camera the delicate [...]
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Directed by: John Maybury
Programme: 2006 | Death of Taste Symposium
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Directed by: British Pathe Gazette
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Newsreel of the results of a poll to see whether Walthamstow citizens want their cinemas to be open on a Sunday.
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Amor Pedestre
(Love on Foot)
Directed by: Marcel Fabre
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
Amor Pedestre (1914) was part of a series of comic films directed by and starring Marcel Fabre as the protagonist, Robinet.
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Directed by: William Heise, Edison Manufacturing Company
Programme: 2011 | Fashion Film / Early Film,2010 | Birds of Paradise
Star of many early films produced by he Edison Manufacturing Company Annabelle Whitford Moore performs a lively dance [...]
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Directed by: John Rawlins
Programme: 2012 | Birds of Paradise UK Tour,2012 | Birds of Paradise UK Tour
Known as the ‘Queen of Technicolor’, Maria Montez stars in this resplendent 1940s reworking of the exotic desert adventure tale [...]
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Asphalt
(Der Polizeiwachtmeister und die Diamantenelse)
Directed by: Joe May
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
A pre-talkie release, Asphalt is a stunning gem of expressionist cinema, and a prime example of German “Strassenfilm”.
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Blood and Black Lace
(Sei donne per l'assassino)
Directed by: Mario Bava
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Camp as its title may sound, this creation from the Italian horror maverick Mario Bava is considered a quintessential giallo [...]
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Directed by: Luchino Visconti
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
Il Lavoro (also known as The Job) is one of Luchino Visconti's least discussed films, released as an episode in Boccaccio '70 [...]
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Directed by: Brice Dellsperger
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
The French artist Brice Dellsperger’s Body Double (X) (2000) is a brilliant 21st century reconstruction of the torrid 1974 film [...]
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Ceiling
(Strop)
Directed by: Vera Chytilová
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2006 | The 1st Fashion in Film Festival Prague,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI
Chytilová’s Ceiling makes powerful comment on 1960s fashion and cinematography.
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Directed by: Diane Pernet
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2006 | The 1st Fashion in Film Festival Prague,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
The processes of designing clothes (and oneself) through film are evoked in Diane Pernet's experimental mini-documentary [...]
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Directed by: Micha X. Peled
Programme: 2007 | Sweatshops in Focus
Clandestinely shot, China Blue (dir. Micha X. Peled, 2005) follows the 17-year-old factory worker Jasmine and her friends [...]
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Directed by: Bruce Weber
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI
Chop Suey (2001) takes us on an intense personal odyssey - an obsessive journey, seen through the eyes of one of the world's [...]
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Chronicle of a Love
(aka Story of a Love Affair/ Cronaca di un amore)
Directed by: Michelangelo Antonioni
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
One of Martin Scorsese’s all-time favourites, Antonioni’s first feature film is a mature work packed with characteristic sensuality [...]
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Directed by: Ron Rice
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Before his untimely death in Mexico in 1964, Ron Rice was among the most charismatic figures of the New York underground.
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Directed by: RAF/Analysis Films
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
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Directed by: War Pictorial News
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
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Cobra Woman
With Maria Montez, John Hall, Sabu. Costumes Vera West, sets Russel A. Gausman, Ira Webb. c.117 min
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Programme: 2011 | Birds of Paradise, New York
A star of Universal’s Technicolor escape films in the 1940s, the Dominican-born siren Maria Montez became the centrepiece of [...]
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Directed by: Nick Knight
Programme: 2011 | The Enigma of the Fashion Object
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Directed by: Gaston Velle, Frères Lumière
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A variation on the serpentine dance which evokes the opening of a fan.
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Directed by: Alice Guy-Blaché, Gaumont
Programme: 2011 | Fashion Film / Early Film,2010 | Birds of Paradise
A Loie Fuller imitator performs in a butterly-painted costume in this beautifully coloured film.
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Directed by: Unknown, Frères Lumière
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
A richly coloured serpentine dance noted at the time of release in Italy for its beauty and innovation.
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Directed by: Pathé News
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
Short instructional film acts as manuals woman and her daughter whose respective missions are securing food and [...]
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Directed by: Frank Borzage
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Dietrich’s foxy siren Madeleine makes for a supremely aristocratic crook in this Hollywood story set in France and Spain.
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Directed by: Louis Buñuel
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
Buñuel's story finds its origin in the novel of Octave Mirbeau. The plot follows the young Celestine who goes to work [...]
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Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
Made in 1975, before her famous Film Stills series, Cindy Sherman’s kooky animation Doll Clothes anticipates the artist’s major theme of self-fashioning.
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Directed by: Nicolas Roeg
Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
A red-hooded coat – that fairy-tale trope of the Little Red Riding Hood – gains an ominous significance in Nicolas Roeg’s masterful ‘nothing-is-as-it-seems’ thriller.
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The girl’s red coat and its colour (red being the colour of blood) become the principal indicators of mental time travel, which takes on the form of traumatic flashbacks and sinister premonitions.
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Directed by: Noll Brinckman
Programme: 2007 | Happy in Arnhem
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Directed by: Christine Noll Brinckmann
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"Karola Grammann's way of dealing with clothes and jewelry, her specific talent of using whatever she wears or touches as a means of self-expression, informs the images of both works. But although DRESS REHEARSAL and KAROLA 2 were edited out of the same material, even using identical footage now and then, they differ considerably in structure and pace."
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Directed by: James. M. Anderson
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
An excerpt from this post-war film featuring a demonstration of the kinetoscope (the inspiration behind the kinoscope) designed [...]
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Directed by: Anonymous (From the archive of EYE Film Institute Netherlands)
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This short erotic fragment shows a topless female dancer in a combination of close-ups, as she performs [...]
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Directed by: Pathé News
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
Short instructional film acts as manuals woman and her daughter whose respective missions are securing food and [...]
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Fashion for Shelter
(Mode pour abris)
Directed by: Pathé Gaumont Archives
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
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Fashion Inspired by the War
(La mode inspirée de la guerre)
Directed by: Pathé Gaumont Archives
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
This film with other Pathe's films demonstrates how fashion also became a tool which could feminise war [...]
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Directed by: William Dieterle
Programme: 2011 | Birds of Paradise, New York
Fashion of 1934 is one of a long line of films from the 1030s and 1940s that exploited the success of New York's super-revues [...]
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Directed by: Vicente Aranda
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Aranda’s futuristic thriller Fata Morgana (1965) is an intriguing exploration of violence committed against beautiful women.
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Directed by: Howard Hawks
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI
In this joyful satire, Hawks light-heartedly suggests that fashion is the Satan ultimately responsible for the fall of (wo)mankind.
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Directed by: Jack Smith
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Once deemed obscene by the state of New York, Smith’s revolutionary Flaming Creatures is an elusive masterpiece which [...]
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Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
A faceless dummy of a serial killer haunts a police department in this atmospheric noir thriller directed by Richard Fleischer.
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Directed by: A.E. Weed, A.E. Weed for American Mutoscope and Biograph
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
Four beautiful Pairs (1904) was produced by the American Mutoscope and Biograph Co., later just the Biograph Company [...]
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Directed by: Pathé News
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
Pathé's film Germ Masks for the Crowds (1941) demonstrates how fashion also became a tool which could feminise war [...]
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Directed by: Mike Hodges
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill,2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Bleak, violent and stylish. The iconic criminal look exhibited in Get Carter is burnt into the eyes of many.
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Ghosts Before Breakfast
(Vormittagsspuk)
Directed by: Hans Richter
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem,2006 | The Fashion Object in Film
Hans Richter's Ghosts Before Breakfast (Vormittagsspuck, 1928) challenges the realism of filmic image with abstract [...]
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Going to Bed Under Difficulties
(Le Déshabillage impossible)
Directed by: Georges Méliès
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2006 | The 1st Fashion in Film Festival Prague,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
Grotesque situations based entirely around clothes' rebellion and subversion were championed in this Georges Melies' eccentric [...]
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Golden Butterfly
(Der Goldene Schmetterling)
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Programme: 2012 | Birds of Paradise UK Tour,2011 | Birds of Paradise, New York
As in Red Heels, a tragic note is ever-present in Golden Butterfly. The dancer is a creature of the night, a moth driven to the [...]
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Directed by: Albert Maysles
Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
Maysles brothers’ film is a generous, rambling portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship of the former socialites and beauties ‘Big Edie’ and Little Edie’ Bouvier Beale, Jackie Kennedy’s aunt and cousin.
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Directed by: Charles Atlas
Programme: 2006 | Death of Taste Symposium
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Directed by: Warwork news
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
Short instructional film acts as manuals woman and her daughter whose respective missions are securing food and [...]
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Directed by: Jean-François Carly/ SHOWstudio
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
Images of split selves are exposed in Jean-François Carly's video I Feel (2005). Two frames are juxtaposed; the one on the [...]
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Ikarie XB.1
Czechoslovakia
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In a Hurry to Catch a Train
(Monsieur et madame sont presees)
Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca, Pathé Frères
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
In Ferdinand Zecca's In a Hurry to Catch a Train, a direct variation on Méliès' earlier How He Missed His Train (1901), a man and [...]
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Directed by: Kenneth Anger
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Anger's Inauguration is a hedonistic costume extravaganza through and through. The idea for the film was born at [...]
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Directed by: Michelle Handelman
Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
The female jewel thief clad in a black body suit, Irma Vep (whose name is an anagram for Vampire), debuted in Louis Feuillade’s 1915 silent film serial Les Vampires, played by the legendary performer Musidora.
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It’s Like Being
(C’est comme etre)
Directed by: Marie France and Patricia Martin
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
This hypnotic video has two parts. The first has two women preparing themselves in a mirrored parlour, where they rub [...]
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Kinetic Art and Paco Rabanne
(L’Art Cinétique et Paco Rabanne)
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Directed by: Cat Mazza
Programme: 2007 | Sweatshops in Focus
Knitoscope Testimonies is a computer-animated programme that translates the artist’s hand-knitted panels into moving images.
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La Création de la serpentine
(La Creación de la Serpentina)
Directed by: Segundo de Chomón
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
A magician’s experiment transforms a piece of cloth into a woman who emerges from flames to perform a ‘serpentine dance’.
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Directed by: Léonce Perret
Programme: 2012 | Birds of Paradise UK Tour,2012 | Birds of Paradise UK Tour
La Danseuse Orchidée represents an emerging genre of film that asserted the cultural internationalism of the new post-war [...]
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Directed by: Germaine Dulac
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
La Princesse Mandane is a rarely screened commercial feature by an outspoken feminist director who is better known for her [...]
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Directed by: Joë Francis
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Beautifully restored in 2005 by Lobster Films with the Danish Film Institute, La Revue des Revues is a formidably audacious [...]
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Lady with a Hat
(En Dame med hatt)
Directed by: Elsa Kvamme
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2009 | A Lady with a Hat
The film is a staggering journey through the life and career of the Jewish hat maker May Aubert, with a special focus on [...]
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L'Argent
Money
Directed by: Marcel L'Herbier
Programme: 2013 | Marcel L’Herbier: Fabricating Dreams
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This masterpiece of 1960s art cinema sets its mediation on time, memory and longing within the most fashionable of locations – the Marienbad spa and its endless corridors and manicured gardens (the film was in fact shot in and around the Bavarian palaces of Nymphenburg, Schleissheim and Amalienburg). Perhaps no film has so profoundly challenged the viewer with a truly ambiguous approach to time, where truth mingles with lie, and chronology blurs with fantasy.
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Le Parfum de la dame en noir
Scent of the Woman in Black
Directed by: Marcel L'Herbier
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Le Vertige
The Living Image
Directed by: Marcel L'Herbier
Programme: 2013 | Marcel L’Herbier: Fabricating Dreams
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Directed by: John M. Stahl
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Throughout John M. Stahl’s 1945 noirish melodrama, Gene Tierney’s character Ellen Berent Harland presents a mask of [...]
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L'Epervier
The Sparrowhawk
Directed by: Marcel L'Herbier
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Les Papillons japonais
(Mariposas japonesas)
Directed by: Segundo de Chomón, Pathé Frères
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
A trick film in which a magician's botanical drawings come to life.
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Directed by: unknown
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
A cinematic tour of Lewisham featuring such landmarks as the Clock Tower, Ladywell Park and the Erstwhile.
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L'Inhumaine
The Inhuman Woman
Directed by: Marcel L'Herbier
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L'Herbier's collaborative film features contributions from leading practitioners in architecture, art, design, fashion and music, including Fernand Leger, Paul Poiret and Robert Mallet-Stevens.
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Directed by: Slava Tsukerman
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
The cult feature film Liquid Sky (1982) falls into the science fiction genre, so it is immediately labelled as make-believe.
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Directed by: Attributed to Lucien Nonguet, Pathé Frères
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Once mistakenly believed to feature Loie Fuller herself, this film is nevertheless an enchanting homage to the pioneer of [...]
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Directed by: Max Ophüls
Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
The last film by international director Max Ophüls presents the life of nineteenth-century scandalous courtesan Lola Montes as it might have been presented by a circus manager like P.T. Barnum.
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Directed by: José Rodríguez-Soltero
Programme: 2011 | Secrets of the Orient,2011 | Secrets of the Orient
A visually stunning celebration of the life and death of Mexican Hollywood star Lupe Velez, Rodríguez-Soltero’s film is [...]
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Making Fashion
Originally shot under the title Design for Spring
Directed by: Humphrey Jennings
Programme: 2012 | British Elegance in True Colours
Jennings’s Making Fashion documents the preparation of Norman Hartnell’s Spring/Summer 1938 collection, interspersing [...]
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Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise,2011 | Birds of Paradise, New York
DeMille typically inserted into his modern-day narratives exotic episodes, so-called ‘visions’, that provided seductive fantasy [...]
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Mannequin in Red
(Mannekäng i rött)
Directed by: Arne Mattsson
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
A private detective doubling up as a fashion mannequin, a head designer with lesbian inclinations and a mean, wheelchair-based [...]
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Directed by: Steven Arnold
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"A journey of the psyche into the world of the unconscious. Made when Weise and Arnold were students at the San Francisco Art [...]
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Metempsychosis
(Métempsycose)
Directed by: Segundo de Chomón
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
The special effects pioneer Segundo de Chomón reinterprets for the camera a famous stage illusion that featured [...]
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Directed by: Frederick Wiseman
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI
Frederick Wiseman's Model (1980) takes a close look at fashion through the documentary mode.
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Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise,2012 | Birds of Paradise UK Tour
Amidst the illuminations of the cafés, theatres and streets of Paris - shot on location and on lavishly constructed sets at [...]
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Directed by: Abel Ferrara
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Ms.45 , (1981) directed by Abel Ferrara is a violent retribution drama in which a shy seamstress is brutally raped twice in the same [...]
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Directed by: Chao-ti Ho
Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
In My Fancy High Heels contemporary Taiwanese filmmaker Chao-ti Ho creates an experimental documentary that traces the currents of the fashion industry across borders, moving from entrepreneurs to industrial and farm labourers to consumers and even into the heart of nature.
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Nick Winter and the Case of the Famous Hotel
(Nick Winter et l'affaire du Célébric Hôtel )
Directed by: Gérard Bourgeois
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Directed by: Amie Williams
Programme: 2007 | Sweatshops in Focus
No Sweat takes us to Los Angeles, the largest and most dynamic area of garment production in North America.
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Directed by: Jack Smith
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After completing Flaming Creatures, Smith shot the more ambitious Normal Love in dazzling colour, with elaborate sets [...]
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Directed by: Cindy Sherman
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
In her first feature film direction to date, American artist Cindy Sherman concocts a peculiarly funny caricature of psycho-thriller [...]
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Directed by: Farah Kahn
Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
Om Shanti Om tells a story of revenge and reincarnation, in which Om and Shanti must find each other by decoding clues left behind by their onscreen doubles. A romantic costume drama, ludic period film, art deco fantasy, and film-wityhin-a-film, Om Shanti Om offers bold and spectacular reflections on nostalgia, stardom, and cinephilia in Bombay cinema.
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21 March. Curzon SOHO Cassavetes’ Opening Night is one of cinema’s finest portrayals of ageing, while also being a superb exploration of acting. It has recently enjoyed renewed interest following the 2014 release of Alejandro Iñárritu’s Birdman, with which it has notable parallels.
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Directed by: Jennie Livingston
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
Based in the underworld, Paris is Burning (1982) director Jennie Livingstone documents an infamous ensemble [...]
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Directed by: Jen Wu
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
In her short video piece Photo Shooting (2001), the artist Jen Wu assumes the role of a model and poses for a photographer [...]
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Directed by: James Bidgood
Programme: 2012 | Birds of Paradise UK Tour,2011 | Birds of Paradise, New York
With experience in still photography and stage costume design, but no training in film whatsoever, Bidgood shot Pink Narcissus [...]
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Programme: 2017 | Wearing Time: Past, Present, Future, Dream
In his last film, Seijun Suzuki presents an unhinged fantasy in which elaborate costumes mark different levels of reality. Sachiko Itô’s dazzling costumes share the same radical mix of traditional, pop and outright surreal influences evident in the film’s plot, choreography, lighting and set design, all bathed in Suzuki’s unique spectrum of colour. They open a realm of mythology, between human and animal – a space of spectacle and confusion between two-dimensional ink painting, three-dimensional theatre and a fourth dimension of metamorphosis.
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Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI
Puce Moment is a fragment filmed in 1949 and later edited by Anger himself into a stand-alone piece.
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Purple Noon
(Plein Soleil)
Directed by: René Clément
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill,2008 | The 2nd Fashion in Film Festival in Bristol
This iconic French thriller, which was remade in the late Anthony Minghella’s The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), is a portrayal of a [...]
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Directed by: Nino Oxilia
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A prime example of the diva genre, Rapsodia Satanica is a masterpiece of silent Italian cinema.
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Directed by: Ministry of Information
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Programme: 2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI
Lisa Fremont, Grace Kelly's fascinating and high-powered character in Hitchcock's classic study of voyeurism, murder, and [...]
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Red Heels
(Das Speilzeug von Paris/ La Poupée de Paris)
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
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Red Heels was adapted from Margery Lawrence’s novel of the same title. Set in Parisian cabarets and revue theatres, the film [...]
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Directed by: Joseph Cornell
Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
American artist Joseph Cornell created delicate, whimsical and sometimes disturbing box collages in which he juxtaposed every-day objects – toys, glasses, marbles, bits of wood – in dreamlike arrangements that evoke scenarios of desire and memory.
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Directed by: U.S. News Review
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
A short instructional film produced by the American US News Review Safety Styles, identifies the classic Hollywood film star [...]
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Directed by: Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz
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Salomania reconstructs the ‘dance of the seven veils’ from Alla Nazimova’s 1923 silent film Salomé and features sections [...]
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Directed by: Charles Bryant
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise,2011 | Birds of Paradise, New York
The cult status that Salomé enjoys today owes much to the outlandish, highly stylised sets and costumes à la Aubrey Beardsley.
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Directed by: Jason Last and Jaime Rubiano
Programme: 2011 | The Enigma of the Fashion Object
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Secrets of the East
(Geheimnisse des Orients/ Shéhérazade)
Directed by: Alexandre Volkoff
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise,2011 | Birds of Paradise, New York
A big-budget Franco-German co-production, Volkoff’s “Luxusfilm” of the yearis an exquisite fantasy of an escape into the ‘Orient’ [...]
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Directed by: Shelley Fox in collaboration with SHOWstudio
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
A short film produced in collaboration with the London-based fashion and art broadcasting company SHOWstudio [...]
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Solaris
Soviet Union
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Directed by: Anna-Nicole Ziesche
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
With background in fashion design, Ziesche uses a film to animate the "empty shells" of clothes in order to arrive at new [...]
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Directed by: Pathé News
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
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Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler’s ironic play about the affairs of a love-obsessed bachelor in fin-de-siècle Vienna [...]
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
(L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo)
Directed by: Dario Argento
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill,2008 | The 2nd Fashion in Film Festival in Bristol
With his sharp directorial debut The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, the ex-film critic Dario Argento paid homage to director [...]
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Directed by: unknown
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Excerpt from a film recording the opening of the broadway cinema in Stratford, East London, showing the legions of eager [...]
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Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
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The Boys readily illustrates the widespread discrimination directed at post-war youth by a conservative Britain.
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The Brahmin and the Butterfly
(La Crystalide et le papillon d'or)
Directed by: Georges Méliès, Star Films
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Based on a 19th-century stage trick by Buatier de Kolta, a brahmin conjures a magnificent butterfly from a golden chrystals [...]
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The Butterflies
(Le Farfalle)
Directed by: unknown
Programme: 2011 | Fashion Film / Early Film,2010 | Birds of Paradise
Geishas dance and play with a butterfly woman whom they have imprisoned within a cage.
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Directed by: J.H. Martin, Paul's Animatograph Works
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
A woman falls asleep at the fireside and dreams that she is dancing in diaphanous veils under the sea and in other far-off places.
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Directed by: Frederick Wilson in collaboration with Carl Koch
Programme: 2012 | British Elegance in True Colours
Wilson’s Technicolor film The Dancing Fleece, sponsored by National Wool Textile Export Corporation, is a remarkably [...]
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Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
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The devil is a Woman makes masquerade its very leitmotif - from Marlene Dietrich's inexorably made-up face to the near-grotesque [...]
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Directed by: Vilsbøl de Arce, Kasper Astrup Schröder, Louise Boserup, Louise Midjord and Caroline Bentzen
Programme: 2011 | The Enigma of the Fashion Object
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The Extinct World of Gloves
(Zaniklý svět rukavic)
Directed by: Jiří Bárta
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2006 | The 1st Fashion in Film Festival Prague,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
The gloves in Jiří Bárta's 1982 animation become metaphors for people. In the film's six episodes told through "found" film [...]
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Directed by: Edwin S. Porter
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
Porter's fictional short The Gay Shoe Clerk is a story about a shoe clerk who gets attracted to a young lady while assisting her [...]
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The Gentleman Thief
(aka Max Leads Them a Novel Chase ; Le voleur mondain)
Directed by: Louis Gasnier
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The Island of Love
(l'Île d'amour)
Directed by: Jean Durand, Berthe Dagmar
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Xenia, the altruistic niece of an American millionaire, and Bicchi, a dashing country boy who is also the film’s proper pin-up.
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The Kidnapping of Fux Banker
(Únos bankére Fuxe)
Directed by: Karl Anton
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Made during the time of Czech cinema’s deepening crisis, the country’s film industry had big expectations from this [...]
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Directed by: Steven Arnold
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The artist, photographer and filmmaker Steven Arnold was a muse and model of Salvador Dalí, who always referred to [...]
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
The Lodger was Hitchcock’s first critical and commercial success, and inspired several subsequent remakes.
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Directed by: Segundo de Chomón, Pathé Frères
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
A conjurer summons a butterfly woman from her cacoon.
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Directed by: Erich von Stroheim
Programme: 2011 | Birds of Paradise, New York
With her career extinguished by the arrival of sound, Mae Murray’s sensuous charms remain linked with the silent era.
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The Most Wonderful Fans of the World
(De mooiste waaiers ter wereld)
Directed by: unknown
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This is a luxuriously stenciled short film shot in France and distributed in the Netherlands in 1927. Like the better-known [...]
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Directed by: British Paramount News
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Excerpt from a news item reporting on the opening of The Odeon in Muswell Hill in 1936 featuring the arrival of stars at [...]
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Directed by: Gaumont British News
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
An excerpt from this ebullient cinematic tour of the opening of the state cinema on Kilburn High Road.
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The Pearl Fisher
(Le pêcheur de perles)
Directed by: Ferdinand Zecca, Pathé Frères, Ferdinand Zecca
Programme: 2011 | Fashion Film / Early Film,2010 | Birds of Paradise
A diver encounters strange and marvellous creatures in an underwater kingdom.
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The Pearl
(La Perle)
Directed by: Henri d’Ursel
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The Pillar of Fire
(La Danse du feu)
Directed by: Georges Méliès, Star Films
Programme: 2011 | Fashion Film / Early Film,2010 | Birds of Paradise
Haggard’s novel ‘She’, a demon conjures a woman wearing a voluminous white dress who performs a dance à la Loïe Fuller.
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The Rajah's Casket
(L'Écrin du rajah)
Directed by: Gaston Velle, Pathé Frères
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
A trick film with an orientalist theme.
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Directed by: Graham Cutts
Programme: 2008 | The 2nd Fashion in Film Festival in Bristol,2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Ivor Novello plays Pierre Boucheron, “the Rat,” in this tale of the Paris underworld. A jewel thief who commands the allegiance of [...]
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Directed by: Albert Capellani
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
At once an epic story and an atmospheric Chinoiserie fantasy, The Red Lantern was an ambitious vehicle for its producer [...]
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The Red Shoes
(Bunhongsin)
Directed by: Kim Yong-gyun
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Korean director Kim Yong-gyun delivers a gripping and darkly haunting horror film in his 2005 adaptation of the 1948 [...]
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The Red Spectre
(Le Spectre rouge)
Directed by: Segundo de Chomón
Programme: 2011 | Fashion Film / Early Film,2010 | Birds of Paradise
In a dark cavern a devil-like magician performs a series of tricks putting to great use his spectacular cloak.
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Directed by: Odeon Cinemas
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Excerpt from a promotional film trumpeting the success of Odeon cinemas in Britain.
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The Tenth Victim
(La decima vittima)
Directed by: Elio Petri
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill,2008 | The 2nd Fashion in Film Festival in Bristol
In a distant 21st century where the world lusts for violence, an international organisation called “The Big Hunt” has legalised murder.
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Directed by: William Morgan
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Set in status-conscious mid-50s Los Angeles, and from a screenplay by the one and only Edward D. Wood, Jr. [...]
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Directed by: Charles W. Broun Jr. & Joel Holt
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
With The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield (1968) a documentary, we have a higly visible celebrity guide and host.
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Directed by: Pathé News
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
In British Pathé's Tin Hats for All (1941), fashion speaks about anti-bourgeois sentiments and national pride.
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Tit for Tat
(La Peine du talion)
Directed by: Gaston Velle, Pathé Frères
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
Gloriously winged insects seek revenge for the injustices brought about by the popular practice of lepidoptery: [...]
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Directed by: Jun Ichikawa
Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
Jun Ichikawa’s adaptation of a short story by Haruki Murakami is an exquisitely stylish and poignant meditation on emotional attachment and loss.
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Directed by: Topical Film Company
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
London cinema besieged by maidens competing for the honour of being chosen as the new british film star by [...]
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Directed by:
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2006 | The 1st Fashion in Film Festival Prague,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
A commercial advertising stockings shows women models/presenters pointing out to the camera the delicate [...]
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Directed by: David Byrne
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI
Director David Byrne of Talking heads fame, personally escorts us into the heart land of contemporary "Middle American" mall life [...]
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Directed by: Sylvie Fleury
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
Twinkle (1992) is a very simple film shot in one continuous take from a single fixed viewpoint. It features a woman trying on [...]
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Directed by: Douglas Keeve
Programme: 2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI
Directed by Douglas Keeve. Photographed by Ellen Kuras. "Think Eskimos!" screams the outrageous, extroverted fashion [...]
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Directed by: Walturdaw Company
Programme: 2010 | Birds of Paradise
The camera's eye lingers on the modernist spectacle of the machinery and industry behind film production in the 1920s.
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Directed by: Steven Arnold
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"Originally, it was to be a serious look at Westerners influenced by Eastern trends. As it developed, however it became [...]
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma
Many Hitchcock films focus on transgressive female characters, strong but troubled figures who are punished for their deviance.
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Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Programme: 2016 | Wearing Time: Returns, Recalls, Renewals
James Stewart stars as retired detective who attempts to re-fashion his lost love, as Kim Novak plays both the lover and her apparent double. The complexities of grasping the image of the beloved, the pain of loss, and the perils of recovering the past through control of costume have never been so stunningly visualized.
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Directed by: Paul Spencer
Programme: 2012 | British Elegance in True Colours
Directed by the photographer and filmmaker Paul Spencer in collaboration with Vivienne Westwood’s favourite model Sara [...]
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Directed by: Jean Pierre Khazem
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
In Jean-Pierre Khazem's video Volume (2000) the viewer is confronted with the image of a voluptuous woman positioned [...]
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Directed by: Thomas A. Edison
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2006 | The 1st Fashion in Film Festival Prague,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
Though next to nothing is known about the production of the film, it was clearly constructed with a sophisticated combination [...]
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Directed by: Dick Jewell
Programme: 2006 | Death of Taste Symposium,2012 | British Elegance in True Colours
Filmed over the course of a week using a mix of Kodak and Ektachrome Super-8 stock, Dick Jewell captures the outlandishly [...]
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Directed by: William Klein
Programme: 2006 | Between Stigma and Enigma,2006 | The 1st Fashion in Film Festival Prague,2007 | Fashion in Film Festival at MoMI,2007 | Happy in Arnhem
Who are You, Polly Maggoo?, the 1967 winner of the French Prix Jean Vigo, remains a quintessential film by one of the wittiest [...]
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Directed by: Joseph Tovares
Programme: 2008 | If Looks Could Kill
Tovares’s captivating documentary, part of the “American Experience” series on PBS, explores zoot suit culture through [...]
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