Fashion in Film celebrates influential vision of director Marcel L’Herbier

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L'Argent. Dir: Marcel L'Herbier. Fashion in Film 2013.

L’Argent. Dir: Marcel L’Herbier. Fashion in Film 2013.

This week sees not just one, but three must-do events for anyone seeking a fashion-meets-film-meets technology thrill. But, as it arrives first, we should start with the fourth incarnation of Fashion in Film, a thoughtful nine-day film festival affair founded by Central Saint Martins’ Marketa Uhlirova, which kicks off on May 10 and offers a unique insight into the work of unique French film director Marcel L’Herbier and his influence on both avant-garde and mainstream cinema.

As we’ve come to expect from the Fashion in Film posse, the Marcel L’Herbier: Fabricating Dreams line-up takes in silent movies accompanied by live soundtracks, a free symposium at Central Saint Martins organised by Caroline Evans (we’ll be there!) and generally a great chance to see beautiful films rarely showcased, at colourful, talking-point events held in venues including BFI Southbank, the Barbican, The Horse Hospital, Ciné Lumière and the all-new Central Saint Martins.

All events showcase L’Herbier’s experimentation with the intersections of art, fashion and contemporary design, which was fundamental to his work throughout his career, and his under-hyped influence on his contemporaries and future cinematic greats. We love that he was so sartorially-savvy: according to the costume designer Jacques Manuel, ‘costume for L’Herbier was so often a way of  ‘feeding’ the ‘mechanical eye’ with evocative surfaces and textures, a way of testing the formal elements of cinema itself such as movement, rhythm, light and shadow.’ Beautiful. Don’t miss!

For more information on events and booking tickets, go to the Fashion in Film website >

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