January 12th, 2016
Fashion in Film celebrates influential vision of director Marcel L’Herbier
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!