With 2018 being the year of fashion films, we have made you a list of the must-watch, just in time for winter.
Screening at the NZ film Festival on 31stJuly
The documentary follows the rags-to-riches-life of British designer, Alexander McQueen, up until his unexpected death at age 40. This film reveals the fashion prodigy’s world and his deepest sources of inspiration.
This documentary dresses the portrait of the visionary Cecil Beaton. This engaging film depicts the life of the controversial but successful photographer and costume designer who took home two Academy Awards for his work on the iconic movies Gigi and My Fair Lady.
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Screening at the NZ film Festival on the 2ndAugust
A celebration of the “Queen of Punk” and one of the leading founders of the punk subculture in the UK, Vivienne Westwood. This documentary celebrates the designer’s achievements in the fashion industry and her cultural influence through interviews from her family and closest friends and highlights her eventful life and her relationship with Malcolm McLaren, former manager of the famous band Sex Pistols.
The Gospel According to Andre
This documentary about former Vogue editor and one of the most influential tastemakers, Andre Leon Talley, is an intimate and emotional portrait that focuses on his life, inspiration and career. The film follows the rise of this iconic figure of 20thcentury American culture in the fashion industry.
Yellow Is Forbidden
Screening at the NZ film festival on 26thJuly.
The film focuses on Chinese designer Guo Pei, and her preparation for her Spring 2017 show in Paris. The documentary takes us for a journey through the life of the brave and passionate woman, first recognised for her over-the-top yellow dress worn by Rihanna at the Met Gala in 2015, determined to be part of the savage world of Haute Couture.
Larger Than Life
The portraiture of the man behind most beauty trends including the skinny brow and the modern-day contouring, and undoubtedly the most influential makeup artist in the world. This documentary tells the story of Kevin Aucoin, the 90’s supermodels’ only makeup artist who worked with personalities such as Nicole Kidman, Naomi Campbell, Cher, Christy Turlington, Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista. Larger Than Life depicts his story in a way that has never been done before with the help of archives such as video and interviews.
The Times of Bill
A remarkable tribute to the legendary New York Times street photographer, Bill Cunningham, which follows the rise of his street-photography as well as the private life of this hardworking and humble man who made himself a name in the fashion industry. Featuring interviews and never before seen photographs by the man himself, this documentary shows Cunningham’s importance in the fashion industry.