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Fashion on Film: Movie Review, Dior and I

We all know who Dior is. The ostensible “I” in the film Dior and I is Raf Simons. We are introduced to Simons, as he takes over the House of Dior in Paris as creative director in 2012. He hails from Jil Sander, where he had created austere minimalist menswear for the commercial market since 2005. In his new role at Dior, Simons is presented as the opposite of its founder: Simons is ready-to-wear to Dior’s couture, minimalist to the master's baroque style, modern to Dior's reactionary sensibility. How will the new leader of the house bear the weight of the huge tradition of Dior, yet infuse the line with his own vision? Will he be able to pull it off...

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Fashion on Film: Movie Review: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

It’s easy for us to be “simply mad” about Diana Vreeland, because she was, in her own words, “simply mad about everything!” The inimitable spirit of the late fashion icon infuses every inch of the fashion documentary Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel.

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Fashion on Film: Movie Review, The September Issue

The twin pillars of Vogue magazine are Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour and Creative Director Grace Coddington. Their influence on fashion is no more apparent than in the magazine’s September Issue, traditionally the biggest, most highly anticipated issue of Vogue each year. The fashion documentary, The September Issue gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the 820-page issue in 2007 and how Wintour and Coddington, along with an army of staff, a seemingly endless budget and offices bursting at the seams with clothes, shoes, accessories and makeup, shepherd the formidable issue from conception to publication each year.

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Fashion on Film: Movie Review, World’s Greatest Festivals: The Ultimate Guide to New York Fashion Week

The title World’s Greatest Festivals: The Ultimate Guide to New York Fashion Week is an overblown summary of what this fashion documentary is trying to be. It’s premise is two-fold: bring a slice of New York Fashion Week to the hoi polloi who couldn’t possibly get into the tents, and show that the celebrity-filled, party-going, paparazzi-posing scene surrounding fashion week is as crazy and rarified as one would expect.

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Fashion on Film: Movie Review, Dressed

Nary Manivong is a self-taught fashion designer trying to make it on a wing and a prayer to New York Fashion Week in the fashion documentary, Dressed. He has surmounted significant obstacles as a child, creating his first fashion collection as a teenager in his hometown, despite having been abandoned by his family at 14 and becoming homeless. Now, he finds himself faced with possibly an even bigger challenge: can he succeed in the cutthroat NYC fashion business where a designer is either “one order away from bankruptcy or mega-stardom”?  It’s a compelling premise for a film and Manivong is a worthy subject. You want to lean into the designer’s soft voice, and figure out whether it’s Zen or melancholy...

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