The San Francisco International Film Festival, founded in 1957, is the longest-running film festival in the Americas. From April 23rd to May 7th, 2015 the SFIFF program presents a unique opportunity for fashion aficionados to expand understanding of the convergence between the moving image and fashion.
Fashion is a dream factory, the empire of the ephemeral, the ‘magical’ system which produces icons and operates with symbols and messages that have certain meanings. The same can be said about the cinematic experience. The following three selections to be screened at the SFIFF demonstrate how cinema in its broadest sense has represented and interpreted fashion as a concept, an industry and a cultural form.
54: DIRECTOR’S CUT
The restoration of the original ‘54′ movie might not an obvious fashion choice, but there is an underlying ode to the exclusive 70s disco party scene, and of course with it comes all of its flamboyant fashion of the bygone era. The film which stars Ryan Phillippe, Mike Myers, Salma Hayek, and Neve Campbell has been dubbed a new cult gay classic, according to Variety magazine. The story follows a Jersey-boy who has been seduced by the allure of sex, drugs and disco and becomes entangled in a love triangle with two married co-workers. The reconstructed version, extracted from footage which was once labeled to be destroyed, could end up to be an unmasked fashion history’s favorite film.
Insider Alert: Actors Ryan Phillippe and Breckin Meyer expected to attend.
Aside from learning some shopping tactics from a wise old bird who has uncovered the art of haggling, with this documentary also comes the wisdom, wit and charm of the New York’s most eccentric fashion icon: Iris Apfel is a ninety-three year old successful interior designer, businesswoman, flamboyant dresser, and not to mention costume jewelry hoarder, who lets us step into her overflowing and vibrantly colorful closet. It’s an up close study of a fashion Queen. All Hail Iris!
This is the second biopic in the last year of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, and probably not the last. Starring Gaspard Ulliel, the highly anticipated film takes you back to late 1960s Paris, introducing you to Yves the person, his muses and showing Saint Laurent haute couture collection alongside a montage of the 1968 student protests and violence happening throughout the city. It is said to boast a glitzier cast than its rival film ‘Yves Saint Laurent’. See and be scene at the screening of this film in your best (re)incarnation of Saint Laurent’s Le Smoking look.
Insider Alert: Director Bertrand Bonello and actor Gaspard Ulliel expected to attend the screening.
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Faye Harris, Stephan Rabimov