Our first Fashion in Film Festival was a huge success! The festival, open to the public, celebrated the launch of our new MA Fashion Studies program commencing in fall 2010.
This year’s festival spotlighted films in which New York City can be seen through fashion, films that captured and defined an attitude or an era, and films in which New York City style exists as an idea in relation to other cities and locales (i.e. Paris). For the inaugural festival, writers, critics, and fashion personalities in New York were invited to select one of their favorite New York City films and to come and introduce it, allowing us to see fashion, film, and NYC in new ways.
We loved seeing the history of New York played out through film and fashion! Below are the events that kicked off our festival:
*April 6 Annie Hall Dir. Woody Allen, 1977
Woody Allen’s classic tale of New York City romantic neuroticism, starring Diane Keaton in the era-defining title role.
Introduced by JUDITH THURMAN, staff writer at The New Yorker, and author of Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller (winner of the National Book Award), Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette, and, most recently, Cleopatra’s Nose: 39 Varieties of Desire.
*April 13 On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Dir. Vincente Minnelli, 1970
Barbra Streisand and Yves Montand star in Minnelli’s technicolor masterpiece, with costumes by Cecil Beaton and Arnold Scaasi.
Introduced by ARMOND WHITE, film critic for the New York Press, Chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle, and author of groundbreaking books on pop culture, including, mostly recently, Keep Moving: The Michael Jackson Chronicles.
*April 20 Sabrina Dir. Billy Wilder, 1954
Audrey Hepburn, Hubert de Givenchy, and Edith Head – a fashion in film trifecta – create magic in Billy Wilder’s bewitching comedy-romance.
Introduced by AMY FINE COLLINS, Special Correspondent for Vanity Fair covering art, cinema, design, fashion, and society, author of The God of Driving, and a fashion icon in her own right.
*April 27 Klute Dir. Alan J. Pakula, 1971
Jane Fonda stars as hardened call girl Bree Daniels in Pakula’s perfect film, which ushered in the golden age of 1970s paranoia thrillers – her performance is still astonishing.
Introduced by JOHN EPPERSON, the creator and performer of Lypsinka, and author of the acclaimed shows Lypsinka! The Boxed Set, John Epperson: Show Trash, The Passion of the Crawford, and, most recently, My Deah.
Series curated and organized by Jeffrey Lieber, Assistant Professor of Visual Culture Studies, Parsons The New School for Design.
Sponsored by the new MA Program in Fashion Studies. Please visit the MA Fashion Studies website for more information: www.newschool.edu/mafs