So we have three-hour power cuts here, luckily they tell you the timing in advance so you can be prepared. For the past week, to keep me company during the afternoon power cut, I have made sure my laptop was fully charged and that I had something to watch. And for some reason I have been watching fashion documentaries. Now, I have always liked fashion, flipping through Vogue, watching The Rachel Zoe project– it interests me. But, watching three documentaries in three days had me immersed in fashion. And surprisingly, I was not bored, I am actually inspired and I want more.
I started with this: The September Issue
This is a 2009 documentary that follows American Vogue putting together their September issue, this issue is always the biggest and fattest of the year. While it mainly concentrates on Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of the magazine and one of the most powerful people in fashion which becomes fairly evident while watching the documentary. We also meet various designers, photographers and Vogue employees throughout. Anna is cool and plays her cards close to her chest, but you do see her lighten up around her daughter. Grace Coddington on the other hand is brilliant, creative and an artist– the shoots she styles and visualises are masterpieces. But, at the end of the day Vogue is a business and Anna a businesswoman and in charge. Though it was fun to see the friction between the two.
The next documentary I watched was this:
Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel
The original editor-in-chief of Vogue, Diana Vreeland was A CHARACTER. Loud, creative, infectious, original and full of quotable quotes– watching her it was hard to separate reality from fiction. She lived through exciting times, she made Vogue what it is and she was passionate about work. She was never afraid to think big and let her imagination run riot. Diana was a force to reckon with and learning more about her was thoroughly inspiring.
The last, but not least, was this documenatary:
Valentino: The Last Emperor
While the first two concentrated on fashion publications and the editors, this one was about a designer. A one-of-a-kind genius who lives life king-sized, Valentino Garavani, is known for his romantic, feminine designs and the eponymous Valentino Red. Along with his partner Giancarlo Giammetti, they built a fashion power house. We see them going about their day-to-day activities, with Valentino being the artist that he is and Giancarlo handling everything else. They are also gearing up to celebrate 45 years of Valentino, while their company is slowly being bought over. It is an honest look at their business and lifestyle. But, what I could not get over were the dresses– ethereal, romantic and glamorous, each a piece of art that has been painstakingly designed and stitched. Never have I felt more firmly that creating elegant, timeless, well-stitched clothes is an art! Trends will come and go, but an haute couture piece designed by the likes of Valentino crosses time, space, countries and people and anybody would recognise the value, workmanship and skill that went into making it.