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Haute Couture

I went to see this film this evening. The university sends out little e-mail newsletters that have announcements about all kinds of things happening on and around campus, and this film got mention. I still haven't made it over to the Hall of Mammoths, or to the quilt museum, or to the on-campus ice cream shop, though. Mumble mumble something about work mumble mumble.

When I saw the brief article about "Dior and I" in the newsletter, I was overjoyed because AHA! This campus has its own movie house, and shows interesting films! The last time I lived in a city with good film options was in college days. All the good places in the Phoenix area closed down or went to hell in a handbasket. Even better, the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center is a short walk from my building. It really couldn't get any more convenient. So once I finished up the day's cricket dissections and closed and locked up the lab, I walked over to a little Middle Eastern restaurant for some felafel, then dawdled around campus, then watched the film.

It felt like such a relief to just sit and watch pretty things getting made. It was also educational. I hadn't known just what "haute couture" meant, other than "high fashion." Getting to see people at work in the atelier was phenomenal. Unsurprisingly, I love the aesthetic of hand-sewn everything. Incredible craftsmanship at all levels.

Some of the models looked like robots, but that has been an ongoing struggle in France, I know.


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Jun. 6th, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
I've been to the ice cream shop! And the tractor museum, for that matter. Can't miss that. Though I recommend finishing one's ice cream prior to entering the tractor museum, though, else your ice cream takes on a diesel flavor.

I have really no interest in haute couture but that film looks interesting.
Jun. 6th, 2015 03:35 am (UTC)
Duly noted, regarding the ice cream and tractors. :-D

I'm not anything of a fashionista. *laughs* Umm, yeah. I tend to be a pretty scrubby field biologist, especially given that my skin won't let me do makeup (and I don't want to bother anyway). Instead I find it interesting to approach fashion from more of an artistic perspective, and in that respect it was fascinating to get to see the process involved in getting together and releasing a collection on very short notice with a new team.
Jun. 6th, 2015 03:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've never had much interest in the artistic side of fashion either (scrubby theoretical biologist...) but the human side of it looked really interesting. Plus I like to try to understand French ;)
Jun. 6th, 2015 04:40 am (UTC)
I only knew about it by reading a book on whether Coco Chanel spied for and consorted with Nazis or not. (Yes.) I've never actually seen anything on the dressmaking techniques involved, though... that's kind of cool.
Jun. 6th, 2015 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, the dressmaking aspect was PHENOMENAL, though I wish it had received even more air time. The overall plot was focused around the new head designer, but that did include visits with the fabric makers and everyone in the atelier, and it quickly became clear that the women running the atelier ran most of the show because the fabrication process is so crucial to the end product.
Jun. 7th, 2015 12:02 am (UTC)
That movie sounds really cool.
Jun. 7th, 2015 03:47 am (UTC)
You know, I would recommend it. But it looks like showings are really limited:


While watching the trailer, I noted that it had gotten positive reviews at the Seattle International Film Festival, which is part of what caught my eye and made me decide to go see it all spur-of-the-moment-like.

But I imagine it will eventually get released to DVD. It really was incredibly well-done.
Jun. 7th, 2015 03:06 pm (UTC)
It's coming out on streaming video on June 30th. I'm going to get my fiber arts friends together- it sounds great
Jun. 7th, 2015 06:19 pm (UTC)
Awesome! Enjoy!

But seriously, the models...are so utterly unnatural-looking. It's interesting to me to think about how the Dior aesthetic is supposedly about emphasizing a woman's shape, but then all of the models are rail-thin and don't have much of anything in the way of curves. I hope France can continue to make strides in addressing the situation.
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