‘Tis the season for fashion industry documentaries. A bunch of docs hit the big screen this month, focusing on stylemakers, designers, editors and tastemakers. All are larger than life in their own way, even in death.
Mirroring the savage beauty, maverick originality of his work, “McQueen” is an intimate portrait of Alexander [Lee] McQueen’s personal and professional worlds. This working-class boy from East London harnessed his demons and became a global one-man fashion brand and one of the most iconic artists of the century. With a gothic approach, this “punk rebel” ushered in the revolutionary era of ‘Cool Britannia,’ turning upper-crust Paris haute couture on its head. He provoked and subverted, causing controversy and scandal. His brand lives on after his tragic suicide in 2010, and this documentary provides a look at the man who created the brand.
WESTWOOD: PUNK, ICON, ACTIVIST is the first feature length documentary to encompass the remarkable story of one of the true icons of our time. Dame Vivienne Westwood is Punk Rock’s Grande Dame. One time agent provocateur, the doyenne of British fashion, an eco-conscious Boudicca and one of the most influential originators in recent history. The film explores her uphill struggle to success, looking closely at her artistry, her activism and her cultural significance. Blending iconic archive and newly shot observational footage, this era defining, intimate origins story will be told in Vivienne’s own words, and through touching interviews with her inner circle of family, friends and collaborators.
ANDRE LEON TALLEY
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ANDRÉ chronicles the life and career of André Leon Talley, former Vogue magazine editor-at-large and one of the fashion industry’s and New York culture’s most influential icons. Beginning his career at Andy Warhol’s Factory in the 1970s, Talley made a lasting impact by pushing to include African-American models and designers in major publications like Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue. Today, his judgment is sought by top designers, stylists, and celebrity clientele. Featuring Anna Wintour, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik and other fashion luminaries testifying to André’s gifts, the film traces his journey with rich archival footage that summons multiple eras of stylish and outlandish clothing.