ACMI will host a series of fashion-centric screenings in early September to coincide with the Melbourne Fashion Festival.
From September 1 to 9, a trio of films will delve into key figures of the fashion industry. John Simons: A Modernist celebrates the influence of the UK “retail revolutionary”, who was responsible for the introduction of the “mod” to fashion parlance in the early ’60s. We Margiela charts the rise and fall of avant garde French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. And Madhattan follows Broome milliner Felicity “Flic” Brown as she makes inroads into the New York fashion scene.
On September 15 ACMI will host a preview screening of the upcoming Australian film Ladies in Black, a coming-of-age film set in the summer of 1959 at prestigious Sydney department store Goode’s. The film charts the coming of age of schoolgirl Lisa (Angourie Rice), who lands a job on the high-end fashion floor and “grows from a bookish schoolgirl to a glamorous and positive young woman, she herself becomes a catalyst for a cultural change in everyone’s lives”.
The following day, on September 16, Ladies in Black costume designer Wendy Cork will be the subject of a Q&A at ACMI. The celebrated costume designer will talk post-war fashion, how she dressed the stars of Ladies in Black, and her long career as a costume designer working on more than 40 film and television productions. Cork will appear alongside Nicole Jenkins, author and representative of RMIT’s School of Fashion & Textiles, who will discuss the cross-section of post-war Australian fashion with the growing women’s liberation movement.
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