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HOUSE OF Z (2017): The Thing I liked…

House Of Z (2017), Zac Posen
House Of Z (2017), Zac Posen

House Of Z, the Sandy Chronopoulos directed documentary about the life and career of fashion designer Zac Posen is an interesting watch. Especially for those curious about the nature and challenges of working in the fashion industry as a designer.

Featuring video footage of a young Posen’s early life and interviews with his collaborators, family and friends, House Of Z does an adequate job of painting a clear picture that shows us more than just the creations that speak of Posen’s undeniable talent. We learn about just how instrumental the support of his family was in his early success. We also learn about what went wrong, Posen’s eventual fall from grace followed by an update of what the designer is doing now.

If you’ve seen one or more fashion films or documentaries, you can probably guess that the classic battle between art and commerce is covered in this film. The general rule being that bad things happen when that relationship isn’t managed well.

House of Z is not a perfect documentary – in part because some of the editing early on in the film felt quite awkward. But should you be curious enough, watch it for Posen’s artistry – the magnificent dresses and the cautionary tale about the relationship between art plus commerce and finding success at a young age.

The part of House Of Z that I enjoyed most is of course when I got to look at Posen’s truly breathtaking early designs, just as the fashion world was beginning to pay attention. I also liked the beautiful words of Joseph Campbell at the end about ‘following your bliss’.

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DRIES (2017): New Trailer For Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten Documentary…

Dries (2017), Dries Van NotenInsight into the life, mind and creative heart of Master Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten is what new documentary Dries is all about. Written and directed by Rainer Holzemer, in Dries we get to witness the creation of four beautiful collections by a man who has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalisation…

I’m one of those people for whom the latest fashion is more art that I appreciate looking at than something I make particular effort to seek out to adorn myself with. I want to watch Dries for the art and also because very creative people are eternally intriguing, to me.

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