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Visionary Form: Dressing Up for the Screen at Metrograph

Image: "L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot" directed by Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea

The most iconoclastic collaborations between great filmmakers and designers show how fashion and film can synthesize onscreen to rapturous results, adding dimensions of light, rhythm, performer personality, and the poetry of motion to the palette, texture, and geometry of costume. Every Sunday from January through March, with a special double feature during Fashion Week, Metrograph and M2M will be paying tribute to these high triumphs of style, drawing inspiration from actress-muses who transformed their wardrobe with their individual flair both onscreen and off, including Kim Novak, Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, and the inimitable Katharine Hepburn.

From femme fashion plate to tough tomboy—in a perfect pantsuit or a Valentino dress—Kate was possessed of a remarkably changeable, always recognizable, and at times downright revolutionary on-screen persona, matched by her radical, sui generis style. This series celebrates fashion-conscious superstars and auteurs, as well as an ensemble of creators ranging from Edith Head, Yves Saint Laurent, to Yohji Yamamoto, all of whom understood that the clothes make the character.


Directed by Jacques Demy
Cast: Anouk Aimée, Marc Michel, Jacques Harden
Year: 1961
Duration: 90 min

L'Enfer d'Henri-Georges Clouzot
Directed by Serge Bromberg and Ruxandra Medrea
Cast: Romy Schneider, Serge Reggiani, Catherine Allégret
Year: 1964/2009
Duration: 94 min
Screening with Puce Moment
directed by Kenneth Anger / 1949 / 6 min

Directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Cast: Brigitte Bardot, Michel Piccoli, Jack Palance, Fritz Lang
Year: 1963
Duration: 102 min

Mississippi Mermaid
Directed by François Truffaut
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Nelly Borgeaud
Year: 1969
Duration: 123 min
Screening with 4 Fois D
directed by Philippe Labro / 1964 / 12 min