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So French, so Fashion!

Celebrating Paris Fall 2019 Fashion Week, So French, so Fashion! is a special series of films showcasing the multiple facets and history of French fashion. As part of this film series, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy is proud to present five films and documentaries :

100% Mode, an evening of fashion featuring two documentaries
Karl Lagerfeld Sketches His Life and The Balmain Style by Loïc Prigent
2011 & 2014 –
France – 52 min each
September 10 | 7:00 p.m.

Karl Lagerfeld Sketches His Life. Karl Lagerfeld, seated at his desk, with his drawing pad and markers in his hand, sketches his life and career, punctuating them with comments and intimate, lively narratives. Tinged with self-depreciation and sometimes even emotion, Karl Lagerfeld, with a stroke of marker, looks back over his childhood, his first steps as couturier in Paris at Balmain then Jean Patou, before becoming from 1965 the great mercenary of prêt-à-porter.

The Balmain Style. 1945 : in the aftermath of the war, Pierre Balmain creates his fashion house, between chic and extravagance. Today, 33-years old Olivier Rousteing reigns on the collections, with a leitmotiv, “dazzle”, for fervent followers including his muse Rihanna.

Coco Before Chanel by Anne Fontaine
2009 –
France – 111 min
September 24 | 7:00 p.m.

French fashion designer and businesswoman, Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel (1883-1971) is known for having liberated women from the constraints of the “corseted silhouette.” Not only a couture clothing creator, Chanel also designed jewelry, handbags, and fragrance. Her achievements and a lasting legacy have fueled the “Coco Chanel” myth that surrounds her ever-enduring memory both in fashion and popular culture.

In Anne Fontaine’s Coco Before Chanel, Audrey Tautou plays Coco, a self-taught and ambitious young girl, who will later become Coco Chanel, the symbol of success and freedom, and the embodiment of the modern woman. This Academy Award-nominated movie focuses on the early years of Gabrielle Bonheur, alias “Coco,” from the orphanage to the very first Chanel boutiques.

Paris Frills by Jacques Becker
1945 –
France – 111 min
October 8 | 7:00 p.m.

The dynamic Raymond Rouleau plays Phillippe Clarence, a Parisian designer at the top of his game who falls in love with the fiancée (Micheline Presle) of his best friend (Jean Chevrier). This seductive romance results in a riveting plot, moving all at once from farce to tragedy.

The British Film Institute hails Paris Frills (originally titled Falbalas) as “one of the finest films about fashion,” thanks to director Jacques Becker’s seductively energetic perspective on the world of haute couture.

Dior and I by Frédéric Tcheng
2014 –
France – 90 min
October 22 | 7:00 p.m.

“I have an idea but it’s very extreme.” In April 2012, Belgian fashion designer Raf Simons is announced as the new creative director at Christian Dior. He has eight weeks to create from scratch, a brand new Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2012 collection.

Bringing the viewer inside and behind the scenes of the Christian Dior fashion house, this riveting and intimate documentary shows the everyday, pressure-filled work of “minimalist” and couture-newcomer, Raf Simons, and the many small hands with great talent, constantly drawing and stitching surprising, yet fascinating pieces.