An observant critic once claimed that “it’s always fashion week somewhere” – regardless if this is true, there’s certainly no reason to despair between fashion week seasons. Film has long been a cherished medium of fashion, capturing the social, aesthetic, and political histories that clothes possess, then and today. Copenhagen, who is famous for its other prestigous film festivals CPH:DOX, CPH:PICS, and the LGBTQ MIX Copenhagen, boasts as one of the only cities in the world a whole festival dedicated to fashion film, and today, on April 18th, they open for an exciting week of epic fashion through the moving image. This edition will focus on the urgent political themes of fashion such as sustainability, while digging into delicious forgotten histories of costume and dress from all over the world. Last year’s The First Monday in May gives viewers precious insight into the curatorial hardship going into New York’s Costume Institute at the Met (which annually hosts the most glamorous event of the year, the Met Ball, hosted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour) – while Bangalogia – A Science of Style brings us on a voyage from Africa to the USA to interrogate the eternal appeal of African style. Japanese director Jun Ichikawa’s highly undervalued 2004 feature Tony Takitani, based on Haruki Murikami’s short story, will get a due re-screening – but the biggest anticipation of this year is still Franca – Chaos and Creation, the emotional portrayal of the late Italian fashion editor Franca Sozzani by her son, Francesco Carrozzini. With lots of events, parties, and even an award-show, there’s more than enough to dig into at Copenhagen Fashion Film this weekend – so take a look, and pick your favorites.
For more information, go to Copenhagen Fashion Film