The other day, in the studio, I was talking to another stylist about the film Gia, starring Angelina Jolie. The film depicts the super models life and sad dimise.
As I was looking for the dvd to lend my friend, I realised how many films and documentaries relating to fashion that I had. I suppose for anybody interested in design and the making of it, these are fascinating insights into a life that, most of us, know little about. The designers themselves are often as complex and colourful as their creations and watching these films you realise the enormous pressure they are constantly under to keep producing amazing collections.
I’ve shown here,some of my dvd’s and some I am still waiting to buy and watch, but my favourite has to be Beyond Biba , which recounts the life of Barbara Hulanicki and her husband, Stephen Fitz-Simon, who launched Biba and brought fast ,accessible fashion to swinging London, when before young people were expected to dress like their parents. Although Biba and Fitz are no longer with us, Barbara still continues to design and has expanded her talents into interior design, becoming instrumental in resurrecting the Art Deco hotels in Miami in the early 1980’s.