Fashion & Cinema – Coco Chanel & film at Cine Lumiere

Fashion & Cinema: A series of events, on-stage conversations, seminars and screenings exploring the relationship between fashion and cinema.

Coco Chanel, always interested in the arts, often collaborated with the worlds of dance, theatre and film by designing costumes. In 1912 she started making hats for actress Gabrielle Dorziat, who was then playing in Bel Ami at the Théâtre du Vaudeville in Paris, and she kept designing costumes for plays, ballets and films of artists within her circle of friends, like Diaghilev, Jean Cocteau, Jean Renoir… This brought her to work alongside artists such as Picasso, Dalí, Stravinsky, Satie, Léonide Massine and Léon Bakst. At one point, in the early 30s, she even had a contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer, when Samuel Goldwyn, during The Depression, thought he could increase box-office revenue by promising Paris fashions in his films. Although the Hollywood experience wasn’t very fruitful, she continued to enjoy designing for films by her friends, like Renoir and Visconti, and established rewarding relationships with many actors (including Moreau, whom she dressed for the stage as well as both on and off-screen).

This month Cine Lumiere, (London SW7) screens an exciting season of films exploring the relationship between  fashion and cinema. Starting this Sunday  with Chanel and Film, fashion-loving cinephiles can see the rarely screened Hollywood classic Tonight or Never. Directed by Mervyn LeRoy and starring the iconic silver-screen starlet Gloria Swanson, dressed exclusively by Chanel for the film. Fans of Jeanne Moreau will also be treated to Louis Malle’s ground-breaking 1958 picture The Lovers (Les Amants), in which Moreau wears Chanel’s creations.

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~ by cinemalicious on May 15, 2012.

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