Following the success of The September Issue and Valentino: The Last Emperor, here are three new fashion documentaries to watch this summer.
For avant-gardists: This Is My Dream
The notoriously publicity-shy Yohji Yamamoto is getting a lot of attention this year, also due to the ten-year anniversary of his Y-3 line for adidas. In addition to his retrospective at London's Victoria & Albert Museum (running through July 10), he is also the subject of director Theo Stanley's new documentary This is my Dream that follows him from Tokyo to New York during the creation process of the Y-3 spring/summer 2010 collection. While certainly promoting the brand, the 30-minute film gives rare insight into the Japanese designer's thoughts, such as: "I was born in Tokyo, after bombs. So maybe this is my root, a ruined Tokyo. This dark side of the life is attractive for me, forever, from the beginning."
Watch the trailer at http://www.thisismydreamthefilm.com.
For street style fans: Bill Cunningham: New York
Long before Scott Schuman, The Facehunter, and Garance Doré, there was now-80-year-old New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, who gets the credit he deserves in this new documentary by Richard Press. Starting with US Vogue editrix Anna Wintour saying that "we all get dressed for Bill," the film chronicles Cunningham's work for 'On the Street' and 'Evening Hours' in the NYT's Style section and tries to capture his personal life and inspiration process, too.
Watch the trailer and find screening times at http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/billcunninghamnewyork.
For romantics: L'Amour Fou
"Fashion fades, love is eternal:" this credo is the theme of the documentary on one of fashion's greatest love stories between French designer Yves Saint Laurent and his business partner Pierre Bergé. Launched to great success in France last year, the movie has finally made it abroad, opening in several American cities this month.
Find out more at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1606382.
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