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July 25 2014

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paris fashion week: a shaded view on film

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Now that the first Paris screening of her fashion film festival has just closed, A Shaded View on Fashion’s Diane Pernet finally has time to sit down. The three-day program included intimate documentaries about Alexander McQueen (in his pre-Gucci Group days) and John Galliano by producer Madeleine Czigler and Tim Blanks (in his pre-Style.com days), which packed the house, as well as an hour-and-a-half-long presentation of international clips by known entities such as Nick Knight, Jeremy Scott, and Diane herself (her entry was a documentary on the reclusive master of corsetry, Mr. Pearl) and a couple of dozen lesser-knowns. An entry from the latter camp, Pattern Film by Anemone Skjoldager (pictured), swept the audience’s votes for the Prix du Public, while the international jury awarded sunglasses-shaped trophies for first place to Camille Vivier for Jenny Haniver, a series of six portraits of teenagers (Jeremy Scott came in second with his tongue-in-cheek Video Look Book). If you missed this year’s edition, a selection will be available on the film festival’s site in November—but not all of them. “After all, the whole point of the festival is to get people away from computers,” says Pernet.

Photo: Courtesy of Diane Pernet

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