Marchesa’s Georgina Chapman is the latest designer to get behind a movie camera—in her case, with a bit of mentoring from Hollywood veteran Ron Howard. She premiered the resulting sixteen-minute film, A Dream of Flying, last night at the Crosby Street Hotel.
Chapman’s directorial debut is part of Project Imagination, a new initiative from Canon (with help from Howard) that aims to make filmmakers out of everyone. For the moment, the camera company has outsourced the task to five celebrities—Jamie Foxx, Eva Longoria, LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, and Twitter’s Biz Stone in addition to Chapman—in order to get the ball rolling. The whole batch will have a glitzy premiere next week, with the films going live on the Internet next Friday.
Chapman’s little advance-sneak drew the likes of Rachel Roy and Chapman’s husband, Harvey Weinstein, who offered her tips of his own throughout the process. Her film is a fantastical parable about a little girl (played at one point by Dree Hemingway) who spends an entire lifetime resisting a suitor desperate to have her take to the skies with him.
She used her favorite costume designers as reference points, Chapman said—among them Martin Scorsese go-to Sandy Powell and Milena Canonera, whose credits range all the way from A Clockwork Orange (1971) to Wes Anderson’s upcoming film, The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Of course, for this job, the designer couldn’t focus on the clothes alone. “There are so many components you have to think about,” Chapman remarked. “Not only are you doing the visual, but you also have to do the emotional, and have a business mind, and put together all the other parts.” Might she take on the role again—for an upcoming Marchesa campaign, say? “I had a really amazing time with this,” Chapman said. “You know, we’ll see.”