Screen Style 2013 at the Northwest Film Forum has thrills, romance, vintage glamour, and subtly kitschy good times.
This year's panel includes a curator who walks through the galleries in avant-garde asymmetrical layers, a Turkish-born designer who looks like the fifth Rolling Stone, a pair of shopkeepers who make Seattle feel like a Parisian side street, and an artist who passionately, theatrically, and philosophically bridges the soft-sculpture/fashion divide.
And this year's series includes a Drink and Dress Happy Hour on Friday and Saturday. Here's a breakdown of the whole weekend.
****Opening night, Friday December 13 is a double-feature spotlighting kooky Old Hollywood and dark, moody thrills. Wardrobe designer and recent Frye Museum star Mark Mitchell presents the 1931 Marlene Dietrich classic The Devil is a Woman—a 35mm film print no less—at 7p.
Says Mitchell, "The Travis Banton costumes for Miss Dietrich are over-the-top stunners (I have a story or two about their collaboration), and really her hair is worth mentioning—an ever-changing kaleidoscope of lace, Spanish combs, spit-curls and carnations. There are a lot of squawking, messy, flapping birds, so if you get bored waiting for Miss Dietrich to show up while the plot advances (an adaptation by John Dos Passos, but you’d never know it) those birds will give you something to think about."
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From Ozen and Vezzetti, "Kenneth Anger's ability to dance between the beauty of the beholder and the darkness of the evil is truly visionary. The collaboration of music and clothing will inspire you to seek the unknown and challenge your own talents."
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****Saturday, December 14 brings a panel forum; these local tastemakers and I will gather in one of the theaters for a informal chat about film, inspiration, aesthetics, style, and whatever else comes up. Please join us at 6:30 for this free gathering.
After the panel on Saturday night, it's the 1975 Hal Ashby cult classic Shampoo.
Selected by SAM curator Chiyo Ishikawa, this 8p screening is all about late '60s fashion and big, beautiful Beverly Hills hair.
"Gorgeous women in long bangs, miniskirts, and frosted makeup circle around George, the good-looking hairdresser whose uniform is as calculated and elaborate as theirs: shag haircut, heavy jewelry, unbuttoned shirt, leather jacket. At the end, when the plot drops this polished group into a wild LA party they look, well, overdressed," says Ishikawa.
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****The series concludes on Sunday, December 15 with a matinee and a pop-up shop courtesy Jill and Wayne Donnelly, owners of Baby and Co. An Education is a future classic; a 2009 coming-of-age tale told largely through mid-century fashion. I hestitate to put this fine a point on it, but if you love Mad Men and haven't seen this, well ...
"We watch Jenny transform from a dowdy school girl to a chic, confident young woman with the simple magic of a new dress and a trip to Paris. With all the charm of classics like Sabrina that filled my imagination as a young girl, the seemingly simple film speaks to the very pointed moment in the life of a woman; the moment she decides who she is. Watch An Education for the nostalgia, the stunning 1960s costumes and props, and watch it for the reminder of that moment when your eyes were first opened tot he beauty of the world, and your place in it," says Donnelly.
Immediately following the 3p show, you can shop a specially curated, Education-inspired selection of Baby and Co. fashion. How cool is that?
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