In Conversation with Barbara Hulanicki
Tues 22 Sept / Screen 2 / 7.30pm / £5
Born in Poland but raised in England, Barbara Hulanicki is known for having founded the boutique BIBA in 1964, which began as a small mail-order business featured in the fashion columns of newspapers such as the Daily Mirror. Hulanicki recently delved back into product design and fashion, designing a fashion collection for TOP SHOP LONDON, a collection of handbags for Coccinelle, as well as designing Wallpaper, pillows and rugs for HABITAT stores in the UK. The Victoria and Albert Museum recently republished her memoirs FROM A TO BIBA and accompanied the book launch with a range of scarves, cards and jewelry all designed by Hulanicki.
She comes to Rich Mix to speak about her life, career, and inspirations.
The event will be hosted by Pamela Church Gibson, Reader in Cultural and Historical Studies at London College of Fashion. Pamela is researching on work around the complex relationship between film, fashion, fandom and the contemporary star system.
For more details please see http://www.richmix.org.uk/conversation.htm.
Fashion on Film
Fri 18 Sept – Sun 4 Oct
From the perennial style icon Louise Brooks, to the ‘old-money chic’ of Grey Gardens, this exciting film season will leave you feeling absolutely fabulous.
Film line up:
Pandora’s Box (PG)
with live piano accompaniment from Stephen Horne.
Fri 18 Sept / 7.30pm / £8, £6 concs
Dir: GW Pabst / 1929 / Germany / B&W / 109mins
Based on two Frank Wedekind plays, GW Pabst’s Pandora’s Box remains one of European silent cinema’s crowning achievements, 80 years after its initial release. A tragic portrait of sexual obsession, the American actress Louise Brooks provided a genuinely mesmerising performance as the prostitute Lulu; a femme fatale who unleashes uncontrollable desires in the men and women she encounters. The iconic Louise, with her trademark bob, is at the peak of her short career in Pabst’s classic. This silent classic will be screened with live piano accompaniment from Stephen Horne.
Grey Gardens (PG)
Sun 20 September / 4pm / £8, £6 concs
Dir: Mayles Brothers / 1976 / US / 109mins
Grey Gardens visits Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy’s aunt, Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale, and her 56-year-old daughter Edie. They live together in a dilapidated, 28-room mansion known as Grey Gardens, which Edith had owned since 1931. Almost evicted in 1971, when it was discovered that they were living in poverty and squalor; Jackie footed the bill to have the place cleaned and fixed up. But the wreckage of Grey Gardens is nothing compared to the wrecks that lived there. From the makers of The Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’, don’t miss this seminal film on two erstwhile fashion icons. Influencing a host of designers and stylists including Marc Jacobs, Grey Gardens is an absorbing insight into two eccentric and reclusive women.
A Bigger Splash (18)
Sun 27 September / 4pm / £8, £6 concs
Dir: Jack Hazan / 1974 / UK / 106mins
David Hockney is the best-known British artist of his generation; his wit and versatility have made him a popular figure in and out of the art world. Following his break-up with fellow painter Peter Schlesinger, the film tries to capture the essence of being an artist. Hanging out with Britain’s art and fashion elite, including Celia Birtwell and Ossie Clark, A Bigger Splash offers a glimpse into the worlds of art and fashion during the heady days of the 1960s.
Sun 4 October / 4pm / £8, £6 concs
Celebrate the nation’s knack for cutting-edge couture with this special selection of rarely-seen films from the BFI National Archive, offering a kaleidoscopic survey of post-war British fashion. From utility to utopia, high end to high street, Brit Chic invites you to escape austerity with Fashion Fantasy (1946), get yourself In Gear (1967) with the cool kids on the Kings Road, gatecrash a photoshoot at the iconic emporium in Pacemakers: Biba (1970), and discover Peter Greenaway’s innovative portrait of a fashion legend, Insight – Zandra Rhodes (1981). Welcome to the front row!
Cut and Create! Fashion Workshop
In collaboration with Tower Hamlets Lifelong Learning
Sat 19 September / 11am – 4pm / Venue 2 / £10
Try out your fashion creativity and stretch your skills at this one-day fashion workshop. Explore the first stages of cutting and draping patterns on a mannequin, the way the professionals do. Using pattern paper and fabric, our themes will focus on styles from across the globe.