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Vivienne Westwood
Vivienne Westwood directed by Gillian Greenwood, follows the designer at work. Greenwood's film offers a unique insight into how she creates her distinctive and often shocking designs, and what have been her major influences. The film documents Westwood's rise from…
Alexander McQueen Part 1
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 3
Before bursting onto the London fashion scene with his daring, provocative collections, Alexander McQueen honed his tailoring skills on Savile Row. His sharp tailoring would continue to influence his dramatic collections as he explored challenging silhouettes presented in powerfully evocative…
Valentino: The Last Emperor
An intimate fly-on-the-wall exploration of the singular world of one of Italy's most famous men and provides a first-time glimpse into Valentino's world of bygone glamour. The film documents the colorful and dramatic closing act of the fashion icon's celebrated…
Chanel
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 3
In 1983, when German-born designer Karl Lagerfeld joined the house of Chanel, he changed the course of fashion history. To this day, the house is owned and controlled by the famously press-shy Alan Wertheimer, grandson of one of Coco's early…
Yohji Yamamoto
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 5
Boasting an unconventional yet undeniably beautiful vision, designer Yohji Yamamoto is one of the leading designers of our time. In the early 1980s, with Yamamoto at the forefront, the arrival of the Japanese designers in Paris heralded a darker, more…
Kenzo
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 1
One of fashion's most prominent travelers, Kenzo Takada, created fun in fashion for over thirty years. A master at innovative mixes of color, print and fabrics, Kenzo's ever-changing signature was always rooted in joy. His introduction of Japanese aesthetics to…
Boomalli - Five Koorie Artists
Boomalli is an artists' cooperative formed by urban Aboriginal and Koorie photographers, painters, sculptors, designers and filmmakers. This visually inspiring film focuses on contemporary rather than traditional work and ways of life. We see the work of clothing designer Bronwyn…
Prada
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 1
In 1978 Miuccia Prada inherited the family's leather goods business from her mother and quickly expanded the company into one of the most talked-about clothing and accessories lines in Italy. Prada is always ahead of the times, and her individual…
Alexander McQueen Part 2
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 3
Becoming an established name didn't slow down this enfant terrible. Alexander McQueen continues to explore dramatic silhouettes ranging from the most fragile of dresses to molded carapace-like corsets all within a poetic storyline. As his career builds the fashion crowd…
Christian Dior Part 1
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 3
The name Christian Dior is synonymous with luxury and glamour in the world of clothing, accessories, fragrance and cosmetics. Come to Paris to meet the master Dior himself in the early days of the House and see how the Dior…
DKNY
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 6
For Donna Karan, DKNY has always embraced the essence of New York. In 1989, in search of the perfect pair of jeans and also wishing to offer clothing options for her daughter Gabby, Karan launched DKNY. On a quest to…
Jean Paul Gaultier
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 1
Newsmaker Jean Paul Gaultier has been making head lines since he exploded onto the fashion scene in 1976. Always a fashion catalyst, Gaultier packs huge auditoriums each fashion season with fans clamoring to see what revolutionary ideas he will present…
Louis Vuitton
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 2
The French-based house of Louis Vuitton, creating luggage since 1854, has grown into an international symbol of luxury. In 1997, Marc Jacobs was appointed as creative director to develop the first ready-to-wear collection for the house. During his tenure, Jacobs…
Emilio Pucci
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 4
An Emilio Pucci print is undeniably beautiful; its swirling lines, and brilliant color mixes are unrivalled, but few realize that it was Emilio Pucci's sporty background that gave him the understanding of movement and comfort that paid dividends in his…
Jil Sander
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 6
Known as the "Queen of Minimalism," German designer, Jil Sander's strong, modern sensibility and highly sophisticated fabric choices won her critical and commercial success in the late 20th century. Her distinct combination of masculine and feminine design elements crafted looks…
Hussein Chalayan
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 2
Graduating from the prestigious Central St. Martins School of Art, Hussein Chalayan quickly burst onto the avantgarde London fashion scene with his intellectually challenging designs. Chalayan approaches fashion as an anthropologist and philosopher, exploring not only the relationship between fabric…
Gianni Versace - Final 24: His Final Hours
This episode focuses on the last hours of fashion designer Gianni Versace's life. On July 15, 1997, Andrew Cunanan who was obsessed with Versace and had been carrying a seven-year grudge, shot him on his daily walk.
Valentino
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 2
With a career that spanned 45 years, Valentino Garavani was born in a small town in northern Italy. His single name became synonymous with refinement. Valentino dressed rock to royalty - all with a capital V. No other designer was…
Christian Dior Part 2
Part of the Series: Designer Marathon Volume 3
When John Galliano, the "bad boy" of British fashion was brought over by LVMH's Bernard Arnault to head Christian Dior it was a dream come true. His incredible vision has flourished under the auspices of the legendary designer and the…
Invisible: Abbott Thayer and the Art of Camouflage
Dedicated to the memory of Richard Murray (1942-2006), senior curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The mottled khaki-and-green motif is all around us - on military equipment and on everything from backpacks to bikinis. But where did it come…