As regular readers know, I am a fan of documentaries and have watched a number of them specifically related to fashion. Two films have recently piqued my interest and I’m hopeful that I’ll get to see them soon, whether in cinema or rented.
The first is a film released in the USA earlier this year entitled Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston, a film about Roy Halston Frowick, one of the leading and most influential American designers of the 1970s. Closely associated with the jetset elite of the period, Halston’s designs were worn by Bianca Jagger, Lauren Bacall, Liza Minelli, Elizabeth Taylor, Jackie Kennedy, Martha Graham and Babe Paley. A regular at Studio 54, Halston became synonymous with the hedonistic glamour of the 70s. Halston died in 1990 from lung cancer complicated by HIV but his house has been revived in recent years, most notably with Sarah Jessica Parker as Creative Consultant.
The second is a documentary released in 2010 on Yves Saint Laurent entitled L’Amour Fou. It takes as its subject the relationship between Yves Saint Laurent and his partner of fifty years Pierre Bergé. Centred on the 2009 auction of the art collection amassed by Yves and Pierre over several decades, the film seems like an intimate and comprehensive look at one of fashion’s legendary designers.