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The Vintage Guide To London | January 20, 2018

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BFI Fashion in Film Festival

At the BFI: Fashion in Film Festival

The BFI is celebrating its fourth Fashion in Film Festival with a special season dedicated to one of France’s most innovative but overlooked directors, Marcel L’Herbier, whose career straddled the avant-garde and mainstream cinema.

L’Herbier’s ambition for the cinema was to create a Gesamtkunstwerk, a cinema totale which would synthesise all the arts and draw together architects, artists, set designers, couturiers and costume designers.

Among the many major cultural figures he collaborated with were artists Fernand Léger, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, composers Darius Milhaud and Arthur Honneger, the architect Robert Mallet-Stevens, designers Alberto Cavalcanti and Claude Autant-Lara, and couturiers Paul Poiret, Lucien Lelong (L’Herbier’s cousin) and Louiseboulanger.

Paired with his multi-disciplinary collaborative approach, it was L’Herbier’s desire to legitimise and ennoble cinema as the ‘seventh art’ that helped establish him as a seminal figure within Paris’s vibrant cultural milieu of the inter-war years.

Using art, fashion and design as the prisms through which to examine L’Herbier’s diverse body of work, Fashion in Film’s season highlights his lifelong fascination with style and cinematic poetics.

Full details and film listings

from 10th May