Monday, November 28, 2022


Press Release

coming to TIFF Bell Lightbox in December

Marie Antoinette, dir. Sofia Coppola (2006) Photo courtesy of TIFF

TIFF Cinematheque retrospective of 14 films explores a century of fashion houses in film, from Dior to Halston to Prada and more

Series will feature In Conversation With… Academy Award–winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter and includes a special runway show and public art exhibition in partnership with Fashion Art Toronto

TORONTO — TIFF’s Make it Fashion series celebrates the timeless and ever-fabulous relationship between fashion and film. The 14-film major retrospective is drawn from the catwalks of fashion’s most lauded houses as well as the independent designers who defined DIY aesthetics and celebrates nearly a century of fashion history through film. From Audrey Hepburn’s iconic collaborations with Givenchy, to Prada channelled through Baz Luhrmann, to Manolo Blahnik’s interpretations of Le Grand Siècle footwear in Marie Antoinette, the fashion runway and cinema co-exist as one of the visual arts’ most mutually beneficial relationships.

Make it Fashion is curated by guest programmer Alicia Fletcher and runs December 2–30 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. A series of events is scheduled on opening weekend, including the opening night film, Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette on Friday, December 2, preceded by a special runway show from Fashion Art Toronto and In Conversation With… Black Panther and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever costume-designer Ruth E. Carter on Saturday, December 3.

Featured films in Make it Fashion series - All films will screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)

  • Marie Antoinette (2006) – December 2 & 6
  • Prix de beauté with Live Accompaniment (1930) – December 3
  • Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne (1945) – December 4
  • The Hunger (1983) – December 7
  • Liquid Sky (1982) – December 9
  • L'inhumaine (1924) – December 11
  • Mahogany (1975) – December 15
  • The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) – December 17
  • American Gigolo (1980) – December 22
  • Stage Fright (1950) – December 23
  • Charade (1963) – December 24
  • Cabaret (1962) – December 25 & 29
  • Romeo + Juliet (1996) – December 28
  • Personal Shopper (2016) – December 30
“Examining the sartorial through a century of film history revealed a wondrously rich relationship between couturiers and filmmakers — one which dates back to the inception of the moving image,” said Alicia Fletcher, guest curator. “ Make it Fashion includes silent films, musicals, film noirs, midnight cult sensations, and art-house masterworks. The uniting force behind them is the highly visual, memorable costuming by the fashion industry's most celebrated names as well as lesser-known designers that deserve recognition today.”

Mahogany, dir. Berry Gordy (1975) Photo courtesy of TIFF (Click to enlarge)

As part of the opening weekend, a special In Conversation With… Academy Award–winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter takes place Saturday, December 3 at 6:30pm and will be moderated by Suzanne Boyd, Editor -in-Chief of Zoomer Magazine. Carter will also give a special introduction for one of her most legendary credits, Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing (1989), that same evening. Carter (Black Panther) is one of the most influential film artists of our time. Spanning nearly four decades, her extensive filmography includes regular collaborations with Lee (including School Daze, Do The Right Thing, and Malcolm X) and work with Steven Spielberg (Amistad), Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love and Basketball), and Ava DuVernay (Selma). Through her meticulous, research-focused process, Carter succeeds in bringing authentic and three-dimensional portrayals of Black life to the big screen — connecting both historic and current events to Black futures. Hot on the heels of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Carter joins TIFF for an in-depth look at her career; her approach to visual storytelling and communicating cultural and political nuances through costume design; and the significance of Afrofuturism to her work in general, and the Black Panther films in particular. Her work can also be seen in Boosie Fade Film Club's presentation of B*A*P*S (1997) on Dec 1.

In partnership with Fashion Art Toronto, a special runway show will kick off Make it Fashion opening night celebrations on December 2, featuring designers (L’Uomo Strano by Mic Carter, Gorm, Mr. Haque, Martianally and Starkers Corsetry) who draw inspiration from genre, performance, and cinema. This partnership will also feature a free public art exhibition on display in the TIFF Bell Lightbox Atrium December 2, 2022 through January 8, 2023 during regular box office hours. Fashion Art Toronto is a multisensory showcase of runway shows, fashion presentations, performances, and art featuring innovative Canadian designers and artists.

Personal Shopper, dir. Olivier Assayas (2016) Photo courtesy of TIFF

Tickets will go on sale to Members on November 23 and to the public on November 30.

TIFF Members receive free access to over 200 Cinematheque screenings, which includes new essentials, classics, rarities, and recent restorations. The TIFF Under-25 Free Pass offers young film lovers under the age of 25 a pass to access a range of free benefits, including tickets to Cinematheque screenings, as well as exclusive year-round benefits and being part of a community of up-and-coming film lovers.

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