Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Post #109: Fashion on Film - A Therapy

The Devil may wear Prada, but Ben Kingsley wants to wear it too. Prada's latest fashion film, "A Therapy," which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21st, is simply impeccable. Directed by Roman Polanksi (of the Pianist) and starring Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham Carter, the film is a quiet tour-de-force that centers around a purple Prada coat. Were it not for their ad campaign or the single shot of a Prada label in Bonham Carter's shoe, you might not know what the video was for. Polanski calls it an "anti-ad," but I call it a gateway to more intellectual and substantive fashion films. The room for analysis is endless; the mise-en-scene, the dialogue, the concept, and the characters all lend themselves to thought-provocation. No wonder Prada is one of the most influential design houses of today. After all, "Prada suits everyone."

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