Design Museum: Dressing the Subconscious

Bargehouse, London

Dressing the Subconscious
Film and Costume Design in conversation

October 2009

Filmmaker Sophie Fiennes, Pamela Church Gibson (London College of Fashion) in conversation about the role of fashion in Surrealist film.

Lecture

From beer-filled prosthetic legs to jockstraps over white overalls, the psychotic, fantastic world of surreal costume was meticulously unpicked in a dynamic discussion between filmmaker and fashion expert.

From its beginnings right up to the present, clothing and costume design have been powerful components of surrealist cinema, playing a significant role in character development and film narrative.

The conversation had three films as reference points:
The Holy Mountain (1973), Alejandro Jodorowsky
Brazil (1985), Terry Gilliam
The Saddest Music in the World (2003), Guy Maddin

Speakers

Pamela Church Gibson: Reader in Cultural and Historical Studies, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London

Sophie Fiennes:
 Filmmaker

Ian Peacock (Chair):
 Cultural Radio Presenter & Writer, BBC

Curation

Double Decker

Support

Kingston University and the Design Museum

The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin (2003)

The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin (2003)

The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin (2003)

The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin (2003)

La Antena, Esteban Sapir (2007)

La Antena, Esteban Sapir (2007)

A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick (1971)

A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick (1971)

La Antena, Esteban Sapir (2007)

La Antena, Esteban Sapir (2007)

The Cremaster Cycle, Matthew Barney (1995-2002)

The Cremaster Cycle, Matthew Barney (1995-2002)

The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin (2003)

The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin (2003)

The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin (2003)

The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin (2003)

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