Responsible for many an iconic look in cinematic history, eyewear company Persol continues to explore the art of movie-making with the second installment in their series, Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film. Stylesight was on hand for the opening party last night at the Museum of Moving Image, as were costume designer (and guest of honor) Arianne Phillips, fashion curator Diane Pernet and photographer-turned-DJ Terry Richardson.
Housed within the cavernous white walls of the Museum of Moving Image, the exhibit features various artifacts from notably stylish films like Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Amélie. Research notes, mood boards and frantic sketches are paired with video from the finished film and actual props, revealing the “obsessive” process of movie-making from start to finish.
Perhaps no piece in the exhibit illustrates this obsession more than Todd Haynes’ visual reference book for Far From Heaven. Composed of inspirational images (in this case, the films of Douglas Sirk), detailed illustrations and even color palettes, the pages lend insight into the painstaking process behind creating the visually rich film.
For fashion lovers, the exhibit also features several gowns from the recent Wallis Simpson biopic W.E., directed by Madonna and costumed by the aforementioned Arianne Phillips. Included are authentic reproductions of historic pieces from Dior, Vionnet and Cartier, as well as inspirational fashion plates from the era.
The ten subjects that comprise the latest installment of Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film are:
North by Northwest (1959)
Far From Heaven (2002)
Ennio Morricone, composer
One from the Heart (1982)
Douglas Trumbull, special effects
The Last Emperor (1987)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
The exhibit runs from June 14 to August 19 at the Museum of Moving Image. For more visit movingimage.us.