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Mode in France

Fri, Mar 29, 2013

1984, dir. William Klein
with Agnès B, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Grace Jones
98  min, 35mm

Commissioned by French television to spotlight the “New Creators” of couture, Klein creates a gleefully irreverent survey of high fashion in the 1980s, featuring the work of Gaultier, Claude Montana, Agnès B, François Girbaud, Kenzo, and Azzedine Alaïa, to name just a few. Beginning with an abridged history of women’s fashion since the early 20th century, Klein goes on to present twelve unique skits and scenarios that showcase the designers’ work. Mode in France captures a specific moment and place in fashion history with Klein’s trademark style and intelligent wit, making it essential viewing for anyone with (or without!) an interest in fashion.

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