Last week I was delighted to be invited to the Australian Centre For Moving Images (ACMI) for a special screening of the Paul Smith documentary, Gentleman Designer. The screening is part of the Twiggy To Westwood: Great British Fashion On Film series which is running alongside Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
The documentary, filmed in 2011 by Stephanie Carrell follows the iconic designer through his day to day life and celebrates 40 years of the Paul Smith brand in business, showing Smith creating classic clothes with a twist for both men and women from his amazing and quite eccentric Central London headquarters.
Carrel follows Smith from London to Paris to Tokyo and back again in this behind-the-scenes film, where Smith endlessly snaps away at his camera and happily poses with his legions of Japanese fans. Smith is hugely popular in Japan, but, as he explains, that's not only due to luck.
Paul Smith, Gentleman Designer will be screening at ACMI from 1 – 5 September 2013 (so not long left), as part of the From Twiggy to Westwood: Great British Fashion on Film season, curated by James Nolen. This season celebrates the great icons of the British fashion world: from magazine fashion editors Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and Hamish Bowles at Vogue, to some of Britain's greatest fashion designers, including Vivienne Westwood. Not forgetting arguably the world's first supermodel, Twiggy.
From Twiggy to Westwood: Great British Fashion on Film presented in partnership with Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and as part of Great British Film, presented in association with the British Council Australia as part of GREAT Britain Arts 13.
Wintour&Guinness was a guest of ACMI.