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Miu Miu's Bewitching Film
Is it the woman who makes the dress or the dress that makes the woman? Regardless of where your answer falls, your interest will be piqued by “The Woman Dress,” a new short film, the third in Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales series, which will premiere at an exclusive party tonight. The brand enlisted Italian director Giada Colagrande, whose recent work “A Woman” starred Wilem Dafoe, to create a movie taking inspiration from its designs and showcasing exclusively female talents (the first two films in the series were directed by Zoe Cassavetes and Lucrecia Martel).
A still from “The Woman Dress”
Colagrande seemed slightly taken with the macabre, turning first to catacombs in Palermo, Italy as a jumping off point for her bewitching tale.
“It’s five centuries old and all of the bodies are divided based on their jobs and wearing the dress of their category, like a priest or a lawyer,” explains Colagrande. “When you look at their corpses, you can’t see their faces, but because they’re dressed in different ways, you associate a different identity with them. It shows how even a dress can give an image of you as strong as a personal identity.”
With that in mind, Colagrande crafted a fantastical storyline in which a glamorous woman (played by actress Maya Sansa) enters a mysterious coven of witches (the Williamsburg-based pop group, Au Revoir Simone, who also provided the soundtrack), asking them to create a dress for her. Once she is submerged in a tub of water, laced with her own blood, the witches perform a spell, and she is transformed into a blood red colored dress (naturally of Miu Miu make).
Besides wearing Miu Miu ready-to-wear, the four female leads also sport lens from the label’s new Culte sunglasses line, whose octagonal frames Colagrande found perfect to express the mad scientists air of the witches’ ritual. (The glasses hit stores in May.)
The whole experience proved a welcome challenge for Colagrande, who is more accustomed to making wardrobe decisions after fully realizing her characters.
“I like the idea that they were proposing we start with the dress rather than the opposite which we normally do when you’re making a movie, you think of a character and then anything that makes the character is what they wear,” she says. “In this case I had to invent the characters inspired by the dresses. So the dresses really became my lead characters.”
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