42 Things I Learnt From Watching The Fashion Collection

Box set movies and I don’t usually go together. That is until I stumbled across The Fashion Collection a few weeks ago. A set of four fashion documentaries that include: Dior and I; About Face; The September Issue; and Jeremy Scott The Peoples Designer. Although I had previously seen The September Issue, I was keen to find out more about Raf Simmons’s time at Dior and explore the unfamiliar, perplexing world of Jeremy Scott. What better way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon than watching fashion documentaries! Three hundred and fifty five minutes of uninterrupted fashion viewing pleasure. So as the rain settled in, I too settled in on the couch, cup of tea and notebook at hand, ready to expand on my fashion world knowledge. Here is a snapshot what I learnt along the way:

Dior and I (2014)

  1. When Raf Simmons was appointed as the creative director for Dior in April 2012, he was only given eight weeks to present his first couture show. Normally it takes four to six months.
  2. For Raf Simmons, the future is more romantic than the past.
  3. Raf Simmons is audience shy and doesn’t like being in the spotlight.
  4. Raf Simmons has a soft, emotion side.
  5. Raf Simmons is a visual person who does not sketch. Instead he creates files (similar to a mood board) for each concept in the collection.
  6. It took approximately 50 people, 48 hours to cover the entire walls of the July 2012 couture venue with flowers.
  7. Raf Simmons smokes inside.
  8. Up until two days before the couture show everything is two dimensional. Laid flat – no volume. And then in one night everything is assembled into 3D.
  9. At 41 years of age, Christian Dior was interviewed by the press for the first time.
  10. Dior is only one of two houses that continues the haute couture tradition for private clients: suiting and dresses.

Jeremy Scott The Peoples Designer (2015)

  1. Jeremy Scott was a boy from a small mid-west farm who had a big fashion dream.
  2. Franco Moschino is one of the few designers admired by Jeremy Scott.
  3. Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele is Jeremy Scott’s creative soul mate when putting a runway show together.
  4. Jeremy Scott is passionate about creating things that are fun, and inspire and touch peoples lives.
  5. Jeremy Scott declared he only lives in the world of pop culture.
  6. Jeremy Scott was an outsider at school. He looked different, dressed different, thought different. Jeremy wore short cut-off denim shorts and sported a yellow mohawk-ish hairdo on his last day of school.
  7. Jeremy Scott’s application to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) was rejected on the grounds he lacked originality, artistic ability and creativity. Parsons thought he had potential. The PRATT Institute finally accepted his application.
  8. Before studying at the PRATT Institute, Jeremy Scott had never properly sewed or made something from a pattern.
  9. After graduating from PRATT Jeremy Scott moved to Paris. When he couldn’t secure an internship, he decided to put on a show of his own.
  10. Jeremy Scott would rather be remembered as a great friend than a great designer.
  11. Jeremy Scott is a vegetarian.
  12. Oddest scene in the documentary. Jeremy Scott’s mother being interviewed outdoors in a red rocking chair clutching a carefully placed white Moschino bag.

The September Issue (2009)

  1. Anna Wintour doesn’t suffer fools lightly.
  2. Anna Wintour has a dry sense of humour.
  3. When the Vogue September issue is released, reporters immediately ask two questions: ‘how many pages is it?’ and ‘much does it weigh?’
  4. Anna Wintour is brutally direct in her feedback.
  5. The people who work at Vogue wear normal clothes to work, rather than looking like they just stepped off the runway.
  6. Grace Coddington is the only Vogue fashion editor who still dresses the models for fashion shoots. The assistants normally do this task.
  7. Grace Coddington started working for American Vogue on the same day as Anna Wintour.
  8. Anna’s siblings are amused by what she does.
  9. Grace Coddington doesn’t always wear black.
  10. The 2007 September issue was 644 pages, 100 pages more that the previous year.

About Face: Supermodels Then and Now (2012)

  1. Most interesting view on plastic surgery was from Candice dell’Orefice: “If you had the ceiling falling down in your living room, would you not go and have it repaired?”
  2. In the 1940s there was the dubious profession of being an actress / model. The profession of model didn’t exist, it was really model / hooker.
  3. Isabella Rossellini was on the cover of Vogue 28 times. Nine covers were shot by Richard Avedon.
  4. Jerry Hall was discovered in the 1970s on a beach in the French Riviera.
  5. Back in the day (in the 1940s and 1950s), no one wanted to be a model (as it was associated with the being a hooker).
  6. Beverly Johnson was the first African American to grace the cover of Vogue in August, 1974.
  7. Isabella Rossellini started modelling at age 28.
  8. Models in 1970’s New York were surrounded by a drug (mostly cocaine) and drinking culture. Magazine editors and photographers were aware of the heavy drug use by models.
  9. Eileen Ford had supermodels supermodels living in her house. All were under a strict night time curfew. Jerry Hall couldn’t keep to the curfew so she moved out.
  10. Candice dell’Orefice has had a 65+ year modelling career.

What I love most about this boxset is that each documentary offers a different perspective on the fashion industry from the designers, to high fashion magazine editors, to supermodels. A must view for the fashion curious. My Sunday movie marathon finished, I can now go and cook dinner. Until next time! 

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2 thoughts on “42 Things I Learnt From Watching The Fashion Collection

    1. Thanks for your feedback on my blog! I bought the boxset from jbhifi.com.au and it looks like it was only released in Australia. I checked out amazon.com.uk and you can buy all of the DVD’s individually online in the UK. Also, if it’s still showing in the cinemas, I would highly recommend watching The First Monday in May documentary. Enjoy!

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