Curated Films

Fashion & Fantasy | Part 16

A monthly curated video selection by Niccolò Montanari: With the world seemingly moving at increasingly faster pace, it’s important to take some time to explore and address the issues that we as humans and as a global society are currently facing.

For this month’s Fashion & Fantasy column I decided to look at content focusing on these issues and our need for change. Spanning across music, short film, advertising and fashion film, the ten videos below were developed in the past two years to shed some light onto some of the world’s current challenges. From the need of greater awareness over how to become a more sustainable society to how we look at gender and racial stereotypes and how much more needs doing before we achieve true equality, in just a few minutes these films successfully explore uncomfortable topics and engage with their audience emotionally.

The Ayes Have It Motion Poems by Savanah Leaf

Using a poem by Tiana Clark as the base for work, director Savanah Leaf provides us with an insight into her her world as a mixed-race woman in modern America.

Pink or Blue by Jake Dypka

Commissioned to open the Saatchi showcase in Cannes, Pink or Blue raises awareness around the theme of gender using 3D technology to switch between the two versions of the film.

Stella McCartney - Sustainability by Viviane Sassen

Photographer Viviane Sassen reimagines Stella McCartney's new visual identity focusing on sustainability.

Day One by Cyprien Clément-Delmas

In this haunting documentary director Cyprien Clément-Delmas records the first day of Donald Trump's presidency.

H&M World Recycle Week featuring M.I.A. by Philippe Tempelman

Featuring artist M.I.A., this video was created as a way to inspire customers to recycle their old and unwanted clothes.

Young Fathers ‘Mr Martyr’ by Salomon Ligthelm

Mr Martyr is an exploration of pretense, looking at the decisions a man whose identity lies in the being the alpha male in Parisian gang culture has to make.

Ebonics for Grace Wales Bonner by Luke Clayton Thompson

This film explores menswear designer’s Grace Wales Bonner collections’ highlights, taking inspiration from black visual culture and mix couture techniques with African craft.

Europe Is Lost by Gary Dumbill

Mixing clips of Britain’s Got Talent and the Grand National with footage of political leaders and police raids, Europe is Lost addresses social issues through an apocalyptic stream of consciousness.

11x HUMAN by John Merizalde

John Merizalde & clothing label AKOO tackle issues of racism, black on black crime & police brutality in 11x HUMAN.

Intrusion by Cyprien Clément-Delmas

Shot in NYC in January 2017, the week Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States, director Cyprien Clément-Delmas reveals the invisible violence of the moment we are living in.