November 23, 2020

Gareth Pugh And Nick Knight Screen Emotional “Non-Fashion” Film

HIGH ANXIETY: Gareth Pugh eschewed a show this season in favor of a film, directed by Nick Knight and screened at IMAX in London to an audience that had to run the gauntlet of aggressive anti-fur protestors to enter the venue.
The anxiety caused by that arrival set adrenaline at an appropriate level for the on-screen drama.
“I didn’t want to make a fashion film; I wanted to make something that went a lot deeper and was more emotional,” Pugh said.
In fact, the opening scenes were more akin to the horror genre than the slick and stylized visuals the audience was expecting. The film opens with two besuited men, the designer was one of them, disfiguring each other’s faces and bodies with mud and paint in an unsettling way that evoked the darker works of Francis Bacon. The violent and perverse scene ends with Pugh naked and splayed on a table, covered in mud, the other man literally ripping apart his clay body.
The film progresses through scenes of dancers, choreographed by Wayne McGregor: a figure spinning in a dramatically high-collared coat, and eye-less models in hard metal gowns. The palette moves through grays to black, red, gold and white as the film lightens

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