This week's final Fashion Body film is the penultimate instalment of the fashion film season, and comes courtesy of London leader Mary Katrantzou, the latest recipient of the prestigious Swiss Textiles Award. It is also our first editorial interpretation of Spring/Summer 2011, as Katrantzou puts a key piece from her much-fêted collection centre-stage. Captured on film by Panos Davios, her outrageous, flirtatious lampshade skirt sways seductively in motion, redolent of Nijinsky, Diaghliev, Les Ballets Russes and the lampshade skirts of pre-war couture titan Paul Poiret - and, in a season of almost wartime austerity, Katrantzou's exotic extravagance was the cause of a similar furore.
With over forty videos and almost thirty essays to date, our Fashion Body film season is nearing completion. Taking us on a whirlwind tour around the human frame - from Rick Owen's foot to Stephen Jones' crown - via Anna Dello Russo's nose, Ruth Hogben's buttocks and Lady Gaga's left eye for good measure - The Fashion Body demonstrates, to spectacular effect, the transformative power of fashion and of the eye of fashion creatives. Our comprehensive essay series, interspersed amongst the films, sparks debate in its own right, broaching subjects as diverse as plastic surgery, transsexuality, the resurgence of the breast (courtesy of Marc and Miuccia) and the effect of fashionable imagery on perceptions of one's own body - both negative and positive.
To close the series, on Friday 3 December we will launch an interactive, specially created by multimedia designer Daniel Brown, envisaging the individual films of the series as a complete, whole and constantly-moving 'Fashion Body'. And just to further whet your appetite, coupled with the launch of the interactive is the release of our final Fashion Body film, created by Nick Knight.