Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Inside Chanel






I watched these videos last night thanks to my good bud Elizabeth over at her new blog persuasion. I thought they were so great I also wanted to stick them over here. It has five episodes, so make sure you find all the rest of them in the youtube slider. The only bummer is that the sound is off for the climax of the film, I think it is Epsiode 5, Part 2. But don't be discouraged! It is still worth it.

It is very (very) similar to the movie that I saw a few months back, Valentino: The Last Emperor, which I also really enjoyed. It is kind of a combination of things that makes these two films so fascinating - the glamour of high (haute!) fashion, the exhaustive day-to-day labor and camaraderie of the women making everything run smoothly behind the scenes, the unfathomable amount of money, care, time, energy and love that is put into the collections, the air of antiquity to the whole operation with the feeling that everything everyone works so hard for will soon be lost to globalization, corporate capitalism and the inevitable restructing of the meaning and practice of work as the new technological generation evolves.

My favorite scenes were in Epsisode 3, "Rituals". I love the braid-maker!! She really is unbelievable.

xo


4 comments:

anna said...

I just watched this little teaser, now I have to go find the rest!!!

Bree said...

Do it!! I bet you will really love it!

xob.

anna said...

Just finished watching the series last night. Very interesting to have the look on the inside. That braid-maker is amazing! What a character. But you're right, behind it all is an aura of a slowly dying era.

Bree said...

I know - so sad in a way. Reminds me of working at the flowershop...not that that is a dying industry but just kind of the women all hanging out together, sharing and complaining and working, working, working...did you see the part where they wove their hair into the beadwork so they would get married within a year?? I loved that!

xob.