Here is a blast from the past and a historical document about times that fall within the life span of many of us in Wivenhoe. A film about a true icon of the Swinging Sixties, one of the most important figures in making that time what it was, up there with the Beatles, Vidal Sassoon, the England football team and many others. It has a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The first official feature documentary celebrating the incredible life of one of the most influential icons of the 20th Century, fashion designer Dame Mary Quant, it features contributions from Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, Edward Enninful, Dave Davies, Charlotte Tilbury, Jasper Conran and Zandra Rhodes as well as Mary’s family and peers. Dame Mary Quant, now 92, is famously very private and so is not seen in the film.
Actor Sadie Frost, who has her own fashion label, turns director with Quant. Known for her bold, vibrant designs and pioneering spirit, Quant became associated with the liberating fashions of the 1960s, ditching the style of the fitted ’50s and raising eyebrows along with hemlines.
Frost’s lively doc traces her journey with archive footage, talking heads and dramatized scenes featuring actor Camilla Rutherford as Quant. The latter touch is perhaps the biggest challenge, but is handled elegantly: rather than shooting Rutherford as if she is in a straight TV interview, Frost and DP John Bretherton approach these brief segments almost like a fashion shoot, zooming in on her eyes or gestures, the dialogue not always in sync. The archive clips are an absolute joy.
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