Oooh ay Mouret!

I got a giddy thrill when I realised what exactly Roland Mouret had chosen as the inspiration for his fall 2013 ready to wear collection…nothing less than Catherine Deneuve in the 1983 film The Hunger..


A three-in-one sliding doors moment of revelation, sparks and vivid memories with many things colliding – first there is Mouret, the fashion designer and the inventor of the infamous Galaxy dress, then there is Catherine Deneuve – the aloof and mysterious film star and a fully fledged MasonBentley style icon as one of the world’s most elegant women.. and then there is the beguiling fact that I – yep, as in ‘moi’ – I was actually in The Hunger…along with David Bowie and Susan Sarandon, all directed by Tony Scott…

IMG_1415I played the musical double to this girl  – can’t remember her name now – but in the movie it was Alice.  We all played in a piano trio together practising Schubert.

IMG_1432Alice played the violin (well, I did)

images-9David bowie the Cello (I first met him at the hairdressers with me under a halo of hedgehog-like highlighting foils.  Most glamorous – but we did share a sandwich together!)

IMG_1431And Catherine Deneuve on the piano.  Which was completely bonkers, especially when you realise that with a modicum of musical knowledge, we were all sitting in the wrong positions – but hey – that’s show business! and the light has to take precedence..

I was a little shadow happily lost in a fairytale – the bulk of the filming was done in a huge, stunningly beautiful old house encased in marble  round the back of the Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair and I spent many a day watching in the wings, amazed by the amount of smoke they used and talking to costume, make-up and hair.  I have graphic memories of the clothes..the lovely lady in charge of costume had just won an Oscar for Chariots of Fire (Kate, always wear pastels – they are your colour!) and I can see the influence of that film running through The Hunger…it was sophisticated, graceful…

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But this wasn’t what inspired mouret…he looked to the edgy club scene in the opening scenes and the underlying aggressive, feral emotions that permeate the movie..

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I particularly love the cream coat and the trousers above – and it is wonderful to be reminded of a special time in my life… there was talk of me having a proper part – playing Deneuve’s daughter – and I actually got taken out on a wardrobe buying mission…but the idea got canned…however I did get to have my throat cut by David Bowie..


How many people can say that?!

laters, Kate x


  1. astimegoesbuy

    I loved that movie!
    It was dark and edgy. At the time David Bowie and Catherine Deneauve were absolute icons to me. 🙂 You are the only other person that remembers it though. I don’t think I have met anyone who remembers seeing it.

    • MasonBentley

      Ach – we’re in a pretty exclusive club…you, me – and Mouret! But it was trying to do things a little bit differently – and sometimes that only works in retrospect – which is weird in its self when you think that the V@A is doing an exhibition on Bowie next month…and all his recent releases…lots of circles and coincidences and re-discoveries xxx