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…
I 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.
Alice played the violin (well, I did)
David 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!)
And 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…
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..
Check out the sunnies and the harder edges..and see the influence:
(courtesy of style-com)
(courtesy of style.com)
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
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.
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
It definitely was a movie ahead of it’s time. Nice to know I am not the only one who remembers it. 🙂
totally fascinating..totally fab!
Big ta luv xxx
I really love this subject and can’t read enough about it!