This summer sees the release of several highly anticipated art and fashion films including “McQueen,” a renewed look at the life of designer Alexander McQueen; “Love, Cecil,” a film on Bright Young Thing Cecil Beaton directed by Diana Vreeland documentarian Lisa Immordino Vreeland; and “Nico, 1988,” a biopic following the troubled last years of the Velvet Underground singer’s life. Read on for our roundup of the films to watch for this summer.
An upcoming film by photographer Lauren Greenfield, “Generation Wealth” will investigate our culture of conspicuous consumption, the same subject matter that her book of the same name documents. Greenfield is no stranger to documentary-making—her 2012 film, “Queen of Versailles,” garnered critical acclaim. Release date: July 20th, 2018.
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland (wife of Diana Vreeland’s grandson, Alexander Vreeland), “Love, Cecil” takes a look at the life of photographer, set and costume designer, painter, and writer Cecil Beaton. From the Bright Young Things to the front lines of war to the pages of Vogue, Beaton embodied the cultural and political changes of the twentieth century. “Love, Cecil” blends archival footage and photographs with excerpts from his diaries to capture the artist’s legacy. Release date: June 29th, 2018.
Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist
Released last week on June 8th, “Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist” tells the story of designer Vivienne Westwood in her own words. Directed by Lorna Tucker, the documentary charts Westwood’s journey from growing up in postwar Derbyshire to showing on the runways of Paris and Milan, and features Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and André Leon Talley alongside the designer herself.
From learning to tailor on Savile Row to impressing editor Isabella Blow with his Central Saint Martins graduate collection to helming Givenchy at only 27-years-old, the career and controversial work of late designer Lee Alexander McQueen has inspired and fascinated fashion lovers, art appreciators and critics around the world. Directors Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui take a renewed look at his complex life with their new documentary, “McQueen.“ Featuring a wealth of archival footage and interviews with the creator’s closest friends and family, the film paints a dynamic, sensitive portrait of McQueen and his life both on and off the catwalk. Read our interview with the directors of “McQueen” HERE. Release date: July 13th, 2018.
Susanna Nicchiarelli’s portrait of Velvet Underground singer and Andy Warhol superstar Nico follows the last few years of her life as she tours and grapples with heroin addiction and personal demons. Danish actress Trine Dyrholm stars as Nico and does her own singing. Release date: August 1st, 2018.