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Alexander McQueen Documentary to screen at Archifest 2019

By Flora  /  09 Sep 2019 (Monday)

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You know him as the legendary fashion designer with his wild and outrageous designs, but behind the fabrics is a sensitive man of a dark past.

Titled “McQueen”, the 2018 documentary on fashion designer Alexander McQueen to be screen at The Projector as part Archifest, a festival that celebrates architecture and the built environment in Singapore. 

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Filmmakers Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui have created a biopic which focuses on the journey of a young man who took risks and broke new ground with his designs that had people on both sides of the spectrum. Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite visuals and music, McQueen is an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary, from his start as a tailor, to launching and overseeing his eponymous line and his untimely death. 

From 27 September to 9 October, this year’s theme of the festival focuses on ‘craft’, in honour to craftsmen and designers who have dedicated a lifetime to perfecting their craft. 

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Other film screenings in the festival that include Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus, a film that talks about the fascinating story of Bauhaus as a statement, but also the failure and renewal of a social utopia; and Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity, a documentary that gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look into the work and processes of Ando, the only architect to have won the discipline's four most prestigious prizes: the Pritzker, Carlsberg, Praemium Imperiale, and Kyoto Prize.

This year’s edition offers a line-up of programmes that experiences the role of ‘craft’ in the development of modern and liveable cities. These programmes -apart from film screenings -  include architectural exhibitions, conferences and forums and hands-on craft workshops for all to enjoy. 

The Disruptive Digital Craft exhibition by Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) features two installations that emerged out of research projects. One of it is a five-metre tall structure created out of a sustainable bio-plastic, designed to address the environmental concerns around the uncontrollable use of synthetic polymer plastics. 

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The open forum allows architects and designers to learn from the icons of the industry. This year’s keynote speaker is Mr David Nelson, Head of Design and Associate Partner of Foster + Partners. If you would like to try your hands on some bespoke crafts, the festival offers workshops including pottery, woodworking, artisanal tea blending and even a modern interpretation of Kintsugi - a traditional Japanese technique that uses gold to repair broken ceramics. 

You can find out more at the official website
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