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Hi, I’m Raissa Bretana,

and I’m a fashion historian and an adjunct instructor

at the Fashion Institute of Technology,

where I teach a course

on the history of costume and fashion in film.

Today, we’re going to review

some iconic fashion scenes in film and TV.

[pleasant music]

I’m sorry, I’m terribly nervous,

I’ve never done anything like this.

Nothing to be nervous about, you’re gonna be great.

Now, listen closely, you’re in Paris-

This is Funny Face, directed by Stanley Donen

with costumes by Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy.

This scene features a photo shoot montage

in different locations in Paris.

And here we really see true Givenchy on display.

[Dick] Let’s go!


For starters, the photographer Dick Avery,

played by Fred Astaire, is actually based

on the real-life fashion photographer Richard Avedon

and Avedon actually collaborated on this film.

He shot the entire title sequence and all of those stills

that we see throughout this photo shoot sequence

were actually shot by Avedon himself.

Duvel shows the collection on Friday.

The night before I’m giving a party

to introduce you to the press.

The editor-in-chief of the fictional Quality magazine

in this film is based on a real life fashion figure,

and that is the iconic Diana Vreeland.

In the 1950s, she was an editor at Harpers Bazaar,

but she would later go on to become

the editor-in-chief of Vogue.

All of the clothes that we see

Audrey wearing in this photo shoot sequence

and in any scene that takes place

in a fashion setting in Paris

can be attributed to Hubert de Givenchy.

I know, I’m a princess at the ball

and the bird is really Prince Charming.

This film is a love letter to the golden age of couture,

but also to Paris, the capital of fashion.

And we actually see in imagery from the 1950s

that many fashion photographers position their models

against the backdrop of iconic Paris landscapes

to really hit home that this was the home of fashion.

This was the center of the fashion world.

This is American Crime Story:

The Assassination of Gianni Versace

created by Ryan Murphy, directed by Gwyneth Horder-Payton,

with costume design by the great Lou Eyrich

and Allison Leach.

In this scene, Donatella wears

the dress that made her a star.

[soft dramatic music]

This scene takes place in 1992

at the 100th anniversary party of Vogue.

So Gianni really wanted Donatella to make a splash,

and she did.

Donatella, Donatella. Gianni, Donatella,

over here.

[Photographer] Gianni.

Gianni. Gianni.

[Photographer] Beautiful.

You can see in this scene that he is holding her hand

at the beginning of this red carpet moment,

but by the end of the scene,

he’s let go and she’s standing on her own.

And that is rather symbolic about this passing of the torch

in the legacy of Versace.

[dramatic music] [camera shutters clicking]

This dress came from Versace’s Fall 1992 collection

called Miss S&M,

but now it’s more commonly referred

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Watch Beauty Secrets | Janaya Future Khan Opens Up About “Glow-Up” Skin Care and the Beauty of Being Non-Binary | Vogue Video | CNE |

[upbeat music]

Hey everyone, I am Janaya Future Khan,

and these are my beauty secrets

or handsome secrets

or beautiful boy secrets.

Either way, it’s how

to keep my skin feeling nice and fresh.

Despite the fact that sometimes I’m up

to three in the morning,

’cause I’m writing

or because of some kind of protest,

and also how we keep these locks nice

and moisturized and that twist out fly,

so that the haters can keep saying our

beautiful lion’s mane out in the world.

All right, let’s do this.

Every morning I get up,

I end up doing a hundred pushups

and so I need water immediately.

So that is number one on the beauty secrets.

God’s juice, water. [sips water]

[upbeat music]

So get that in

and get that in as much as you can.

And then I need a whole work

of proteins and greens,

so I use Amazing Grass,

the protein supplement

and the Green’s food supplement.

So I put it in my shaker cup here,

and I got to get the greens

and do that,

pop that in there.

[upbeat music]

We’ll get back to the skincare just…

[upbeat music]

So I actually start

with a little bit of rose water

and I just, [water spritzing]

spray that on my face.

And I think it makes,

it makes me feel good,

I feel good about it,

kind of prepares me for what’s next.

Which is this guy right here,

I love this cleanser,

it’s really sensitive.

It’s really kind to my skin,

and I just kinda throw some of that on right there,

get that little glow up.

My skin is very sensitive.

The thick skin that it takes

to do activist work is really a metaphor.

Getting the rose water

and using this really sensitive cleanser,

it just helps to kind of neutralize?

[upbeat music]

I like to stay as natural as possible,

and one of my favorite things

to use actually is just aloe straight from the plant.

I put a little bit on,

especially in the parts

that are very, very, very sensitive.

I rub that in there.

And you wanna just give that

a couple of seconds,

or minutes ideally,

to just settle and you can always feel

that it’s sort of tightening of the pores.

‘Cause aloe is just such a natural astringent.

[upbeat music]

I like to think that beauty is non-binary.

Just like me.

And we get to choose however we relate to it,

and however we enter the conversation.

And it doesn’t have to be something

that is so highly gendered.

‘Cause when I think of beautiful,

people are never more beautiful to me,

than when they’re doing what they love.

I grew up with sort of weird looking.

You know I was straight up and down,

I didn’t have all these curves,

and I wasn’t very feminine.

So I grew up actually understanding

that I was ugly.

And I spent a long time believing that.

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