Harley Weir & Grace Wales Bonner New Film

Text by George Douglas – Davies (Dazed Digital)

London-based menswear designer Grace Wales Bonner and photographer Harley Weir have a history of working together on films that spotlight alternative views of masculinity around the world. While previous films have seen them travel to India and Senegal, the latest – entitled ‘Practice’ – centres around Leroy Mokgatle, a 17-year-old ballet dancer from Pretoria, South Africa.

Styled by frequent collaborator Tom Guinness, the short film debuted at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in June. It follows Mokgatle through a collage of dance scenes that span from Johannesburg to Cape Town, where he interacts with a suburban environment which becomes his unconventional stage. Dressed in Wales Bonner’s AW17 collection, he prances up escalators and spins around store fronts before ending in a dimly-lit nightclub, dancing on a pole. Adding to the atmosphere is the score to the film, provided by Dev Hynes – AKA Blood Orange.

“Film feels like a rich medium through which to expand my world, opening up new possibilities for collaboration, research, and communication,” said Wales Bonner about her choice to present the clothes in this way. “Harley’s eye and Dev’s intuition really brought this to life. I have been so motivated and inspired by the team, and the dancers I met along the way. The film is a testament to them.””

Watch the film below: HERE

 

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Films from the Fashion & Freedom project

‘The Fall of the Corset’ – Spanish director Rei Nadal unites with designer Phoebe English, stylist Ellie Grace Cumming and model Guinevere Van Seenus on a work exploring the way the war affected the traditional popularity of the corset and the expectations on women to wear one

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‘Workwear’ – German filmmaker Marie Schuller teams with acclaimed London-based designer Craig Green on a film exploring the ascent of women’s workwear.

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Magazine of the week

Hot and Cool magazine was set up by Fashion photographer Theo Sion and model Alice Goddard. It shows a range of projects – fashion photography editorials (edgier than most magazines), art photography and illustration. You can buy it from Village – or browse the latest issue in college. Here’s a selection of work from previous issues.

From issue 10 – photography by Theo Sion

 

From issue 6

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