William Banks-Blaney BBC


SMALL SCREEN FASHION: “I really want people to see fashion, and vintage in particular, for all its many positives,” said William Vintage founder William Banks-Blaney about the production of “Lights Camera Fashion!,” the four-part online documentary he’s hosting that begins Nov. 18.

The program, produced by BBC Arts, will focus on the vintage specialist who has dressed celebrities including Naomi Campbell, Amal Clooney and Tilda Swinton. The series will highlight key cinematic fashion moments including Audrey Hepburn’s black dress in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” Alicia Silverstone’s skirt suit in “Clueless,” Catherine Deneuve’s white collared dress in “Belle de Jour,” and Diane Keaton’s ensembles in “Annie Hall.” In addition, he will delve into how fashion, feminism and society have affected a range of movies.

“From shaping film plotlines and movie stars’ careers to nurturing real design talent, fashion affects us all far more than simply what we wear,” Banks-Blaney said. “You can’t look at films without looking at their context, and you can’t look at fashion without looking at its context, too. The heart of both fields is the empowerment and evolution of women in society, that’s what really thrills me, seeing social change shape everything from fashion to film to music to our lives generally. I want to make every woman fall in love with vintage, and fall back in love with fashion.”

No stranger to the small screen, Banks-Blaney was first filmed appearing in four episodes of Rachel Zoe’s reality show “The Rachel Zoe Report.” The idea for series came about when Banks-Blaney was a headline speaker for the Hay Literary Festival for his book “25 Dresses.” The festival was filmed by BBC, which later approached him to discuss his ideas on fashion.

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