Most car companies might celebrate their 110th anniversary with a new model, maybe a redesigned hubcap or a special chair cover. Vauxhall Motors marked theirs by commissioning Katy England to direct a short film.
A new skill to add to her repertoire, the 5:56 minute piece is England’s first turn in the director’s chair.
As she tells the camera in a special behind the scenes clip – available to watch here – “I’ve worked for 20 years making fashion images and I’ve worked in film and stills, but this is just really an extension of what I do.”
What she does, and has been doing for the last two decades, is style. A close collaborator of Alexander McQueen and previously Fashion Director at Dazed & Confused, more recently she’s worked on menswear at Givenchy with Riccardo Tisci, and with Tom Ford on his own label womenswear collections.
‘Made in England’, as the film is called, sees Katy responsible for directing, styling and casting. Frank Lebon – a.k.a Martine Rose’s lone SS14 figure at LC:M – and Josh Quinton, the dark haired gentleman in the plastic mac at Claire Barrow’s September show, both feature.
England’s husband Bobby Gillespie also makes a small cameo, while Primal Scream’s 'Nothing is Real / Nothing is Unreal' plays overhead.
Totally streetcast and swerving from the countryside to the centre of town, the film takes on the theme of ‘youth culture and style’ with the kind of understanding and relevance a lengthy career provides.
Still in his early twenties, Clash contributor Cameron Alexander is responsible for the behind the scenes shots, and announced today that 13 stills from the film are to go on display. The exhibition will run for two weeks at Somerset House, from 22nd November.
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