Directed by Alexander Haessner, flowing garments and body doubles take center stage in Twilite Dancer, a fashion film that merges futuristic fashion with digital landscapes and high intensity music to create an out of body experience for anyone who comes into contact with the energetic piece of cinematography.
Models Sam Ypma and Jia Jing juxtapose each other with their respective peroxide blonde and ebony locks, as designs from Comme des Garcons, Sonia Rykiel, Oscar de la Renta, Saint Laurent Rive Gauche, Bob Bugnand, Ossie Clarkand, Walter Steiger, Pauline Trigere, Patrick Kelly, Zandra Rhodes and Joanna Mastroianni come alive.
Haessner told Portable:
“The inspiration for that piece came from going out, dancing all night long; a merge between dance moves and lights. Instead of using different locations there are different garments suggesting another time and place. I also distanced myself having models just ‘dance’ so I hired the choreographer and dancer Geneva Jenkins from the Martha Graham Dance Company to learn and perform specific contemporary techniques and movements that are applied for each look. In the editing process those movements were modified with either accelerating them, slowing them down, or chopping them into sequences.”
This is seen through the way mesh capes and explosions of tulle joining to the models extremities elongate their already statuesque figures making them almost alien-esque in proportion. Set to a score from Machinedrum who partially wrote the score for the equally unique Black Swan from Darren Aronofsky, Fantastix, is in itself a skittish adventure into another dimension which accompanies Twilite Dancer perfectly as it twists and turns with the movements of each and every avant garde garment.
Haessner’s directorial techniques ensure that the fashion a highlight and each artistic element moulds itself to one another, whether it be movement, music or light installation. Going to the discotheque never looked so good!
[written by Jenna Hawkins at portable.tv]
Twilite Dancer was also featured on Imagine Fashions Website on April 19th, 2012!