Conceived and designed by Simmy Gupta, Miss Benn is a music-box installation which pays homage to the heroine of the epic Bollywood classic Mughal-e-Azam.
The name Miss Benn was inspired by the 1970's children's books and BBC animated television series, Mr Benn, created by David McKee. Mr Benn visits a fancy dress shop, chooses an outfit and leaves through a magic world appropriate to the costume he is wearing.
Miss Benn explores themes of identity, femininity and fashion as a lovingly adorned sari-shop mannequin invites you to journey inside her imagination. Through a specially commissioned soundtrack, Nutkhut have captured a forgotten history, through interviews, anecdotes and a musical score.
This unique project brings together film history, fashion and social history within the form of an installation.
This film was shot on location at the Southbank Centre in London for Alchemy Festival 2014 by Hakan Ahmet (Big Little Productions). Miss Benn is part of a wider body of Nutkhut's work from the companies collection of original 1960's Mannequins.