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Until last week I’d never heard of Mademoiselle Agnès, a French television personality and fashion insider and portrayer of young, raw fashion talents. She thinks that Paris is dead for young designers seeing that it is impossible to top the gilded fashion houses of Paris, and has highlighted some of her favorite new designers in her mini-documentaries. I’ve recently watched a series of her videos she has made with the The Sundance Channel called Full Frontal Fashion. A hand-held camera follows Mademoiselle Agnès from Rodarte’s front row face-off between Tavi and the Ice Queen to Alber’s (Lanvin) somber mental state wondering where has all of the glamour, romance and class has gone in fashion? If you’ve wished to catch a glimpse of the hidden interiors of fashion designer’s studios and showrooms or have the desire to see close ups of runway shows or catch some rare interviews, you should tune in.

No matter how jaded one can get from working in the industry, or sick and tired of all of the inauthentic buzz about fashion, these 1-off videos exude a passion and intensity which makes me shiver and want to get to work! Try that for inspiration.


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    Jan 15, 2010, 09.38 PMby gentlegemdesignes

    I think couture fashion will always be around and its a very hard club to join. I think Paris will always be the center of the fashion world . The other cities are giving them a run for their design ablity, those. The video was great and the 13 year old reporter is inspiration to us all.

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    Jan 15, 2010, 03.13 PMby Jacqueline Kellly

    The videos are very inspirational indeed! =) Thanks for sharing. Jackie Ayres

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    Jan 15, 2010, 05.33 AMby mlssfshn

    I’ll have to watch the videos. WWII and Hollywood, has forever changed how fashion is delivered to the public. Fashion Houses use to dictate what was fashionable, now a designer can claw their way to the top from almost anywhere. It’s sad to see the artistry that goes into a couture garment really being lost to our fast food approach to fashion. I haven’t watched the video, but I don’t see opportunity being lost for a designer just because they don’t go to Paris, I see it as Paris loosing ground to other fashion forward cities.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 12.47 AMby tasallison

    yay finally colour! top left and bottom right are my favs.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 12.01 AMby couturecutie

    Love the colors, but not the……

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    Jan 13, 2010, 12.33 PMby cgm5498

    I luv luv luv the colors!

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    Jan 13, 2010, 09.43 AMby loyl8

    excited to take a look. Thanks ;)

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    Jan 13, 2010, 07.17 AMby Kris, for Kristopher K Design

    fantastic post – thanks :)

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    Jan 13, 2010, 12.57 AMby liola

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I heard about it but didn’t know where to find it!

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    Jan 12, 2010, 09.15 PMby smvphotography

    love love love the dress on the bottom left. who’s the designer? i’ll definitely have to check out that show!

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      Jan 13, 2010, 09.43 AMby loyl8

      that dress is gorgeous

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      Jan 13, 2010, 12.33 PMby cgm5498

      wow that is an ah-mazing dress!!

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      Jan 19, 2010, 03.55 PMby alisondahl

      Bibhu Mohapatra is the designer featured bottom left. The designer (who put in time at J. Mendel before going solo) became intrigued with X-rays after being subjected to a series for his new green card.

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      Jan 19, 2010, 04.42 PMby smvphotography

      very cool stuff! thanks for letting me know!

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      Jan 19, 2010, 06.16 PMby alisondahl

      I trashed the original documents with all of the designer’s names by mistake, I was planning to include them all with my collage. Next time I will be more careful;)

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      Jan 20, 2010, 03.02 PMby smvphotography

      no worries. Bibhu’s clothes are fascinating! Definitely gave me some ideas. Thanks Alison!

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