Jürgen Doering joined us for an exclusive on-stage conversation about designing the various wardrobes for Olivier Assayas’s Personal Shopper and working with the established filmmaker and actress Kristen Stewart.
dir: Olivier Assayas
with Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Sigrid Bouaziz
France/Germany | 2016 | 105 mins | cert. 15 | col
Maureen is an American girl living in Paris and working as a high-fashion personal shopper tending to the needs of a celebrity. The real reason for her to be in Paris is, however, to make contact with her deceased twin brother, who was, like her, a medium. Contrasted against her day job of Chanel fittings and trips to Christian Louboutin is a series of supernatural phenomena and a stalker who harasses her via her phone.
Following their previous collaboration on the acclaimed Clouds of Sils Maria, Kristen Stewart reunites with director Olivier Assayas and Costume Designer Jürgen Doering in an engaging and visually stunning psychological thriller.
As in Clouds of Sils Maria, Stewart’s character assists a famous woman and the wardrobes created by Doering alternate between casual and glamorous. Maureen’s modest wardrobe, composed mostly of jeans, polos, leather jackets and sweaters, contrasts with her employer’s high-fashion wardrobe, and helps create the dark mood of her life.
A key moment is when she slips into a stunning Chanel metallic dress which, with the help of Yorick Le Saux’s cinematography, helps to highlight the glamorous but dark atmosphere of the film, yet avoiding the obvious, as Stewart is one of Chanel’s faces.
ABOUT JÜRGEN DOERING
Jürgen Doering’s career is short, but outstanding. The German-born, Paris-based Costume Designer, has created costumes for Jane Fonda and Geraldine Chaplin (All Together), Sophie Marceau (Lol), Cécile de France (Summertime) and other French stars. His collaboration with filmmaker Olivier Assayas starts as early as 2002 in Demon Lover, in which he actually plays the Stylist and follows with Clean, Paris, je t’aime, the TV mini-series Carlos, Something in the Air, Clouds of Sils Maria and Personal Shopper.
ABOUT JOANA GRANERO SÁNCHEZ
Founder of Fashion & Cinema, Joana Granero Sánchez is also a speaker, producer and Director of the London Spanish Film Festival. As a speaker she has interviewed actors and filmmakers such as Javier Bardem, Greta Scacchi, Emilia Fox, Andres Velencoso, Carlos Saura and Matt Tyrnauer.