As an Australian finalist for the prestigious International Woolmark Prize in 2012, designer Magdalena Velevska is enjoying a steady climb to the forefront of fashion labels we’re excited about. Charlie Ford is a young filmmaker on the rise whose debut short film Stone recently screened at the 2012 Cannes and Melbourne Film Festivals. So it makes somewhat perfect sense that these two young creatives would unite on a project as individual as their shared bodies of work.
Whilst the film follows luminous local actress Alyssa McClelland as a lone character exploring an abandoned airport, the real star of the film is Velevska’s stunning crimson dress, her entry for the International Woolmark Prize. Though Velevska missed out on the final prize, losing to the unstoppable Dion Lee, she was chosen as one of the ‘The Australian Five’ to showcase her acclaimed collection in New York City.
The disjointed nature of the Velevska-designed dress mirrors the narrative of the film, which at first seems straight forward but jumps, fragments and distorts as the scene plays out. It’s certainly a fruitful meeting of minds between the cinematic, orchestral feeling of Ford’s filmic work and the cyber-chic mentality behind Velevska’s. Though Velevska was originally drawn to the idea of aviation and a central character who is ‘”a sort of Amelia Earhart”, the final piece is deeper and darker, just like the careful layers and folds that adorn its crimson centerpiece.