North American Premiere!
This cinematic essay considers the history and traditions of apparel in Iran, framed by the contemporary story of Mahdis, a beautiful young woman living in Tehran who aspires to be a fashion model against her devout father’s wishes. She works at a fashion agency, where her time is spent preparing a catwalk show for male models, since women are prohibited from participating. Writer-director Alizadeh uses fascinating historical footage to skillfully trace how styles of dress have evolved in response to influences from the west and restrictions imposed by the government, including the “national feminine uniform” established by the current regime.
Preceded by Final Fitting (directed by Reza Haeri; Iran; 2008; 31 min.; subtitled) Mr. Arabpour is a master tailor and proprietor of the most famous tailor shop in Qom, Iran’s most important religious center. A spry octogenarian, for the last several decades he has been the official tailor to the most important religious leaders of the country. He speaks of the different styles and the many variations on the traditional aba and ammameh (the turban and the robe), as well as more tailored styles developed for his more reform-minded clients. – Icarus Films
The films screening on Sunday, January 30 have been moved to the Freed Auditorium at the Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose. Parking is available in the lot north of the school.