Fabian Constant’s 2013 documentary “Mademoiselle C” flows smoothly and allows you to be a fly on the wall in the sometimes strange, sometimes fast pace, and sometimes wildly absurd world of fashion magazines, New York glamour and crisp Parisian fame.
The film, mostly in French with English subtitles, follows fashion designer Carine Roitfeld as she sets out to create her own fashion magazine, CR Fashion Book, in New York after having achieved fame and influence in her field during her 10-year stint as the editor-in-chief for the megaphone voice of fashion, Vogue Paris.
Viewers are provided with a firsthand look at the headaches and highlights of the intense process of putting together a fashion magazine as Roitfeld and her team balance time, money and artistic vision.
Roitfeld’s charm and passion for her work seem to encompass the culture of the fashion world.
The film carefully avoids making any definitive statements about this as it cautiously stands back and observes scenes such as a nude photo shoot in a graveyard, and a model fainting while posing for a photo in which she was pretending to faint.
But beside the glamour and the finesse and the money and the sweat that go into fashion today, Roitfeld is most concerned with the stories that she tries to convey within her photographs and within the heart of her magazine, which she sees as a chance to present her vision and story.
This film is sure to be enjoyed by those interested in the fashion world, business, and design, as well as those simply fascinated by stories of new beginnings.
Make sure to check out “Mademoiselle C” in Taylor Little Theatre this Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. for a dollar.