The film for this week’s Tuesday Trailer is a witty exploration of the fashion industry. William Klein’s feature film debut was a daring satire inspired by his 10 years as a photographer at American Vogue.
Considered to be one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, Klein was also known to be the magazine’s most subversive contributor. Released in 1966, the film follows Polly Maggoo, an American model, as she embraces the Parisian haute couture scene and becomes the momentary ‘It girl’. The transition between beautiful and grotesque is heightened by Klein’s clever use of graphic elements, a practice he also used in his photographic work. The film is an aesthetic delight that cleverly uses beautiful cinematography to boldly skewer the image obsessed fashion industry.