Georgina Chapman is no stranger to the magic of Hollywood. As a cinephile and Harvey Weinstein’s wife, she has been exposed to some great talents – and dresses them too. At Marchesa, Chapman creates fairy tales with fashion, but recently carried her ethereal vision to film. Chapman partnered with Canon U.S.A. and Ron Howard to direct a short for Canon’s Project Imaginat10n. Her film, “A Dream of Flying”, is a love story containing the same element of fantasy that her garments convey. We checked in with Chapman, who took a break from her directorial debut, to hear about her creative process.
What was it like for you to transition from fashion to film?A:
I just really, really loved it. I had the best time. I've been thrown in headfirst. I wasn't sure what to expect, and sometimes that's just the most fun way. And it's really inspired me for Marchesa as well. It's just been great.
How is the design process similar to making a movie?A:
Yes, it is a different process, but a lot of it is similar. Like I start with mood boards the same way I do with any collection, and obviously the costumes are incredibly important to me, and the colors and the aesthetic of the movie. It's been an incredible experience.
While you were studying to be a designer, you had a few acting stints yourself. What was your first role?A:
Well, this is taking me back a bit now. I studied costume design and theater design and I was modeling at the time to earn money while I was at college. And sometimes castings for movies came up, so I went to a couple. The first part I landed was [a part in movie] called Sons & Lovers, which is a D. H. Lawrence book; it was an adaptation. And that was for British television. That was great – it was all corsets and beautiful costumes.
What is your favorite movie of all time?A:
I really couldn't say one film. I think that so many different films speak to you. I have to say Once Upon a Time in America is just such a musical movie. And then you have a movie like Pulp Fiction, which just took my breath away the first time I saw it. It's so smart and so fresh and new. But it's impossible to say.
What's your go-to Instagram filter?A:
I'm not on Instagram – I must be the only person not on Instagram.
Editor's note: As a self-described “magpie”, Chapman would probably post the kind of glitter-filled photos we love to heart. We're hoping she creates an account before Fashion Week is over.