Georgina Chapman’s Fashion Fairytale

By  August 07, 2013

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.

Q:

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.

 
Q:

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.

 

 

 
Q:

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.

 
Q:

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.

 
Q:

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.