The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Gloucestershire Edition

Free Fashion and Arts Film Site

12 Feb 2017

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OK people, if you’ve overdosed on drama (Taboo, Apple Tree Yard, Homeland – gotta love the winter telly schedules) and fancy something a bit different, then check out Made To Measure (M2M), an unbelievable treasure trove of classic fashion films, documentaries, catwalk shows (it’s already got the best of New York Fashion Week up there) and original programming, which is free (!), but I bet it won’t be for long.

When I first stumbled across it I was practically hyperventilating with excitement at the content. There’s Nicolas Roeg’s 1976 sci-fi classic The Man Who Fell to Earth starring David Bowie at his out-there best, a quirky series, Tea at The Beatrice, in which GQ’s former ‘style guy’ Glenn O’Brien interviews the likes of Baz Luhrmann, Gisele and Richard Prince at the upscale New York chophouse, and three documentaries David Bailey made in the early 1970s on Cecil Beaton, Italian Death in Venice director Luchino Visconti and Andy Warhol. The last was banned at the time (1973) for being ‘shocking’, ‘revolting’ and ‘offensive’ (guess what? it isn’t). But it is a unique glimpse into the spaced-out world of Warhol and his Factory entourage.

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But the two documentaries that had me glued to the screen for a whole Sunday afternoon and evening (noone wanted supper, did they?) were The Legacy of Alexander McQueen, which brilliantly chronicles the pure genius of the late designer, and The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women about Erwin Blumenfeld, the German Jewish photographer who fled to New York in 1941 and went on to reinvent the fashion shoot. His trick to soften the faces of the subjects he was photographing (including Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly) was to ask them to marry him just before he took the shot. I’ll remember that next time I take a selfie! (Self-love is good, no?)

There’s tons more: lots of the latest catwalk shows, with slo-mos of slebs air-kissing and pouting as they settle themselves on the frow; a profile on Twiggy: The Face of the 60s; documentaries about Christian Dior, Diana Vreeland, Bill Cunningham… I could go on, but I’ve just spotted a film about fashion in the 1990s. See you in an hour, or two.

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m2m.tv. Available for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Xbox

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