With Milan Fashion Week just around the corner, we suggest five short films to watch. Some are more famous, while others are more niche, but they all share the same goal: to discuss creativity through a medium that combines fashion and cinematography. From Luca Guadagnino for Salvatore Ferragamo to Beniamino Barrese, the director of Radical Etro, the documentary in which Marco De Vincenzo narrates his work as a creative director. There’s also a short film directed by Autumn de Wilde for Prada dating back to 2017. As mentioned earlier, we will also review two smaller projects: Body.Confy.Dance for Fantabody and Milan is Burning! directed by LEONE. Let’s take a look at them all.
RADICAL ETRO, directed by Beniamino Barrese
The first project we want to talk about is RADICAL ETRO, a short film lasting about twenty minutes that follows the creative director of the Italian fashion house, Marco De Vincenzo, in the days leading up to the Autumn/Winter 2023 runway show. It’s a sincere and realistic story that reflects the thoughts and emotions of the creative mind, filled with doubts and uncertainties. Directed by Beniamino Barrese, it’s a self-portrait that delves into the emotions of a man forced to grapple with the expectations of many people.
body.confy.dance directed by Enea Colombi
Moving on to a project from 2019, Body.Confy.Dance. Directed by Enea Colombi and created for Fantabody, a brand we’ve already discussed here, this short film is a tribute to movement, dance, and above all, the human body. These elements are nothing but a highly effective form of communication that, on screen, under the creative direction of Carolina Amoretti, harmoniously come together for a captivating result.
The Elevator – The Postman Dreams 2, directed by Autumn de Wilde
The Elevator is the fourth episode of Prada’s The Postman Dreams 2 short movie series, produced in 2017 for the holiday season. All episodes were written and directed by American filmmaker Autumn de Wilde. A delightful throwback featuring actors Elijah Wood and Natalia Dyer, this piece brings uncommon atmospheres to the stage, inspired by desire and pleasure. The true star here is the Prada Galleria, a common thread throughout all the episodes.
Milan is Burning! directed by LEONE
LEONE, the director of Milan is Burning!, takes us to a safe place: the ballroom. Nominated in the Best Documentary category at this year’s Milan Fashion Film Festival, the short film tells a profound story about the ballroom scene, which emerged among LGBTQ+, Latina, and Black communities in the ’70s and ’80s. It goes beyond performance, conveying a deep narrative through dance, recounting the story of those who lacked a space for self-expression, freedom, communication, and performance.
Salvatore Ferragamo SS21 Advertising Campaign directed by Luca Guadagnino
We’re still in Milan, and the protagonists of this short film created for Salvatore Ferragamo’s advertising campaign are Mariacarla Boscono, Maggie Cheng, Jonas Glöer, Samer Rahma, and Anok Yai. Directed by Luca Guadagnino, watching this short film exudes the typical atmosphere of Italian director’s films. Inspiration is drawn from Hitchcock’s cinematography, all conceived in collaboration with the creative director of the time, Paul Andrew.