Blood, sweat, tears (and lots of bitching, we’re sure)

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L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is on its way in March, and in conjunction with it the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) is presenting ‘Fashion Models On Film’, a program that explores the modelling industry from just about every angle.

From the inner workings of a 1980s agency to the success of 1990s supermodels, right through to the state of modelling today, audiences will witness the blood, sweat, tears (and bitching, we’re sure) that ooze out of an industry otherwise viewed as glamorous by the time the end product is paraded down the runway.

Part of the program will be the screening of the documentary ‘Catwalk: Milan, Paris, New York’ which trails the industry at a time when supermodels ruled the roost. In it, Christy Turlington exemplifies how being genetically blessed can be turned into an artform as she parades collections from the various fashion capitals of the world, joined by big-wigs Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Carla Bruni, and a startlingly youthful Kate Moss. Malcolm McLaren provided the soundtrack, of course.

Says ACMI Film Programmer, James Nolen, “Here’s an opportunity to live vicariously through the lives of four decades of fashion models, from cult documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s ‘Model’, right up to the latest parades from the Paris runways, you’ll see models in a whole new light.”

‘Fashion Models On Film’ runs at ACMI in Melbourne from March 10th to 17th as part of the 2011 L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Tickets are $14 ($11 with concession and $10 for ACMI Members). Phone (03) 8663 2583 for more information.