Hailed as the “Mother of Modernism”, the name Eileen Gray is back on everyone’s lips as biopic The Price of Desire premieres this month at the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, running March 19-29. Here’s how to delve deeper into Graymania.
THE FILM: Directed by Mary McGuckian and starring Orla Brady (above) and Alanis Morissette, The Price of Desire is centred around a love triangle at Gray’s E-1027 modernist villa in the south of France. The film’s proceeds will go towards restoring the now-decaying villa.
THE FASHION: Irish couturier Peter O’Brien provides the gorgeous costumes for The Price of Desire. A former theatre designer – and former head of design at Rochas – we couldn’t think of a better man for the job. “[Designing for] theatre is much more fun as one designs for character,” O’Brien told us in 2013. “But mainly because one doesn’t have to impress the buyers.”
THE BOOK: To delve a little deeper into Gray’s fascinating career, get Jennifer Goff’s Eileen Gray: Her Work and Her World (d35.95; www.irishacademicpress.ie). The curator of furniture at the National Museum or Ireland, Goff is a leading expert on Eileen Gray, and her book presents some rarely seen documents alongside stunning visuals.
THE LOOK: Get Eileen Gray’s furniture designs at Minima, which sells iconic pieces like the adjustable steel and glass E–1027 table, from €760. The table was designed in 1929 for the villa featured in The Price of Desire and is now part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. www.minimafurniture.co.uk
What’s trending in March
1. The First Signs of Spring
Gardening is a lot like fashion, when you think about it, with its long lead times, careful planning, emphasis on design and occasional drama. And flowers and gardens are a naturally beautiful backdrop for fashion too. At the Marni flower market pop-up during Milan Fashion Week last autumn, buyers and fashion press mingled around huge colourful shoppers filled with blooms and went home with spring bulbs in pretty printed cartons. (We wonder how many were actually planted?). At Stella McCartney’s Resort show last month in a garden on Elizabeth Street in New York, models walked on gravel paths and a food truck dispensed root beer floats and lavender margaritas. If you resolve to venture into your garden this month, further inspiration comes in the form of an impressive new book, Gardens (Roads, €45). The most famous gardens in the world feature – the National Botanic Gardens and Powerscourt included.
The Prada Universe
Addicted to Prada? You’re in luck. The brand has opened up its back catalogue on the recently redesigned Prada.com. The Future Archive shares almost 30 years of material, including iconic shows, collaborations, campaigns and special projects. “A visual and intellectual resource for the curious imagination,” according to Prada themselves. Find it on www.prada.com.
The Colour Pop
Add a splash of colour to your look – Italian accessories brand Furla, celebrated for its vivid colour palette, is new to Arnotts. “Furla is about energy, life and colours,” says Mario Testino, world-class photographer and Furla’s new creative partner. “When I look at the product, I imagine whoever is wearing it is having a great time.” This season’s collection features punchy hibiscus orange, cobalt blue and the sumptuous jade-green Alice tote seen in Testino’s campaign shot, €590.
This story appears in the March issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday April 2