Karina Griffith is a Carribean Canadian with a Bachelors in Journalism (ehem, BJ!) and a Masters in Feature Film. She came to Berlin in 2004 to produce a short documentary for the Berlin Today Award. In 2007, she came back to stay, and started working in the designroom for a German fashion brand, scouting trends and curating collections. Since then, she has been trying to make sense of the switch in her blog, www.filmisfashion.com. When she’s not pondering the connection between mode and movies, she plays soccer, practices turkish at the corner bakery, learns guitar and yes, she still makes short docs. For us, she put together an awesome show about fashion in the 1960s. Since she's awesome, we asked her to answer a few of our questions about her connection to fashion...
Actually, he was also an instrumental figure in my early fashion education. Every month, my dad would buy the latest issue of Seventeen magazine and hide it somewhere in the house for me to find. Can you just picture this big black dude at the cash register with a teeny mag every month?! What a sweetheart.
Later, when I moved to Berlin, fashion magazine were a great way to learn German. Bold headlines and lots of pictures...I've always loved the curatorial aspect of 'zines. It's something I try to bring to www.filmisfashion.com
NAmag: What is it about fashion that excites you? Is it something cultural and/or personal? Or is it something aesthetic about fashion itself?
We all have a moment of creativity when we wake up and adorn ourselves to face the day.
NAmag: One thing I started to realize as I was watching the show was JUST HOW MUCH was going on in fashion in the 60s! So many wildly different textures and shapes and patterns and inspirations! How would you characterize it as a period in fashion and what draws you to that era in particular?
NAmag: I also found myself thinking about a lot of the paired concepts of glamour and celebrity - all these famous people walking around in wildly lavish, exciting locales. How do the clothes themselves play against the people inside them and the world they inhabit?
NAmag: I don't think we can talk about fashion in the 60s without talking about sex (and who would want to really?) - so, what do you think was the legacy of this period in fashion?
That fits with the naive, and optimistic view of the future that we see in many of the designs. So much of what we imagined then has been fulfilled, if not just to satisfy our inner child that longed for it watching The Jetsons.
Questions by Network Awesome writers and editors. We're a lot of fun - you can find us at apocalypse-themed parties, museums of science and industry, and snarky media-obsessed websites.