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Notebook on Cities and Clothes U rating

Wim Wenders helms this unusual but intimate documentary following pioneering fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto as he prepares for a fashion show in Paris.

Animation & Artists Moving Image 1989 81 mins

Director: Wim Wenders


In 1989, Wim Wenders was commissioned to make a film about fashion and its place in contemporary society. Initially bemused by the offer, he chose to focus on a designer whose work he was familiar with and felt comfortable in, Yohji Yamamoto. The final product is an intimate portrait of a consummate professional and an engaging exploration of the visual medium.

Notebook On Cities and Clothes gradually transforms from a meditation on our relationship with fashion to an exploration of visual representation, creating a dialogue between the language of fashion and that of film. Both are rapidly changing forms of communication, whose progressiveness is often breathtaking. As Yamamoto constantly searches for new modes of expression, Wim Wenders embraces video technology, which offers more flexibility when recording such a fast-paced world.