I Hate My Collection

I Hate My Collection

>> Stress, exhaustion, sleepless nights and of course excitement of doing something so big and so meaningful.  I have less than a year, 342 days precisely to make it happen. To get in touch with the world famous fashion designers, journalists, artists and rock stars to convenience them to talk to me about their student years in Saint Martins. The list is endless John Galliano, Christopher Kane, Gilbert and George, Stella McCartney, Jarvis Cocker and that‚Äôs only few of them let‚Äôs see who I can get ‚Ķ


CsmbuildingHow can you give me a sallivating teaser trailer such as this one for a feature length documentary entitled I Hate My Collection about all the tales and lore that went on down at the old Saint Martins school building on Charing Cross Road (now moved to King's Cross) and then tell me it might not come to full fruition.  This could be epic.  Not in the way that people use the word now but I mean it by its proper usage… grand, magnificent and a fitting tribute to all that dizzyingly inspirational history of the famed fashion school.  Budding director Oleg Mitrofanov has spent over a year and a half tirelessly contacting all the right luminaries for interviews and I believe he's only scratched the surface.  The trailer has already gathered up the likes of Julie Verhoeven (more about my own little tete a tete with her later…), Antonio Berardi, Antony Price, Manolo Blahnik and Stephen Jones.  There could be SO much more of course.  This is therefore a plea and a rallying.  Mitrofanov somehow needs to find funding to complete this project and make it into a proper feature length documentary.  I gather he's currently a junior editor at Acne Paper and has taken this film project on totally as a personal and non-profit cause which is evidenced by his blog on the film, that documents every step along the way with every interview scored, a triumph for Mitrofanov and the film.  It's equally engrossing if you're bothered to go through the pages.

This wee trailer already looks deliciously promising and with esteemed fashion historian Judith Watt onboard as co-producer and narrator, it would be a travesty if this wasn't completed.  I'm not the best person to ask about shovelling for money but err… Swarovski, Nokia, Intel, Kanon Vodka… or any other brand who likes to muscle into the sphere of fashion – perhaps they could be of assistance?  Or perhaps Conde Nast TV could take this on as an ickle side project for their new filming venture?  I'll privately try to rally up support but hopefully someone in the know and in the money will spot this and give it a fighting chance…

P.S. Also love this bit of toilet graffiti Mitrofanov unearthed…there's a ton of that on his blog…



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    2011-10-14 at 9:23 AM

    Wonderful post, Susie.

  2. fifi

    2011-10-14 at 10:35 AM

    I like the documentary 🙂

  3. fifi

    2011-10-14 at 10:37 AM

    I agree 🙂

  4. legser@gmail.com

    2011-10-14 at 12:46 PM

    I kind of missed the deadline already but still trying to make it happen! Thank you for the coverage Susie! Oleg XXX

  5. Kate

    2011-10-14 at 2:11 PM

    I cannot WAIT to see this! I feel a little bit of pride and I only did a short course there, haha.

  6. Judith Watt

    2011-10-14 at 6:42 PM

    Thank you Susie, what a great review. Central Saint Martin’s School of Fashion is such an important institution whose influence in fashion is a vital part of British culture for the past 60 years. It has been a crucible of design and art talent, from Amanda Lear to filmmakers Derek Jarman and John Maybury to fashion designers Bill Gibb and Katharine Hamnett to Galliano, Stephen Jones, John Flett and Rifat Ozbek. While its more recent Alumni is topped by the late, great Lee McQueen, it has continued to irritate, agitate, cajol, push and propel creative vision from the newer voices of Jonathan Saunders, Richard Nicoll and Christopher Kane. It is telling that that all came from a rundown building in Soho, where so many tutors worked for the love of it. There was no-where else like it in the world and a film that cherishes its past and looks to the future is long overdue.

  7. Joy

    2011-10-14 at 7:04 PM

    This seems really awesome.

  8. RIY_KA

    2011-10-14 at 7:28 PM

    WOW this is brilliant…why has nobody thought of this before, cant wait for it to come out

  9. Ashley

    2011-10-14 at 8:03 PM

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to watch the full documentary! 😀 Thanks for posting!

  10. Nemo

    2011-10-14 at 10:04 PM

    what an amazing post – I aspire to study at central st. martins one day, as many people. I spent a week over the summer at the Charing Cross Road site doing a summer school and I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to study in the iconic building before it was abandoned – forever, I was given a graffiti tour of a few of the studios and the doodles and names of so many names sprawled across the walls. The concept that this, where I was sitting, on this stool, may have been the place where some of fashion’s most creative individuals started their careers. I can’t wait to see the documentary and thank you susie, for a post that touched my heart.

  11. Haru

    2011-10-15 at 1:28 PM

    I can’t wait to see this completed, it looks so amazing! *-*

  12. Hilde

    2011-10-15 at 3:28 PM

    This looks great, I want to see more…Now! Hopefully someone will want to finance this inspiring project so it will happen.

  13. April Whitlow

    2011-10-17 at 8:37 PM

    “Stress, exhaustion, sleepless nights and of course excitement of doing something so big and meaningful.” This quote you pulled, every time I read it, tears of emotion, frustration, and passion come to my eyes–when I remember my own time as a design student. Though I attended only a humble public university in the mid-western United States and not Saint Martins; I find this subject of design-university close and intensely tied to my memories, and I believe that many designers and design students will also feel this.
    I really admire Oleg Mitrofanof for attempting this in-depth and antropologic study of some of the greatest minds to emerge from this legendary school. I find this plea and rallying to be so honest, yet from all the information also very analytical and informed, which I admire greatly!
    I hope to read some of Oleg’s blog as I have only had the chance to briefly skim a few pages. It is exciting to see the photographs and written documentation of the progress. Word by word and stitch by stitch it is amazing to see how it all comes together.

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    2011-10-19 at 5:03 AM
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  16. Lisa Matthias

    2012-12-09 at 4:20 AM

    I’ve been checking his blog quite frequently over the past year, but since there haven’t been any new posts in a long time I was wondering whether you or anyone who reads this knew how the project is developing? Has the film been fully funded yet and if no is there a place to contribute? I would personally really like to see this happen and I’m sure many others would give for this cause as well. x

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