An intimate portrait of Antonio Lopez, the most influential fashion illustrator of 1970s Paris and New York, and his colourful and sometimes outrageous milieu. Featuring Jessica Lange, Jerry Hall, Karl Lagerfeld, Bill Cunningham, Yves Saint Laurent and many more.

Antonio and Nancy North at Café Bonaparte, Paris, 1972. Photograph by Juan Ramos © Copyright The Estate of Antonio Lopez and Juan Ramos, 2012. From From Sex Fashion & Disco directed by James Crump. Used by permission.

COMPLETED

Filmmakers: James Crump
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Format: HD




STORY

Sex Fashion & Disco concerns Antonio Lopez, the Puerto Rican-born, Harlem- and Bronx-raised illustrator of 1970s New York and Paris, and his colorful and sometimes outrageous milieu. It delves deep into the period marked by the decline of classic couture and the nascent rise of prêt-á-porter or ready-to-wear; a development that would upend the existing aristocratic hierarchy thus making fashion designers and their entourages the rock stars of a new seventies society. It is a magical moment where the demimonde—homosexuality, club life and blurred gender lines—rises above ground in a euphoric push toward a kind of utopian ideal. Fleeing the latent racism of the dominant American magazines, Antonio moves to Paris where he gives fashion a much needed injection of ethnicity and sexuality. The film explores the intimate relationship between Antonio and Karl Lagerfeld, while unpacking Lagerfeld’s deep-seated rivalry with Yves Saint Laurent. Counted among Antonio’s discoveries included many women of color—Pat Cleveland, Grace Jones, Carole LaBrie, Amina Warsuma and Alva Chinn—and unusual beauties that broke the mould such as Jerry Hall, Donna Jordan and Jane Forth. Many have described the “innocence” of this particular moment of freedom when everything seemed possible and attainable. The intensity of this convergence of personalities, ambition and self-destruction would give way to acrimony and the breakup of once intimate friendships and the beginning of a decidedly far more decadent end to the decade saturated by drug use and addiction, sexual promiscuity and the dark cloud of AIDS hovering in the distance. Sex Fashion & Disco arrives with political potency and a newfound and unexpected resonance in Trump’s America.  

Also featuring Grace Coddington, Joan Juliet Buck, Jessica Lange, Bill Cunningham, Bob Colacello and Tina Chow. 

Film soundtrack features music by Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Isaac Hayes, Curtis Mayfield, Chic and the Temptations. 

 

FILMMAKER

James Crump made his directorial debut at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival with BLACK WHITE + GRAY, featuring the influential and legendary curator and collector Sam Wagstaff and artist Robert Mapplethorpe. In 2013, BLACK WHITE + GRAY was named among Blouin ArtInfo’s 20 Must-Watch Artist
Documentaries. Crump’s latest film, TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART premiered at the 2015 New York Film Festival and in Europe at Fondazione Prada, Milan, Italy.