“In 1967 Peggy and I had just returned from ’swinging London’ and Paris to work in New York. We were commissioned by a small commercial production company to come up with something which would serve as my ‘reel’ in order to get hired to direct TV commercials. While sitting on our bed at the Algonquin Hotel, we collaborated in writing a shooting script that would show fashion, makeup, and hair on three beautiful models wearing the fashion designs of avant-garde Rudi Gernreich’s collection for that fall. We shot the film on a weekend, had original music composed for the sound track and ‘Basic Black’ was born. It was very well received, won several awards and has been referred to as the first fashion video.” - William Claxton
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Vintage Video: Basic Black
Take a few minutes and view this fantastic fashion video shot by William Claxton of his wife and model Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich's pieces. It's a stunner.