Sunday, December 28, 2008

By The Pricking Of My Thumbs

Something Moffitt this way comes.




"Basic Black"

About "Basic Black" Peggy Moffitt's husband William Claxton wrote:
“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.”

A short but fab 2001 interview. Moffitt's husband Claxton was an amazing photographer, and with his shots of her was partly responsible for creating her striking image. Sadly he passed away in October this year, and Richele has written a lovely tribute over at Richie Design.

Peggy Moffitt. We LOVE her.


thombeau said...


(In an unrelated note, the "Moon Men" post on Fabulon made me think of you. Perhaps a past life thing?)

The Other Andrew said...


(Funny you should say that, I think I might have even let out a little squeal at your Moon Men post! LOVE YOU.)