Charles Kleibacker Film Festival
August 18, 19 & 20

The tenth annual Charles Kleibacker Film Festival celebrates the legacy of a style icon through fashion-inspired film. This year, the Festival is proud to present three films, Martin Margiela: In His Own Words, Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist, and Dries.

Tickets are $5 and support the Charles Kleibacker Endowed Fund for Excellence
Complimentary refreshments will be available

Please note that Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is recommended for adult audiences, and limited seating is available. To guarantee a seat, please make a reservation early.

Martin Margiela: In His Own Words

A film by Reiner Holzemer, 94 minutes

One of the most revolutionary and influential fashion designers of his time, Martin Margiela has remained an elusive figure the entirety of his decades-long career. From Jean Paul Gaultier’s assistant to creative director at Hermès to leading his own House, Margiela never showed his face publicly and avoided interviews, but reinvented fashion with his radical style through forty-one provocative collections. Now, for the first time, the “Banksy of fashion” reveals his drawings, notes, and personal items in this exclusive, intimate profile of his vision.

Thursday, August 18
6:00 PM



Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist

A film by Lorna Tucker, 80 minutes

Since igniting the punk movement with ex-partner and Sex Pistols’ manager Malcolm McLaren, Dame Vivienne Westwood has been redefining British fashion for over 40 years, and is responsible for creating many of the most distinctive looks of our time. The film blends archive, beautifully crafted reconstruction, and insightful interviews with Vivienne’s fascinating network of collaborators, guiding us on her journey from a childhood in postwar Derbyshire to the runways of Paris and Milan. This is an intimate and poignant homage to one of the true cultural icons of our time, as she fights to maintain her brand’s integrity, her principles and her legacy in a business driven by consumerism, profit and global expansion.

Please note that Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is recommended for adult audiences.

Friday, August 19
6:00 PM




A film by Reiner Holzemer, 80 minutes

For the first time, fashion designer Dries Van Noten allows a filmmaker to accompany him in his creative process and rich home life. For an entire year, Reiner Holzemer documents the precise steps that Dries takes to conceive of four collections, the rich fabrics, embroidery and prints exclusive to his designs, as well as the emblematic fashion shows that bring his collections to the world and have become cult must-sees at Paris Fashion Week. This film offers an insight into the life, mind and creative heart of a master fashion designer who, for more than 25 years, has remained independent in a landscape of fashion consolidation and globalization.

Saturday, August 20
2:00 PM


Support for this program was generously provided by Geraldine Schottenstein Hoffman and the Charles Kleibacker Endowed Fund for Excellence. Established to honor the Charles Kleibacker’s commitment to Columbus and to design, the Fund supports, among other things, public programs that address broad issues of art and culture.

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