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Everything started with the meeting between the fashion designer Johanne Riss and the director Bavo Defurne (North Sea Texas). With his team, they already had pictured what kind of dresses they wanted for Bavo’s next film, Souvenir. In their ideal of glamour, they asked Johanne to design a sequin dress. But, because of her avant-garde mind, Johanne Riss went a step further in the idea of red carpet and sensuality. She designed a golden palms embroidered nude gown. Almost immediately, she gave the design its final touch by adding endless silk chiffons, as Isabelle Huppert had to dance for some scenes. The Souvenir team quickly understood that Johanne should only create the character’s stage costumes on to making the designer’s dresses even more remarkable.

For the second dress, the green one, the actress Isabelle Huppert wished for a Peter Pan collar. She loves that type of design. Johanne Riss taught it was a fantastic idea and customised the dress by creating a semi-precious stones embroidered Peter Pan collar. She stayed faithful to her own brand by completing the look with her sensual open back and iconic arm sleeves.

For whom who know the brand, few of the designer’s clothes come with a zip closure. However, for the narrative spine of the film, this type of closure was added on the two dresses. We can say that this zipper became a character itself in Souvenir.

Copyright - Fabrizio Maltese Bonjour Pictures/Deal Productions/ Frakas Prod/ Avenue B.

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