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An online screening of hypnotic fashion satire IN FABRIC, exclusive live Q&A with director Peter Strickland plus a public Masterclass.

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The Capitol and RMIT University present an exclusive online event for fashion victims, film fetishists and anyone with a haunting affection for department stores. The triple bill includes an online screening of Peter Strickland's seductive, consumerist satire, In Fabric (2018), followed by a live conversation between the director and film critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas on Saturday 12 September, and a public masterclass on Monday 14 September, when Strickland and In Fabric costume designer Jo Thompson (This is England, Little Birds) will deep-dive into the topics of fashion victims, desire, bodies and consumption with Dr Ricarda Bigolin, Associate Dean of Fashion and Textiles Design at RMIT. All events will screen at

With In Fabric, acclaimed British filmmaker Peter Strickland — writer-director behind sadomasochistic romance The Duke of Burgundy (2014) and the unnerving giallo-homage Berberian Sound Studio (2012) — delivers a seductively frightening, darkly humorous tale. The film follows a lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) who visits a bewitched London department store. Amongst the gothic strangeness there, she finds a perfectly-fitting, artery-red gown which in time unleashes a malevolent curse on all who wear it.

Shot by Australian cinematographer Ari Wegner (True History of the Kelly Gang, Lady Macbeth), and featuring a seductively unsettling score by Tim Gane (Stereolab, Cavern of Anti-Matter), In Fabric also stars Fatma Mohamed, Gwendoline Christie, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram, Hayley Squires and Leo Bill. It is Strickland’s most twisted and brilliantly original vision yet.

Watch the trailer here.

“Part British-horror homage and part Freudian nightmare, this fetishistic ghost story is a singularly warped vision of haunted couture.” – David Fear, Rolling Stone

Triple bill includes:

+ In Fabric – The film will be made available to stream online for 24 hours between 7pm Fri 11 Sep and 4.59 Mon 14 Sep

+ A live in-conversation with director Peter Strickland and film critic Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, 7pm Sat 12 Sep

+ A Masterclass on Fashion Victims, Desire, Bodies and Consumption, 530pm Monday 14 Sep. Dr Ricarda Bigolin, Associate Dean of Fashion and Textiles Design at RMIT will lead the panel with director Peter Strickland and In Fabric costume designer Jo Thompson (This is England, Little Birds).

General Admission Tickets $14+BF.

$1 from every sale will be donated to The Social Studio, a fashion business dedicated to improving the lives of young Australians who come from a refugee or migrant background.

RMIT Students can access exclusive free tickets when booking (you must provide your student number when registering). Please note this is strictly one ticket per person (yes, we do check!) and tickets are limited. If you don't provide a current RMIT student number your ticket will be deemed invalid and you will not be sent the event links.

NOTE: You will be sent a code to watch the film for 24 hours prior to the event time of 7pm Sat 12 Sep, offering you flexibility to watch the film anytime beforehand. For an optimum viewing experience, we recommend starting the film no later than 4.30pm on Sat 12 Sep and joining us straight after for the live broadcast Q&A. Details and links will be emailed to you. *added note - this viewing window has been extended and the film is now available to watch until 4.59pm Mon 14 Sep*

By registering you also have the opportunity to pre-submit your questions for consideration during the Q&A and/or the Masterclass.

In Fabric is rated MA15+.

This event is open to Australian and New Zealand residents.

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