Sunday, February 21, 2016

"LOOKING FOR STEPHEN SPROUSE" - Video documentary (28mn / 2009) - New York's fashion scene of the late 1980's - UPDATED

 In 2009, I produced and co-directed this video documentary about the late Stephen Sprouse and his collaboration with Marc Jacobs and luxury brand Louis Vuitton. 

Shooting "Looking for Stephen Sprouse" in New York was like going back in time, especially with the interviews of some of his old friends and admirors: Debbie Harry, Marc Jacobs, Christiaan Houtenbos, Jaimie Boud, Patricia Field, Candy Pratts Price, the Padilla brothers...
Invocating the ghosts of the New York art and fashion scene of the 1980's: Warhol, Basquiat, Haring... 

The first interview we shot as soon as we arrived in New York was Debbie Harry's in a club somewhere near the Meat Market. She insisted on filming while a rock band was rehearsing on the stage in the background...that wasn't easy ! 
Christiaan Houtenbos, master fashion hair stylist welcomed us in his amazing apartment with his son Pete. A wonderful and very touching moment, especially when Christiaan pulled out a mannequin and shopping bags from the old Sprouse store in well as family pictures and original Sprouse artwork.
Meeting Patricia Field was also a real treat...telling us about the 80's downtown scene in her incredible Bowery store/apartment. So was interviewing Candy Pratts Price who still lives in the midtown building where Sprouse and Debbie Harry lived at one time.
It was also wonderful to listen to Jaimie Boud, Sprouse's assistant, telling us about his relationship with Stephen and sharing memories of the Soho store and Stephen's creative instinct. Jaimie also provided us with some great archival VHS footage that can be seen in the film.


This film features archival footage of Stephen Sprouse and of the late 1980's New York fashion scene, as well as images of downtown Manhattan (East Village, Soho, Brooklyn bridge) shot in 2009 for the needs of this film.
Please note that copyrights clearance might be pending for some of the footage and soundtrack used in this film. Therefore this post is for consultation and private use only. Any broadcasting, diffusion or copying of this film is strictly forbidden. If any infrigement is brought to my attention, I will kindly remove the featured link upon documented request.

Below: screenshots from "Looking for Stephen Sprouse" (28mn / 2009 / All rights reserved)

Debbie Harry



Patricia Field

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Friday, February 19, 2016


 Please also see:
The Reservoir / Central Park
Somewhere in the "photo district" (near Chelsea)
View from Avenue A and 12th street roof
ConEd Plant / East 14th street

View of avenue B from Tompkins Park. Charlie Parker was actually living in this corner building. My friend Stella (owner of Cafe della Pace on 7ht st.) was renting his old apartment (with a great terrace) in the mid-90's.
22nd st / 7th ave.
East Houston street
East 12th street (btw.1st and A)
View from East 11th street
Cotton Club in Harlem / west end of 125th st.
East end of Canal Street / Chinatown
The Jefferson Theater before destruction
East Village mosque
Another shot of Allen Ginsberg window seen from my 12th st (corner of A) apartment. this was also the building of Richard Hell...
Mary Help of Christians Church  (Photographed from 437 East 12th - A. Ginsberg's building)
Alphabet City

Brownstones and back of the Chelsea Hotel seen from my apartment on west 22nd st.

Please also see : 

Empire State Building - Different Views Part 3 -

Flatiron Building