Fashion designer Miguel Adrover - eccentric, visionary and freethinker. This is the story of a Majorcan farmer’s son, who left his homeland to conquer the Big Apple’s fashion scene. All at once, Adrover was the dreamlike embodiment of the American success story. The decline that followed, was just as rapid. In a trice the highly respected fashion designer found himself again with nothing! This documentary follows Miguel Adrover, former enfant terrible of New York’s fashion scene, somewhere between yesterday and today, recognition and trauma. Fashion designer Miguel Adrover. Eccentric, visionary and freethinker. This is the tale of the farmer's son from Mallorca who left home to conquer the New York fashion scene. The immigrant who scaled the giddying heights of success and realized the American Dream before a series of unfortunate events suddenly brought him face to face with abject failure. In June 2000 the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded Miguel Adrover the "Perry Ellis Award for Womenswear". The press and the fashion industry agreed: Miguel was definitely the latest star on the scene. They loved his deconstructivist designs where he turned everything inside out, or cut himself a cool coat out of an old mattress. The New York Times was already referring to the self-taught designer as the "prophet of a new realism in the modern age" when his follow-up show "Utopia", with its Arab burkas and kaftans, was launched just two days before the September 11 attacks. "Utopia" was never produced, and Adrover's financial backers went bankrupt. In 2004, after 18 years in the US, Adrover was unable to stay in New York City any longer and moved back to his home island of Mallorca. There he leads a withdrawn life, working far away from the spotlights. This film is a portrait of a creative freethinker who saw fashion as a catalyst of social change. Archive material conveys the glory of the past, and interviews with people who knew him and pioneers of that time are as much a part of the film as Super-8 footage, all providing a fascinating insight into the mind of a creative individual who walked the thin line between yesterday and today, and between recognition and traumatic failure.
Zürich Film Festival//2011
Filmfestival MAX OPHÜLS PREIS//2012
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