All About Linen
Be Linen, Benoit Millot, 2010
A wonderful and poetical documentary which tells the story of a multi-centenial protagonist: the culture of European linen. From seed to fabric, from northern European fields to Italian weaving mills, French director and graphic designer Benoit Millot followed the growth, transformations and travels of this noble textile fiber.
Produced from the fiber of the flax plant and mostly valued for its durability, breathability and ease of dyeing, linen is amongst the oldest fibers known to man. In ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, it had been considered the cloth of royalty before slowly becoming the prominent fabric used in clothing until cotton rose as a cheaper alternative during the nineteenth century. By sponsoring such a movie, the European Confederation of Linen and Hemp just decided to strike back!
From agriculture to fashion culture, a series of interviews of main producers in Belgium, France and Italy, helps understand the uniqueness and particularities of the European transformation chain of the fiber.
Made in Mazamet. Made in Town founder, consultant and teacher, he is graduated from the Institut Français de la Mode and used to be a boarder in the fashion design division at the Villa Medici in Rome. He develops a reflexion, mainly in the fashion field, about the manufacturing culture. His approach, oriented towards the promotion of know-how, expresses through writing, video and fashion design. As a consultant, he especially collaborates with Première Vision for the organization of Maison d’Exceptions: a dedicated area about fabric know-how within the show and for the online magazine Maison d’Exceptions whose he is editor.
In Saint-Nabord, the Maille Verte des Vosges company, specialized in knitting manufacturing techniques intended for the industry, took over in 2010 the Etablissements Ames, its machines had been working since 1969.
Made in Town and Épure Editions invite you to the presentation of L’Excès, 10 façons de le préparer [The Excess, 10 Ways of Preparing It] by Emmanuel Giraud. A pamphlet rebutting our culture of ambient hygienism, the book defends and illustrates excess at the table: recipes based on immoderation, ostentatious wastefulness and provocations of all sorts.
This video was produced by Made in Town as part of the travelling exhibition The Lace Review. At the initiative of the City of Calais, the Direction Générale des Entreprises and the Hauts-de-France Region, this exhibition showcases internationally one of the most beautiful jewels of the French fashion and luxury industry: the Leavers lace.