Philippa Price’s short film for Stella McCartney is a dystopian dream

Anyone else getting serious Westworld vibes?

[C]alling all Westworld fans: visual artist Philippa Price is taking us back to the desert, in a surreal six-minute short called ‘Eclipse’ with Stella McCartney. The in-demand LA-based director, who has worked with the likes of Rihanna and Banks, is a visionary to watch. Inspired by Stella’s equestrian theme for AW17 and print motif by the 18th century painter George Stubbs, Price depicts a dreamlike western setting in the second installment of her video project #StellaBy. Blade Runner-style outlaws hanging outside Dixie Inn wearing Stella’s women’s and menswear collection? L.O.V.E.

 

Philippa talks us through the concept behind ‘Eclipse’, her creative process and what it’s like being in front of the camera for the first time…

What does ‘Eclipse’ mean in this context?

An eclipse is defined as “an obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer.” A total eclipse is a mystery and sublime experience that has perplexed humans for thousands of years. Eclipses have influenced battles, altered thought, inspired art, and to me is a strong symbol of our times.

How did you create the characters and the story?

They came to me pretty naturally. On reflection, I definitely think the females represent the different sides of me, and the story must be a result of a recent break up I went through. But that wasn’t a conscious decision.

What inspired the Country and Western spin? 

I’ve always loved westerns and I’ve ridden horses my whole life. When I saw Stella’s show for this new collection in Paris I immediately imagined the outfits in a Western setting. Especially the horse prints!

This project was especially fun. I always love shooting Megan and this time working with my friends Natalie Bergman (from the band Wildbelle), Jean (from the band Ho99o9), and the two dancers Nugget and Vibez was very magical. They are all incredibly talented artists in their own right so it created a very special vibe on set. This was also the first time I’ve put myself into one of my films which was fun – I’m the girl on the horse!

 

Photographer: Daniel Regan; Direction: Philippa Price; model wearing Stella McCartney AW17

The contortionist dancers are pretty incredible too…

They’re amazing. I met Nugget and Vibez through my good friend and choreographer Nina McNeely. Their dance style is so insanely beautiful but off-putting at the same time – I knew it would fit perfectly into my world. They have a whole lingo for the style of dance they’ve created – their crew is called the Ringmasters from Brooklyn, and they call their style “flexin”. Nugget is actually the creator of the bone-breaking style in flexin. I love how they fit into the western world of this film.

Photographer: Daniel Regan; Direction: Philippa Price; model wearing Stella McCartney AW17

Did the clothes play an important part in the storytelling?

100% – Stella’s clothes are always so inspiring to me. Her collections always tell such a story. I instantly imagine a whole world around the clothes.

When do you feel most inspired?

I wouldn’t say my ideas come to me in my dreams but I definitely pay close attention to them. I try to write down my dreams every morning – they are pretty wild. I love the structure of dreams. When you wake up the dream can seem like total nonsense but while you’re in it everything makes perfect sense. My best ideas always come to me when I’m driving.

For more information head to stellamccartney.com