Favourite Moments in Film – Hanna ter Meulen.

October 29, 2010
Many might say that authors like Bret Easton Ellis are a bit like Marmite: you either love it or you hate it, but I’ve never been one to think in such a black and white fashion, chiefly because I’m rarely passionate enough about anything to come down wholly on one side or the other. I’ve given Glamourama a go but was never quite absorbed, but I’ve been told several times that this is a common enough occurrence?

Regardless, what’s nigh on indisputable is the influence of Easton Ellis’ comprehensive descriptions within his work on the world of menswear. This week, recent RCA grad and Junior Menswear Designer at AquascutumHanna ter Meulen, explains the arresting nature of American Psycho (Mary Harron, 2000) and how it inspired her graduate collection

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My favourite moment in film has to be one from American Psycho, which was the inspiration for my degree collection from the Royal College of Art. I chose the scene in which Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) and Jean (Chloe Sevigny) sit together in Patrick’s apartment because I love the tension. The paintings on the wall from Robert Longo are extremely inspiring (I used these a lot for reference) and Chloe Sevigny and Cristian Bale, I think, are amazing together here. Also, the clothes and the whole colour scheme of the movie were definitely key items for me. I think it’s an all-time classic that everyone should watch (altough the book is better!)

– Hanna ter Meulen

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^ Robert Longo’s Men in the Cities

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To see the specific scene Hanna mentions (above), click here.
  • Richard Kilroy October 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Oh god i tried so hard with Glamourama, I just couldn't keep up with it! Apparently Ellis modelled the character on Tony Ward! Lunar Park wasn't much either. I still need to watch/see American Psycho.

  • Ellinor Forje October 30, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Great movie. I was just reminded that I need to read the book. Cute blog, visit mine when you have time.Cheers.

  • R. Gratz October 30, 2010 at 7:15 am

    This is such a crazy movie but the styling is one that I always remember. It was genius all around!http://www.RGRATZVM.com

  • KC November 1, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    i loved the movie. yes, it was leaning on the fashion side of things but it was not trying hard.nouveauskin.blogspot.com

  • Cillian November 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Richard: As do I (am crap film student if you haven't gathered already). Glamourama was just too alienating to finish; was disorientating rather than pleasurable to read.R. Gratz: Yeah, it's inspired so many menswear designers and with the help of Armani helped bring relaxed over-sized suiting to the fore.