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Miranda July’s amazing style preceded her. Long before the driven writer/director/actress/performance artist wrote three books, directed and starred in two feature length films, (the first of which has won awards at Sundance and Cannes to name a few festivals) a friend notified me that an interesting musician with great fashion sense was moving to Oregon, where I lived at the time. It was 1996 and Ms. July’s unique punk-glam aesthetic didn’t disappoint. Dressed in gossamer pastel slips, or tap shorts and stockings, always topped with a peaked platinum Afro, Miranda July was a striking, cinematic creature walking the modest Portland streets. Later she embraced momesque high-waisted flares, S.A.S. wedge heels and pussy-bow blouses, but always with her own twist. On red carpets across the world she has stayed true to the DIY, off kilter, whimsical style that made her stand out so distinctly as an amature in Santa Cruz California, or Portland, Oregon. It has been said she covets Viktor & Rolf and commissioned Rodarte to make her wedding dress, but I for one would like to know where she shops. Let’s take a look at the Miranda July’s fashion evolution here.
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At the time I became acquainted with her work, Ms. July was honing her craft as a performance artist and musician, playing with the idea of film making through her movie chain letter, Joanie4Jackie. This was before she earned a slot at the Sundance workshop where she developed her first feature length film You Me and Everyone We Know, before she won Frank O’Connor award for her collection of short stories, No One Belongs Here More Than You and before she married another interesting artist, Mike Mills. Ms. July’s new film, The Future, opens July 29th, nationally. It has already been nominated for the Golden Berlin Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival and has received a fair amount of attention. Never a stranger to unusual storytelling devices, Ms. July’s new film features a much noted talking cat and speaking moon, and of course, Miranda, playing a lead role. Her partner, Mike Mill’s new film, Beginners employs a dog who understands human speech. It is interesting to see work that inevitably enjoys the influence of another. This summer provides a unique opportunity to see two films made individually by a couple.
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