Alexander McQueen and Kate Moss style star casts Bobby Gillespie in Made in England

By Culture24 Reporter | 21 November 2013

Katy England, the fashion stylist once known as Alexander McQueen’s “right-hand woman”, will present a film on youth culture in her directorial debut at Somerset House, soundtracked by Primal Scream and featuring a cameo from the band’s singer, Bobby Gillespie

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Katy England's directorial debut turns on the style at Somerset House© Cameron Alexander
In perhaps the most stylish exhibition of the winter, Katy England – the former stylist for Alexander McQueen, who is married to Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie and an ally of Kate Moss’s SS14 Topshop collection – will present Made in England, a 24-hour window on youth culture.

Screened alongside behind-the-scenes pictures, the film is part of a week-long celebration of British style at Somerset House. Gillespie has a brief cameo in the film, with the track Nothing is Real / Nothing is Unreal, from the band’s latest album, providing the soundtrack.

England says her desire to work with “real people” as well as models has been on her mind “for as long as I can remember”.

“There is something intoxicating about working with real characters,” she believes.

“This film was cast with real people. This is not an impression of British style and youth culture, this is the real thing.”

Commissioned by Vauxhall to mark the car giant’s 110th birthday, the film shows a lone driver travelling through urban and rural settings. Each of its four scenes represents a different movement in modern British youth culture, aiming to reflect the fleeting nature of life stages.

  • Vauxhall Presents Made in England directed by Katy England runs at Somerset House from November 23 – December 1 2013. Visit vauxhall.co.uk/vauxhallpresents for more.
 
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