Photo: Olivier Saillant / Courtesy of Chanel
Kristen Stewart’s turns as a vampire-loving teen and a warrior Snow White may not have prepared her for her latest role: Mademoiselle Coco Chanel. In an 11-minute film (below), written and directed by Karl Lagerfeld, Stewart plays a young actress with a firecracker temper cast as the famed designer. The short will be screened at Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show today in Rome, and marks the first of several of Stewart’s appearances for the collection. (She’ll also star in a Lagerfeld-lensed campaign for the line.)
In a behind-the-scenes interview about the film, Stewart discusses everything from the vibe on set to wearing archival Chanel pieces. Hear what she has to say about that here and watch her full performance below.
You have been photographed by Karl Lagerfeld a number of times, but this is the first film that you have been in that was directed by him. Can you tell us about this experience? How was he as the director?
Karl is supremely natural and thoughtful, which rubs off on an actor, always . . . that confidence. His interest in cinema is clear and working with him in that way was inspiring . . . to see him in yet another shade of light, thriving . . . “Once more . . . with feeling.”
In the film you wore a Chanel dress from 1919 and another from 1938; how did you feel about wearing these?
The vintage couture pieces were jaw-dropping. I could feel the history with every step. To look through the archives is one enormous privilege, but to actually feel them . . . wear them . . . hold them . . . it’s priceless.