#024 ☼ Feminine Mystique: Sofia Coppola
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Our question this week is:
What advice would you give to feel more creative?
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Further down in this issue, we’ll share the life-changing books discussed last week!
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Feminine Mystique: Sofia Coppola
Sofia Coppola hails from a cinematic dynasty. Despite this, she has proven herself to be one of the leading directors of our time, producing cult classics like Lost in Translation and Virgin Suicides through her distinctly dreamy and feminine lens and stellar dialogue, earning her plenty of accolades that have seldom gone to women.
Her fantastical childhood involving growing up around glamour, featuring in films like The Godfather directed by her father Francis Ford Coppola, interning for Chanel aged 15 and befriending Marc Jacobs certainly give her a flavoured backstory. Never solely a director, Sofia Coppola is also known for her pared back and irreverent style serving as a 90s style icon, her fashion photography in Japan and dabbling in design.
A unique visual voice and expert crafter of subtlety and mood, we explore the evocative universe of Sofia Coppola.
On her beginnings: “For me, photography and film are two totally different things. My filmmaking begins with images from photography, so I think of it as a starting point for making a film. I wasn’t planning on being a filmmaker, but when I read Jeffrey Eugenides’s novel The Virgin Suicides (1993), I loved it and thought I would try adapting it. I ended up writing the script and putting a book of visual references together — photographs — to show how I wanted to make the film […] At one art fair, I first saw the photographs of Bill Owens — his series on suburbia — so when I started working on Virgin Suicides those Bill Owens pictures became a reference. I bought one print — an image of girls at a school dance with stars hanging from the ceiling. That picture was definitely in my mind when I worked on the film.”
Unpacking the hyper-feminine, dream-like lens of Sofia Coppola: “A dream-like quality is to Sofia what symbolism is to David Lynch, or perfect symmetry to Wes Anderson. Watching a Coppola picture is like being immersed in a beautiful hallucination, with the long drawn out shots and slow zooms often telling you more about the protagonist than the director's minimalistic dialogue.”
“The best career advice I’ve gotten is not everyone’s going to like you” and 29 other things you might not know about Sofia Coppola
A conversation between two films: Lost in Translation (2003) directed by Sofia Coppola and Her (2013), directed by her ex-husband Spike Jonze are two poignant and timeless meditations on modern life. They each won Best Original Screenplay for their films which both feature Scarlett Johansson. If you’ve never delved into the parallels between them, submerge yourself in different dimensions of the same universe
The Sofia Coppola Uniform and 7 of her most iconic looks showcasing her casual street style
Also known as “Lost on Location”, dive deep behind the scenes of Sofia’s cult classic Lost in Translation. Sofia also details its making in a conversation here
On style over conventional beauty: “I always had a big Italian nose but I broke it, and I went to a doctor to see if he could reset it. And he said, ‘You’d be a pretty girl with a nose job.’ Somehow I had enough confidence that I didn’t do it. And I remember Anjelica Huston told me when I was 13, ‘Don’t worry, you’ll grow into your nose.’ She was a big influence on me. When I was a teenage kid, my parents had these interesting European friends who were glamorous and didn’t look like the all-American ideal. I always thought, When I grow up, I want to be like them. I was more interested in style than conventional beauty.”
On finally making a New York movie: “I wanted the story to have romantic, classic New York places. Bill’s character Felix is from another era, like those places, the last of that kind of gentleman’s world, before athleisure”
Sofia Coppola deconstructs some of her projects and shares the images, artifacts and references that have influenced her
Inside Sofia Coppola’s wooden holiday home in Belize. Its architect Laurent Deroo shares: “Two years before, Sofia Coppola had shot a scene from her film Lost In Translation in the Harajuku district of Tokyo, in a boutique dressed in wood that we had designed for the label A.P.C. The following year, while in Paris to prepare for the film Marie-Antoinette, she visited one after the other a house and an apartment that we had also designed. These three projects really made an impression on her. I expect that the seeds of the idea of us collaborating on her holiday home were sewn then and there.”
MilkFed is a clothing brand by Sofia Coppola started in 1994 and sold exclusively in Japan. Partnering with the “inventor of the baby tee” Linda Meltzer, she revealed “I always wanted to be a designer, but I didn't think I knew enough. When I helped Kim Gordon and Daisy von Furth put on the X-Girl show in SoHo, I discovered they didn't know how to sew, either. I realized I admire people who just jump into things and do it.”
COMMUNITY CURATED: LIFE-CHANGING BOOKS
Last week, we inquired about books that changed your life. Check out the comment section for a full list. A few titles recommended:
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris
“It completely reshapes the way you look at business and helps you realize how simple it is to share your unique perspective, skillsets, and solutions with the world.” — via Sam L
Love by Leo Buscaglia
”He was a professor in the 70's who offered zero credit courses in love. I discovered the book in a pile of throwaways at a used book store after I'd just left a significant relationship. It was one of those moments where it felt like the book found me, rather than the other way around… I decided the book was so sweet and worth so much, I bought many copies to keep in my backseat for whoever could use a little love.” — via Alana
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
A recent one that boggled my mind. On my third read, I realized last year how much more value you get from great books if you re-read them. — via Sam
Hop in the comments this week as we discuss what advice you would give to feel more creative.
EXHIBIT A: Lac du Bourget (2022) by Tom de Pekin • EXHIBIT B: Airbrush Art (Late 80s) by Masao Saito • EXHIBIT C: Group Think (2022) by Khoi Pham
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I can’t say this enough: Romanticize your life. Pretend you’re in a Wes Anderson movie. Try to view things through studio ghibli glasses. Take as many photos of as many things as possible. Go out to eat alone. Lay in the park, read and book and people watch. Smell a perfume you haven’t worn since high school. Visit places in your hometown that feel nostalgic to you and let your memories wash over you.
This is a question I've been ruminating on a lot recently. Some say there are no deadlines for creativity. Others say you have to develop systems to maximize it. I believe the answer lies somewhere in between. As Picasso said, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."
Like many have said, it truly is a no-brainer to throw yourself in environments that maximize the probability for inspiration. You must curate your muse. From how the air smells, to the images your cornea captures. It's crazy how much it influences your work.