MIU MIU WOMEN'S TALES #21: SHANGRI-LA BY ISABEL SANDOVAL

MIU MIU WOMEN'S TALES #21: SHANGRI-LA BY ISABEL SANDOVAL

MIU MIU WOMEN'S TALES #21: SHANGRI-LA BY ISABEL SANDOVAL

A re-imagination of Miu Miu's latest collection, through the artful lens of Isabel Sandoval

A re-imagination of Miu Miu's latest collection, through the artful lens of Isabel Sandoval

Text: Margaux Bang

“ I regard costumes as an expression of the lead character’s potential as a woman, where she envisions herself as a warrior, princess or goddess” explains Isabel Sandoval, who directed Shangri-La as part of the ongoing short film series Miu Miu’s Women’s Tales . A project initiated by Miu Miu in 2012, where the fashion brands commissions two films a year, where all female directors are given carte blanche to create films that showcase Miu Miu clothing.

Still from Shangri-La courtesy of Miu Miu

“I was stunned, honored, and privileged,” says Isabel “to be invited to direct the next Miu Miu’s women’s tale”. The Filipino-born, NYC-based director, writer, editor and actress made history at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival’s “Giornate Degli Autori'' section as the first film directed by a trans woman of color to ever screen in the competition.

Still from Shangri-La courtesy of Miu Miu

Set in California, during the great depression, the short-film focuses on the love affair between a second generation filipino farmhand, played by Isabel herself, and a white American, during a time when interracial relationships were considered a criminal offense. Shangri-La invites its viewers to step into an earthly paradise that is isolated from the world, where Isabel Sandoval re-imagines Miu Miu’s latest collection through her artful lens.

Shangri-La Tale available to watch here.

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