Waist Up/Waist Down
A Bazmark Production. Directed by Baz Luhrmann.

Conceived, Produced, and Directed by Baz Luhrmann

With Miuccia Prada and Judy Davis (as Elsa Schiaparelli)
Production and Costume Design by Catherine Martin
Produced by Anton Monsted and Schuyler Weiss
Additional Dialogue by Baz Luhrmann, Andrew Bolton, Schuyler Weiss, and Sam Bromell (adapted from the writings of Elsa Schiaparelli)
Cinematography by Josh Rothstein and Evan Papageorgiou
Edited by Jeremy Kotin

Line Producer – Julie Christeas
Production Manager – Bryony Weiss
Camera Operators – Evan Jake Cohen, Noah Yuan-Vogel
Additional Camera – Amelia Tovey
Data Wrangler – Raphael Rice
On-set Sound Mixers – Trokon Nagbe, David Goller
Gaffer – John Frisbie
Key Grip – Matt Tomko
Grips – Jeff Holman, Bryan Landes
Swing Gang – Nick Perron-Seigel, Sam Brown
Art Department Assistants – Whitney Adams, Simon Greiner
Costume Stylist – Farah Pidgeon
Hair Stylist – Susan Campbell
Make-up Artist – Melissa Silver
Production Assistants – Joe Pesce, Percio Luciano

Production Manager – Alexandra Taussig
Assistant Director – Jennifer Leacey
Camera Assistants – Paul Shakeshaft, Zane Pearson
Data Wrangler – Nir Shelter
Set Decorator/Props – Beverly Dunn
Art Department Assistant – Patrick Perry
Gaffer – Miles Jones
Grip – Leo Cowan
Electrician – Clay Elliott
On-set Sound Mixer – Mario Gabrieli
Boom Operator – Gerry Nucifora
Hair and Make-up for Ms. Davis – Kalotina Amperidis
Wig Stylist – Teresa Hinton
Costumier – Julie Herlihy
Jeweller/Stand-by Costume – Georgina Pattinson
Milliner – Rosie Boylan
Writing Assistant to Baz Luhrmann – Sam Bromell
Assistant to Baz Luhrmann – Blake Ternacz
Assistant to Catherine Martin – Rachael Fung
Production Assistants – Hamish Mason, Paddy Murphy
Autocue Operator – Wendy Smith

Post Production Services Provided by The Station
Post Production Executive – Hugh Broder
Post Production Supervisor – Jeremy Kotin
Visual Effects – Daniel Sforza
Concept Artist/3D Model Maker/Matte Painter – Christopher Tangney
Animated Title Design – Brian Budak
Additional Title Design – Brian Krupkin, Silvana Azzi Heras
Post Production Sound Mixer – Erik Schuiten
Additional Post Production Sound Mixer – John Northcraft

Miuccia Prada: For me, I was growing up in the sixties and seventies with the women's revolution, with the idea that I had, in a way, to hide the pleasure—

Elsa Schiaparelli: Hide the pleasure?

Miuccia Prada: That probably was a mistake—the pleasure of fashion. Because fashion was considered completely off limits. But I always liked to express my ideas in a more subtle way, so probably waist down was one of those ways.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Ah, not in my day. Mine was the cafe society, where woman had to look their best sitting down. So we had to be bold from the waist up. Up with the shoulders! Celebrate the bust! Hollywood fell in love with my silhouette: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Crawford. I made them embroidered jackets…

Miuccia Prada: With a lot of frills here, I would feel uncomfortable.

Elsa Schiaparelli: For yourself? Or for woman in general?

Miuccia Prada: Yes, personally, and in general. Instinctively, I refuse the usual conviction that you have to be beautiful from the waist up.

Elsa Schiaparelli: Well, refusing convention, I like.

Miuccia Prada: But beside that, so many things happening from the waist down: sex—

Elsa Schiaparelli: Oh, you mean sexy stuff?

Miuccia Prada: Sexy stuff, giving birth, being attached to the earth. And so, it's really what makes life important. And the top part is more a decoration. And also, because I'm against the idea of pleasing, that I don't want to make women pleasing in an easy way…

Elsa Schiaparelli: Oh no, no. But Miuccia, you can't say that there was anything easy about my hats! Lambchops on the head! I mean, it's crazy…

Miuccia Prada: But craziness, in a shoe, it's such a weird place, you can have much more freedom. You can exaggerate, and doesn't feel to me stupid. While if you put stuff near your face, probably, it's strange. Or at least I am like this. Maybe I am just not able.

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