Gia Coppola + Dev Hynes' Film Mixes Ancient Greece, Modern NYC, And Gucci
Gia Coppola and Devonté Hynes first worked together in 2013, when the director commissioned Hynes to create a dreamy original score for her debut feature, Palo Alto. Coppola and Hynes have reunited for her latest project, The Myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, a retelling of the classic Greek myth set in contemporary NYC that features music by Hynes and a stunning wardrobe by Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele.
The four-part series, which was produced by Vogue, is half-narrative, half-fashion film—it’s a showcase of Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2016 collection, but it’s also a universal story of love and loss with a few fantastical elements. Model Marcel Castenmiller and French singer Lou Doillon star as the eponymous newlyweds, Orpheus and Eurydice, and model Laura Love (daughter of West Coast Vogue director/legendary star of The Hills Lisa Love) appears as Aristaeus, the interloper whose lust causes Eurydice’s death; Part One also features an appearance from actor, jewelry designer, and Milk fave Waris Ahluwalia. Orpheus descends to the underworld—reimagined by Coppola as a neon-lit nightclub—to rescue her, but getting her back isn’t that simple.
Since the series has no dialogue, Coppola relied on imagery and sound to tell the timeless story while also finding ways to adapt the ancient myth to its contemporary NYC setting. The characters’ opulent wardrobe, styled by Arianne Phillips, complements the ancient-yet-contemporary dichotomy of the films. Embroidered backpacks and denim jackets are perfectly paired with shimmering skirts and fur capes.
“I had to find key elements of the myths I could adapt, like Orpheus playing a song on the Lyre –I replaced it with an electric guitar,” Coppola told Vanity Fair. “Paying attention to detail and conveying ancient symbolism in modern ways felt important and in the vein of Alessandro’s vision, which seems to be a lot about incorporating art history – creating a vintage tapestry with an unusual contemporary touch.”
You can watch the rest of the series here.
Images via Vanity Fair.
Stay tuned to Milk for more gorgeous re-tellings of Greek myths.