NOWNESS Rila in Motion Rila Fukushima Plays a Wind-Up Beauty in Matthew Donaldson

Dear Shaded Viewers,

ASVOFF loves Rila so it was fun to find this film by Matthew Donaldson on NOWNESS.

Japanese model and actress Rila Fukushima’s hypnotic metamorphosis from barefaced innocent to vamped-up siren in today’s short by Matthew Donaldson saw the model captured by a stills camera 2089 times. The filmmaker and photographer teamed up with Japanese milliner and Junya Watanabe favorite Katsuya Kamo, who provided the head-turning hair and makeup, and NOWNESS contributor Junsuke Yamasaki. “The opening of the film was shot to resemble Mount Fuji,” explains Donaldson, who also drew upon Kamo’s teased-out, flame-haired ode to Grace Coddington that recently featured in an exhibition at Tokyo’s Laforet Museum. “The clich

Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.