Reel Women in Film: Funny Face

Texas Spirit Theater | NR | 103 min. | Comedy, Musical, Romance

January 24, 2020 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Join the Bullock Museum for a screening and conversation about the film Funny Face and the fashion trailblazer that makes this film stand out.

An impromptu fashion shoot at a book store brings about a new fashion model discovery in the shop clerk.

Event Details

Funny Face is a story set in high fashion yet parodies the fashion industry in many ways. One of its leads, Audrey Hepburn, is revered as a style icon for her signature looks both off and on screen, and was closely associated with couturier Hubert de Givenchy who paired with acclaimed costume designer Edith Head to style Hepburn for her role in Funny Face among other titles. Edith Head, who won a record number of Academy Awards for costume design, also assisted in styling Hepburn for multiple films and worked with nearly every top female star in Hollywood. 

This screening is part of Reel Women in Film, a film series that highlights the filmic works of women in front of or behind the camera. In its second season, focus will be on ideas of empowerment seen through the lens of fashion and activism. Additionally, we will look at those within the field of filmmaking that are in the periphery, the costume designers. This evening's program is shown in conjunction with our Fashion Forward exhibition, which explores how the fashion innovations of yesterday impact our closets today. The evening's program includes a film screening and Q&A with Dr. Kathy Fuller-Seeley, Professor of Media Studies in the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin, and Stephanie Fisher, costume designer and third-year MFA candidate in costume design at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to the feature film is Susan LaMarca's short film, Rebecca. Come early and explore the 3rd floor exhibit, and enjoy complimentary coffee and treats from 6:00pm until 7:00pm. Quantities are limited. Seating for film begins at 6:30 p.m

Please note: Entrance for this screening will be at the IMAX Lobby doors.

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The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a division of the Texas State Preservation Board. Additional support for educational programming provided by the Texas State History Museum Foundation.

Film Credits

Rating: NR
Starring: Audrey Hepburn
Costume Designers: Edith Head and Hubert de Givenchy
Director:  Stanley Donen
Writer: Leonard Gershe
Runtime: 103 min.
Genre: Comedy, Musical, Romance
Release year: 1957

About the Guest Speakers

Kathy Fuller-Seeley is the William P. Hobby Centennial Professor of Media Studies in the Radio-TV-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin; she teaches US  film, radio and TV history. Her most recent book is Jack Benny and the Golden Age of American Radio Comedy (University of California Press 2017).

Stephanie Mae Fisher (Costume Designer) is a third-year MFA candidate in costume design at The University of Texas at Austin. She earned her BA in Theatre (Arts Management) from Baldwin Wallace University. At UT, Stephanie has designed costumes for Spring Awakening; Matawan, Mammoth (B. Iden Payne Award nominees); Good Country (Cohen New Works Festival 2019); and dance concerts Transcendence, Fortitude and Fall for Dance 2017. Prior to pursuing this degree, Stephanie worked as a costume technician and/or designer at companies across the country, including Washington National Opera, Signature Theatre, Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Gallaudet University, Nextstop Theatre, and many others. This area of study follows a long history of interest in fashion history and the arts, as well as a passion for storytelling as activism, and artistic collaboration as a way of connecting across history, geography, and personal differences. Her thesis work examines how designers combine imagination with research and respect to illuminate cultural stories on stage.

About the Short Film and Filmmaker

In Rebecca, a schoolteacher has a bad day and takes it out on her girlfriend.

Susan LaMarca is an editor and filmmaker working in Austin Texas. 


About the Texas Spirit Theater and Tickets

The Texas Spirit Theater located on the Bullock Museum's second floor is one of the most beautiful film experiences in Austin and features multi-sensory special effects such as lightning, rain, and other surprises.

Museum Members enjoy free unlimited IMAX® documentary films, discounts on feature film tickets, free exhibition admission, discounts in the Museum Store, and more. Learn More.

Learn about ticket prices, refund policies, and parking (free after 5 pm). Please note that visitors under age fifteen must be accompanied by someone age sixteen or older. For evening programs, please enter through the Bullock Museum IMAX Theatre.