PHOTOS: Designer Julien Fournie's Paris Fashion Week showcase is a movie

The new face of Paris Fashion Week is digital. With shows taking place behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, designers such as Julien Fournie are becoming versatile: getting their designs out to the public by making a film of their collection and streaming it online. “At the start, I was asked to know how to draw. ... Now, I realize I also need to learn to become a filmmaker,” the designer said at a behind-the-scenes preview of his spring-summer 2021 couture movie filming. Calling the move “brave,” he noted that “a great crew with you (is needed) to even imagine reinventing oneself through digital film.” In his video entitled “First Storm,” three young women are plunged into dreamlike environments. They are, of course, dressed in the strong architectural sleeves, sharp busts and elongated silhouette of the season, contrasting with the fluidity of Fournie’s chiffon dresses. Fournie said the impact of the virus has led him to question “whether fashion shows were really necessary” in the first place.

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Models Angeliki Tsionou, Michaela Tomanova and Sheherazade Dakhlaoui, from left to right, display creations by Julien Fournie for his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. With shows taking place behind closed doors due to the virus pandemic, some designers such as Julien Fournie are becoming versatile: Getting their designs out to the public by making a film of their collection and streaming it online. (AP)

Models Angeliki Tsionou, Michaela Tomanova and Sheherazade Dakhlaoui, from left to right, display creations by Julien Fournie for his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. With shows taking place behind closed doors due to the virus pandemic, some designers such as Julien Fournie are becoming versatile: Getting their designs out to the public by making a film of their collection and streaming it online. (AP)

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Model Michaela Tomanova has her makeup retouched during the shoot for Julien Fournie’s Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP)

Model Michaela Tomanova has her makeup retouched during the shoot for Julien Fournie’s Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP)

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Models Angeliki Tsionou, left Michaela Tomanova, right, display creations by Julien Fournie for his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP)

Models Angeliki Tsionou, left Michaela Tomanova, right, display creations by Julien Fournie for his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP)

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Models Michaela Tomanova, Angeliki Tsionou, and Sheherazade Dakhlaoui, from left to right, display creations by Julien Fournie for his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.(AP)

Models Michaela Tomanova, Angeliki Tsionou, and Sheherazade Dakhlaoui, from left to right, display creations by Julien Fournie for his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.(AP)

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French designer Julien Fournie, right, gives instructions to the models during the shoot for his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP)

French designer Julien Fournie, right, gives instructions to the models during the shoot for his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2021 fashion collection for a digital presentation of the fashion week, in Paris, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP)

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