New York Designer Turns to 'Harlan County' For Inspiration
|Quintron Miller says a entire generation of indie rockers had no clue they were dressing like the striking coal miners.|
NEW YORK (PCNN) -- An up-and-coming New York designer says his fall collection will be based entirely on the classic documentary Harlan County, U.S.A.
"Yes, it's an important film for sociological reasons, but I think the clothing, particularly the menswear, is a serendipitous achievement for the American aesthetic," said Quintron Miller, who debuted his first solo line -- based on the "proletariat-level" Jawas of the Star Wars films -- at Fashion Week in 2006.
The miners of Harlan County endured months of harassment and violence in their labor struggle against a giant power company. Miller acknowledged that the 1977 Barbara Kopple film has great emotional resonance, but he said he was more concerned with the workers' "label-free piecewear, wonderfully simplistic T-shirt sloganeering ... their rugged hairdos and their unpretentious application of color theory."
The power-company executives are unexpectedly cool-looking, too, Miller said, adding that all of the men in the film could be "fabulously spartan indie-rockers of the early-to-mid-'90s."
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