Heaven Tanudiredja a film by Malcolm Pate

Meet the Jakarta-born designer destined for the top.

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Heaven Tanudiredja: a film by Malcolm Pate

This film was made by Canadian-born, London-based artist-film maker Malcolm Pate, inspired by Antwerp-based new designer Heaven Tanudiredja's gothic fantasy collections. Tanudiredja is an alumni of the Antwerp Academy, one of the most exciting fashion schools in Europe - fellow alumni include Veronique Branquinho, AF Vandevorst, Stephan Schneider, Bernhard Willhelm, Haider Ackermann, Bruno Pieters and Walter Van Beirendonck. Since leaving the academy he has worked for John Galliano at Christian Dior Couture and collaborated on an accessories line for Dries Van Noten, as well as developing his own collections. He has also created his own handmade accessories line made of antique materials that he has collected since his youth. Tanudiredja's accessories are available in Barney’s in New York and Walter Van Beirendonck’s stores in Antwerp, France, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

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Q & A with Malcolm Pate

How long have you been making films?
I made my first film in 2000, while I was doing my A-Levels.

What is inspiring you at the moment?
Psychedelia, Dante and holograms.

How did it go making this film?
It never goes how you expect, but it went very well I think. We had a great team of people.

What was the inspiration behind this short film?
The period between 1850 and 1890, when the Spiritualism movement was at its peak. The idea that séances were experienced in totally different ways by different people, and making that concept something more visual.

Do you have a new projects coming up?
All sorts of new and exciting things, music videos, photoshoots, short films, but at the moment I’m working on a project called "Creation" which is premiering on Friday the 13th of June, a project with Patrick Wolf and some work with Alex Box.

If you could choose who would be your favorite person to capture on film?
I would love to work with Tilda Swinton, I have a deep admiration for strong women and her talent and look are amazing.

What is the most exciting thing about creating films?
Seeing something come out of nothing, for me it's like watching a print develop in the darkroom, it’s very romantic.

Who would you like to work with in the future?
I have a huge list in my head. With my fashion work, I’d love to work with Thom Browne and James Long, to balance out my womenswear work with some really creative menswear. Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan and Gareth Pugh are on my list as well - I’m a firm believer that fashion should be spectacle. That all being said, I’m working with some seriously talented people right now, so I consider myself very lucky.

Q & A with Alex Box


How long have you been working as a make-up artist ?
10 years

What is inspiring you at the moment?
Warm air, birds chirping, beautiful goth boys, going back to my roots and lifting dark rocks...

What was the inspiration behind the make-up for this short film?
Fleurs du Mal which means "the flowers of sickness" the title a book of poems by Baudelaire - and a healthy interest in the dark and unwell

What inspired you to collaborate on this project?
My love of The Malcolm.

Do you have a new projects coming up?
We have only scratched the surface or has the surface scratched us?

What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Developing the makeup range ILLAMASQUA, which is available in September. I think I may burst!

Who would be your favorite person to make-up?
Joan Crawford in her hey day and Noel Fielding now, or Noel Fielding as Joan Crawford.

What is the most exciting thing about working as a make-up artist?
Feeling quite smug that my teachers told me that talking, looking different, having weird ideas, daydreaming and drawing would get me nowhere. Ha!

Q & A with Heaven Tanudiredja


How long have you been designing?
Since I was 15 years old, so it's been ten years

Where are you based?
Antwerp in Belgium and soon Paris.

Menswear or womenswear?
I can do both. Menswear for me is more about aesthetic, you can stretch the aesthetic as far as you want but never cross the line.
Womanswear for me is all about putting all the poetry, ambition and memory together in clothes.
But I guess we agree all of that is based on what we think is beautiful, coming from the future, the past, tackyness or whatever.

Were you interested in Fashion when you were growing up?
It's funny, growing up in Indonesia I felt so far from fashion but actually what I do now is based on that moment, because it was the first time the first time I cut a fabric, sewing, study tailoring, everything. I remember every sensation!

What was your favourite outfit from your youth?
My pyjamas and my grandma's Cartier necklace.

Who are your favourite designers and why?
I like many designers. I think it's important to have many different opinion in fashion.

Who do you imagine wearing your clothes?
People who believe in challenges.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Working hard in my own atelier.

Photography Malcolm Pate, Styling Robbie Spencer, Hair James Pecis at D&V management using Bumble & Bumble, Make-up Alex Box at D&V management using Chanel, Set design David White, Models Florian at Unique models, Morwenna at Independent, Will Westall at Fm, Photography assistant Jenna McIvor, Make-up assistant Danni Epworth.

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