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Kristen Stewart: 'Wearing couture Chanel was priceless'

Published 02/12/2015

Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart will always remember being able to wear vintage couture Chanel pieces in short film Once and Forever, admitting the experience was “priceless”.

Kristen Stewart found being able to wear vintage couture Chanel pieces in short film Once and Forever "jaw-dropping".

The 25-year-old star plays an actress who is cast as iconic designer Coco Chanel in the short, directed by creative director Karl Lagerfeld. Shooting the film required Kristen to clad herself in some truly unique pieces, including one Chanel dress from 1919 and one from 1938 - which the actress absolutely relished.

“The vintage couture pieces were jaw-dropping,” Kristen told Vogue.com. “I could feel the history with every step. To look through the archives is one enormous privilege, but to actually feel them... wear them... hold them... it’s priceless.”

Kristen has a long relationship with Chanel, and she is an ambassador for the label. She also attended the Chanel's Métiers d'Art show in Rome on Tuesday night (01Dec15) to support the premiere of the film.

When it came to taking on the role, Kristen admits she felt somewhat daunted – particularly by the fact she wasn’t given a script. “I didn’t have much of a chance to approach it until it was upon us, as we didn’t receive scripts,” Kristen explained. “From the outside... it looked as though he was making it up as we went. And maybe he was.

“I took my cues from Karl in regard to the historical aspects of the piece and learned more about Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel while shooting than I ever had. She is endlessly intriguing. Even more so now. The more I’ve learned the less I know, and that says a lot.”

While Kristen has been friends with Karl for some time now, Once and Forever marks the first time she has witnessed his directorial skills. But the actress insists his best attributes served to make him an inspiring director to work with.

“Karl is supremely natural and thoughtful, which rubs off on an actor, always… that confidence,” she concluded. “His interest in cinema is clear and working with him in that way was inspiring… to see him in yet another shade of light, thriving… 'Once more… with feeling.'”

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