Put on this cursed red dress and you may be literally dressed to kill in this fetishistically stylized hommage to giallo that satirizes consumerism as hypnotically as it seduces your senses.
"Peter Strickland fashions a slyly hilarious Italian horror homage about a demonic frock and the even more sinister forces that compel us to shop."—Variety
The latest from visionary director Peter Strickland (The Duke of Burgundy) is a sumptuously surreal, giallo-inspired horror satire about a blood-red cocktail dress that kills…literally! Divorced bank manager Sheila (Marianne Jean-Baptiste of Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies) has recently entered the world of online dating and, hearing about an unmissable sale at the strangely hypnotic and fetishistic department store Dentley & Soper, heads there in search of a new first-date look. The store's head saleswoman, perfectly played by Transylvanian actress and frequent Strickland collaborator Fatma Mohamed, is an enigmatic and somewhat macabre creature whose riddle-filled sales pitch convinces Sheila that she absolutely needs a dazzling crimson gown. But once these phantom threads are loose in the world, the dress begins to display some disturbing behavior, and no one who comes in contact with it is safe. Featuring a savagely funny supporting performance from Gwendoline Christie ("Game of Thrones") and a narrative twist too fun and surprising to spoil here, Strickland unleashes his signature dreamy style, eye for bold colors, and lavish sound design to imbue In Fabric with atmosphere a-plenty, making for a dazzling dark comedy that savagely sends up vanity, fashion, and a consumerist world where the sales are till-death-do-us-part final.
Though he dislikes the label "Lynchian," writer-director Peter Strickland was inspired at 16 to pursue filmmaking by a showing of David Lynch's Eraserhead at London's notorious Scala cinema. Strickland's debut feature Katalin Varga (2009), a revenge thriller, was well-received at festivals, winning awards for best film, directing, and acting. Among his later work are the award-winning Berberian Sound Studio (2012), a documentary on Björk, several radio plays, and In Fabric (2018), his first feature film since The Duke of Burgundy (2014).
Sponsored by Diageo Americas, Inc., Mark Malamud, Scarecrow Video
- Director: Peter Strickland
- Principal Cast: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hayley Squires, Leo Bill, Julian Barratt, Fatma Mohamed, Gwendoline Christie, Steve Oram
- Country: United Kingdom
- Year: 2018
- Running Time: 119 minutes
- Producer: Andrew Starke
- Screenplay: Peter Strickland
- Cinematographers: Ari Wegner
- Editors: Matyas Fekete
- Music: Cavern of Anti-Matter
- Website: Official Film Website
- Filmography: The Duke of Burgundy (2014); Berberian Sound Studio (2012); Katalin Varga (2009)
- Language: English
- Format: DCP
- US Distributor: A24
- International Sales: Bankside Films