Have you ever wondered what young girls really think about fashion? The answer may surprise you. In this short documentary, I allow six 8-year-old girls to take the soapbox (or apple box in this case) and hold forth on the subject of fashion. I don’t pretend to know what goes on in the mind of an 8-year-old girl – I give props to anyone who does – but I had an inkling that as the daily lives of children become more inundated with media of various forms, girls start forming opinions at a very young age about what society thinks they should look like and how they should behave. I thought it would be near impossible to broach the subject in all of its complex entirety and so I decided to focus on the most obvious, forward facing facet of life little girls battle with: fashion.
I divided the process of capturing their thoughts into two sections. First the girls were given an open forum and were individually guided through a series of questions by a female interviewer (only one girl was on set at a time). Then they were allowed to style themselves carte blanche (though a stylist and make-up artist were present to aide in clothing composition and the application of lipstick, blush, nail polish and whatever else the girls desired). For me the results were surprising and contradictory, and for some parents the unbridled atmosphere revealed a child they had never met before.
Before making the film public I had each girl I interviewed review it and give her blessing. They’re all excited for you to watch.