A couple of years ago, I was watching a documentary about the life and times of Elbe, the world’s first female fashion designer.
The film was produced by the German film studio Vimeo, which, when it launched in 2012, was the first company to launch a subscription service to pay for the videos.
Vimeo’s first film, Elbe: The World of the Designer, was released in 2012.
And while it’s not the first film about a woman in fashion, it’s the first ever that I’ve seen from an American film company.
As I watched the documentary, I had no idea what the movie was about or who Elbe was.
But as soon as the trailer was played, I knew.
“This is a very special film, and it’s about an important woman,” says director Sarah Hwang.
Elbe is the first of a long line of female fashion designers who have gone to great lengths to prove their worth and prove themselves.
The women who have made the leap to the world stage include the late designer Vivienne Westwood, the actress Emma Stone, the director Mia Farrow, and the fashion designer Heidi Klum.
Hwang says the documentary is “about creating a conversation about women in fashion.”
She tells me that she wants the viewer to be reminded that “it’s important to look at this woman and ask, ‘Are we seeing the woman we want to see?'”
But the documentary isn’t just about the women who made the jump to the big time.
It’s also about the people who have followed them.
“The people who saw Elbe live, they saw a very different side of Elbbe,” says Hwang, who has made films for the BBC and other media outlets.
“We’re not talking about a one-size-fits-all woman.
We’re talking about people who were able to show up to work, who had the confidence to show it, who were willing to share their stories.
We think that’s something that’s really important to have.”
Elbe opened with a montage of Elbo, Elsie, Elbé, Elie, Elle, and Elbe.
“Elbe is about the journey of the woman who creates and makes her own identity, which is to show that women are not just models,” Hwang tells me.
“I think it’s important for people to know that they’re also real people.”
Elbo is Elbe’s real-life sister, Elsé, who was a model and a teacher before she became a fashion designer and an advocate for women’s rights.
“You can’t have a woman as beautiful as Elbe if she’s just another model,” Elsie says in the documentary.
“She’s a very important figure in the history of fashion.”
Elie is the sister of Elba, who also worked as a model.
“When I was a young girl, I wanted to be a model,” she says.
“And then I thought, I’m not going to do that anymore.
I want to be famous.”
Elbes journey as a designer also included a career as a singer.
In 2007, Elba was one of the first women to appear on the British version of American Idol.
And as a teen, she went to live-in help from her mother, who she says taught her how to dress.
“My mother was very strict about not having anything on my body that could be seen,” she explains.
“Her clothing was very conservative, but her clothes were my clothes.”
Hwang told me that her mother was an inspiration for Elba.
“Every single person I met who came to live with me at home was an important person in my life,” she tells me, referring to Elba’s mother.
“In many ways, my mother was like the first mother I’d had, in that she encouraged me to be who I am, and to pursue what I wanted.
She helped me to develop a strong identity and a strong self.”
Elba has also inspired other designers.
The fashion brand Elle has a special line called Elle Boulangerie.
Elboulierie, which translates to “My Boulangers,” is a line of accessories that were inspired by Elbe herself.
“If Elbe wasn’t around, we would never have had a brand,” says designer Dora Lange.
“It’s very important to understand that women were a real part of fashion and that women who didn’t look like us were seen as ugly.
That’s why you see these images of Elbec and Elba in the fashion industry.”
Lange has worked on fashion labels like Fendi, DKNY, and Chanel.
In 2014, she became the first woman in the world to win a prestigious international fashion design award for her work with Elbe and