AROUND TOWN: Aroonsri Khamsamran

Whether you’ve pulled style inspiration from Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe, odds are some of your favorite style moments come from iconic Hollywood films. Even if it was maybe just for a Halloween costume that one time. To get a little bit more insight on the intersection between film and fashion, I sat down with a student filmmaker to talk about two of my favorite things.

Name: Aroonsri Khamsamran

Role: Director, Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Senior Capstone Project, Jubilation

CollegeFashionista: What inspired you to get into filmmaking?

Aroonsri Khamsamran: My family has always been into film. Even when I was a child and lived in Thailand, the biggest treat was to go to the capitol city of Bangkok and watch movies in the big theater. I always felt joy, inspiration and wonder after watching a really good film.

CF: Do you think fashion has a role in filmmaking?

AK: Well, of course, fashion is everything when it comes to film. It helps us know and understand what and who the characters are. Clothing is definitely one thing we have control of. It is a significant clue we share with the world that gives insight into the minds of the characters.

CF: What characters/TV shows inspire you both sartorially and artistically?

AK: Zoolander! [Just kidding.] Oh, this is a hard one! If I could choose one, it would be Drive. It feels right. Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted a bomber jacket. I don’t know why. And for years I’d forgotten about the jacket until Ryan Gosling showed up in Drive with that really cool white one. The whole film has this very cool American look, and the cinematography is just gorgeous! Yeah, it’s definitely Drive!

CF: Is there a specific character you wish you could dress like or clothes you wish you could steal from a movie?

AK: One of my favorite characters is Ellen Ripley from Alien. I always wanted to be as awesome as her and wear my cool jumpsuit under my spacesuit while fighting aliens. However, when I think about it, it would also be cool to have the futuristic glowing jumpsuits from the new Tron. I think we all like to steal outfits from our favorite characters.

Learn More: To see more of Aroonsri’s film work, you can check out her YouTube channel or the Facebook page for her Capstone project, Jubilation.