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Screening of ‘W.E.’ Hosted by the Cinema Society and Piaget

MoMA. December 4, 2011. By Bennett Marcus

How did you prepare to direct this movie? “Well, I’ve been on a few film sets in my day, and I’ve been married to a few directors, and I’ve been friends with a lot of directors, so I’ve picked up some tips along the way. Paid attention.” —MADONNA

ANDERSON COOPER

Is that a new hairdo? “It is. I was doing a miniseries in England for the past five months called Hit and Miss, and I had really long, black hair. Now I’m kind of transitioning back to blonde. It’s a long process.” —CHLOË SEVIGNY

ANDY COHEN

Did you ever meet Wallis Simpson? “I met her lots of times, yeah. She had a few of my dresses from one of my first collections in ’68.” —VALENTINO GARAVANI

MICHELLE TRACHTENBERG

JEFFREY DONOVAN

Your costumes for the movie are very elaborate. I heard you had about 60 changes? “80. I think 80 at last count, so a lot of costumes. It was an extraordinary amount of couture. What she wore was very symmetrical, almost matronly.” Did you get to keep any of the clothes? “No. I didn’t ask. It’s sometimes hard enough to shed a character as it is; I think I may have carried on being her had I kept any.” —ANDREA RISEBOROUGH

KIM CATTRALL

NINA GARCIA

The love story between Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII is pretty romantic. Do you have any romantic stories from your past? “I met my husband in a snowstorm. And because I couldn’t get home that night, I slept at his artist studio.” —DONNA KARAN

GLENDA BAILEY

RACHEL ROY

Were the costumes in the movie historically accurate? “Yeah. Actually, there’s a Balenciaga dress which I don’t think Wallis ever did wear, but it’s certainly of the period, and it’s something she might have worn. And there’s a cameo from Stephen Jones as the British royal milliner, which is very amusing.” —HAMISH BOWLES

PARKER POSEY

OLIVIA PALERMO

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