Fascinating People…Meet Chante Trepte

I met Chante a couple of years ago when we’d both just moved to Phoenix and  we’d discovered Phoenix Fashion Week. We came from different areas of the industry, but both of us are crazy about fashion. At that first meeting, we chatted about what we’d been doing and where we thought we might be headed.  Since then Chante has established a production company called 3 Chicks Productions, which is the creator of FASHION CINEMA.

“Fashion is no longer confined to theatrical runway shows, picture windows, and glossy magazine spreads. Now, fashion has a story and it’s coming to a screen near you…..”  You’ll find these words on the 3 Chicks Production’s Fashion Cinema website.

I recently sat down with Chante to catch up. Here’s what we talked about.

Q. Based on your own vision, how do you describe Fashion Cinema?

A.“Fashion Cinema is a menage-a-trois, a love affair between fashion, beauty, and film all with the purpose of creating a new movement of style entertainment. Fashion Cinema is about real movies, with real stories, covering various film styles and genres. We call them “fashion film shorts” or “fashion movies”. The stars are the clothes themselves, the latest couture of today’s fashion elite.”

Q. What do you see as your mission?

A. “Our mission is to help build and expand the brands of designers everywhere, and to attract those creative professionals in fashion who usually take the back seat such as the make-up artists, to the center stage. But really, we just like watching pretty clothes!”

Q. How do you go about getting funding for a project?

A. Usually it’s the film maker who fronts the money for a small film. I paid for mine. Or, you can seek a group of investors who might be willing to take a chance, but if you do that it needs to be clear that you need to be in control of the project. Always get a document that clearly defines any contributor’s role.

Q. Your film Just Jane, has been shown and well received at the CMJ Music & Film Festival in New York, as well as Phoenix Fashion Week. What are you working on now?

A. Right now I’m working on pitching Fashion Cinema as a TV show on cable TV, using the Just Jane film as part of my “sizzle reel”.

Q. I recall you’re telling me that you had an interest in creating a fashion TV program. Where did this idea come from?

A. “I went to SF State and got a degree in Film. I also took Journalism and discovered my love of fashion while interviewing the editor of a local fashion magazine. It was really the fashion editorials….the story behind the pictures that pulled me into it. I realized that it would make a great movie. When I moved to Hawaii, I created and developed a fashion talk show called Fashion Café, which was aired on the local network.

What do you see as the future of the fashion industry here? Do you see it going in a particular direction?

A. I see it growing. There’s a lot of talent here and Phoenix Fashion Week, in particular, has really helped the fashion community grow and become more relevant by giving designers a legitimate forum and a means of exposure.

Thanks, Chante.

For more information, contact Chante Trepte at www.fashioncinemaz.com.

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Article by Liz Riley, Editor


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