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People in Film | Sofia Coppola

Posted October 20, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Sofia Coppola"

A closer look at Sofia Coppola, the writer-director of Focus Features’ Somewhere, which won the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.

Sofia Coppola | Beginnings
Sofia Coppola | Acting and Writing
Sofia Coppola | Modeling and Milk Fed
Sofia Coppola | First films
Sofia Coppola | Tokyo Song
Sofia Coppola | Versailles
Sofia Coppola | Checking into the Chateau
Sofia Coppola | Modeling and Milk Fed

Sofia Coppola | Modeling and Milk Fed

In the 90s, Coppola began the next phase of her career as a creative artist in the fashion world. Before graduating high school she interned with Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel. “I made Xeroxes, I fetched people coffee... the kind of menial tasks that interns do,” she later told The Onion. “But I was right in the thick of it when they were working on the collections, so I got to watch them go from working sketches to final designs.” After attending Mills College and CalArts, Coppola briefly modeled and also appeared in music videos, including Stéphane Sednaoui’s Times Square romance, “Sometimes Salvation.” In 1994, along with Stephanie Hayman and Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon, she launched a fashion line, Milk Fed. Coppola designed the colorful, casual clothes, which were sold predominantly in Japan in only small and extra-small sizes. “I make things that I want, things that you look for and can’t find,” she told MTV’s House of Style. She kept the line inexpensive, she said, “so people can afford it but also because you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that you’re only going to wear for a little while [before] you get bored with it.”