Sophia Banks’ Short Film Is Tulle Princess Meets Skater Grrrl: BUST Interview

by Miriam Mosher

The lines between high fashion and street fashion are constantly reconfiguring, in part, because the male-dominated fashion industry is finally starting to see more gender balance. When women, like Sophia Banks who directed the video Making it On Time: Girls Skate for Christian Siriano, step into these roles, we see more interesting representations of women and the clothes they wear. At BUST, we love to see personal style represented in a way that showcases the many facets of women: you can have princess style and be sporty and damn good at skating all in one.

Making It On Time has been selected for the Milano, Berlin, and Miami Fashion Film Festivals, and with good reason: it’s visually stunning, showcasing Siriano’s delicate dresses, the pulse of the city, and the physicality of skating all in one. It’s refreshing to see the women dressed in these cotton candy-hued dresses that emphasize the feminine form while skateboarding and showing off these physical feats that challenge ideas of what a tulle dress stands for. 

“I love the use of dichotomy in any art form,” Banks told BUST. “It is by using this contrast you can make one thing stand out. I wanted to highlight the germane qualities, by choosing candy colored dresses, makeup, and long hair. This is contrasted against the hard background of downtown and also the fact they are pro- skaters. These are actually pro-skaters, these girls can really skate very well.”

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Reflecting on her inspiration for the short, Banks recalled being 19 and in film school and the seeming impossibility of breaking into directing as a woman. “When I came back to it all those years later,” she told BUST, “I wanted to do something that shows women can be beautiful and bad ass too. It’s my homage to women everywhere and my daughter- be strong be great and you can still be feminine at the same time.”

Images via Making It On Time: Girls Can Skate

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