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Dancer Mettenarrative Explores the Power of Clothes in Alexander McQueen ‘Sprint Runner’ Short Film

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PRETTYBIRD's Sophie Muller directs the film inspired by the dancers fiercely beautiful physicality

Dancer Mettenarrative Explores the Power of Clothes in Alexander McQueen ‘Sprint Runner’ Short Film

Alexander McQueen launches a new film directed by award winning director and visual artist Sophie Muller (PRETTYBIRD), featuring the Sprint Runner sneaker worn by singer, Songwriter and renowned dancer, Mettenarrative. 

Inspired by Mette’s fiercely beautiful physicality, the film is the ultimate expression of empowerment through clothing. Mette wears a corset dress with oversized silver metal hook-and-eye detailing and an asymmetric drape skirt in both black and tea rose satin. The dresses are teamed with the McQueen Sprint Runner in classic white. 

A modern and streamlined variation of a classic running sneaker, the Alexander McQueen Sprint Runner was first seen on the women’s Spring/ Summer 2022 runway. It has a laced, metal free white leather upper and an exaggerated rubber sole. Available in all white with a white counter heel or in white with a contrast black leather counter heel and in seasonal colours reflecting the palette of both men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, all are finished with an Alexander McQueen signature and three-dimensional McQueen seal. 

Mettenarrative is a dancer, actor and musician. Having toured with Pharrell Williams, she came to prominence in the music video for Lemon by N.E.R.D., featuring Rihanna. She has appeared as an actress in Hustlers and in The Old Guard and from 2019 and throughout the pandemic Mette focused her talents on song writing.

‘Sprint Trainer’ is the 2nd out of three accessories films directed by Sophie Muller and commissioned by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. 

‘Sprint Trainer’ was shot at Wapping Power Station, and PRETTYBIRD Director Sophie Muller worked closely with Mettenarrative, using her prowess as a skilled performer to inspire the creative around the film. The film is about the physicality, rhythm and emotion of movement. Mettenarrative is incredibly powerful and athletic throughout the film, pushing herself to the limit. Beautiful yet authentic and emotional in her desire for physical perfection.

This was achieved by using different camera speeds and angles, whilst capturing the emotions and character of Mette as the object of our fascination.

PRETTYBIRD UK co-founder Juliette Larthe was executive producer, with head of production Fiona Bamford-Phillips and producer: Benji Landman.

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Alexander McQueen

Chief Communication & Marketing Officer: Paolo Cigognini

Global Digital Communications Director: Calandra Caldecott

Head of Production: Judith Paternoster

Production: Aliia Galimova

Production Coordinator: Yasmine M’Rabet

Wardrobe: Sid Barton

Design: James Norton

Hair Artist: Ali Pirzadeh

Hair Assistant: Tommy Stayton

Make-up Artist: Bea Sweet

Nails: Marta Nagorska

BTS Photographer: Rowan Greig


Production Company: PRETTYBIRD

Co-Founder UK / Exec Producer: Juliette Larthe

Head of Production: Fiona Bamford-Phillips

Producer: Benji Landman

Production Assistant: Lottie Lindsay-Beavan

1st AD: Clara Paris

2nd AD: Lucia Ritucci

Runner: Hugo Foley

Runner: Josh Haselden

Runner: Peace Ogbuani

Runner: Shaniece Scott

Runner: Naurin Chowdhury

Director of Photography: Joel Honeywell

Focus Puller: Hopi Demattio

Clapper Loader: Kairo Jones

Camera Trainee: James Groves

Steadicam: Josh Brooks

Stills Camera Operator: Jess Pearson

Underwater Camera Operator: Rob Franklin

Grip: Tom Stansfield

Grip: Paul Mammone


Video Playback: Von Adams

DIT: Ash Daniyan

Location Manager: Kim Fenton

Location Assistant: Lottie Turner

Gaffer: Tom Nowell

Electrician: Cleo Vogler

Electrician: Andy Gonsalves

Electrician: Gregory Britten

Rigger: Nick Curry

Wires Rigger: Andy Thompson

Generator Operator: Taylor Egan

Generator Operator: Eleanor Waller

Art Director: Nancy Brown

Prop Man: Ed Kellow

Art Department Assistant: Harrison Clark

Art Department Runner: Lili Fletcher

Movement Director: Benjamin Jonson

Stills Camera Operator: Jess Pearson

Medic: Verity Stacey

Cherry Picker Operator: Ian Page Mitchell

Honey Wagon Driver: Martin Dean

Genres: People, Choreography

Categories: Designer, Clothing and Fashion

PRETTYBIRD UK, Thu, 14 Jul 2022 10:23:46 GMT