about The Dark Candy

about The Dark Candy

Valentina De Giorgi & Sakis Lalas Founders of The Dark Candy

WHO WE ARE

The Dark Candy is a film and impact production company founded by Sakis Lalas, director and producer, and Valentina De Giorgi, writer and producer.

We are a couple in life and work, our passions are fashion and cinema and we want to tell people INSPIRING STORIES. Inspiring stories can change lives.  Inspiring stories can change the world.

We write, create and produce limited docu-series and feature documentaries. We write, create and produce content for digital mediums and digital platforms.

We created and produced the web docu-series Meet The Hollywood Costume Designers”, shot between Los Angeles and Rome, where legendary Hollywood Costume Designers tell everything about their amazing work.

We created and produced Hollywood in Quarantine”, an unconventional short-documentary, shot through the middle of the lockdown, breaking down the boundaries, the bans from traveling and the social distancing. “Hollywood in Quarantine” is an Official Selection at the Milano Fashion Film Festival 2021.

We are impact producers. We design and execute impact campaigns that reach our documentaries core audience, creating community engagement.

To support our documentaries “Meet The Hollywood Costume Designers” and “Hollywood in Quarantine” we organized many events where the audience actually met big Hollywood Costume Designers.

We held Masterclasses on Fashion & Cinema and on the huge impact Costume Design has on our culture.

We created an online Live Talks Series format, “Fashion Meets Cinema” where we host the Costume Designers of hit TV shows & movies that influenced fashion, like “Emily in Paris”, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”, “The Handmaid’s Tale”, “Unorthodox”, ”Clueless” and ”Melrose Place”.

SAKIS LALAS

Sakis Lalas is the co-founder of The Dark Candy productions. In his long career as an editorial photographer, he portrayed some of the most big names of the fashion industry, such as Giorgio Armani, Roberto Cavalli, Silvia Fendi, Angela Missoni, Kean Etro, Tommy Hilfiger. His photos have been published in many Top international magazines like WWD (Women’s Wear Daily) and The New York Times in USA; Style (Corriere della Sera’s Magazine), Cosmopolitan in Italy; The Sunday Times and Harper’s Bazaar in UK. Sakis directed and produced the docu-series ”Meet The Hollywood Costume Designers” where legendary Hollywood costume designers tell everything about their amazing work. And ”Hollywood in Quarantine”, an unconventional short-documentary, shot through the middle of the lockdown, breaking down the boundaries, the bans from traveling and the social distancing. ”Hollywood in Quarantine” is an Official Selection at the Milano Fashion Film Festival 2021.

VALENTINA DE GIORGI

Valentina De Giorgi is the co-founder of The Dark Candy productions. She has a long experience in fashion, exploring it in its various aspects, from journalism – she wrote about fashion and lifestyle for important italian publications such as il Sole 24 Ore and Fashion magazine il Settimanale Italiano della Moda – to communication and consulting, collaborating with up-and-coming brands and showrooms in Milan. Valentina wrote the docu-series Meet The Hollywood Costume Designers, where legendary Hollywood costume designers tell everything about their amazing work. And Hollywood in Quarantine, an unconventional short-documentary, shot through the middle of the lockdown, breaking down the boundaries, the bans from traveling and the social distancing. Hollywood in Quarantine is an Official Selection at the Milano Fashion Film Festival 2021.

 

CONTACT

Contact us If you want to know more about our NEW projects:
info@thedarkcandy.com

 

 

official Selection fashion film festival milano

 

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 THE DARK CANDY EVENTS

Another amazing TheDarkCandy event: We were at the italian Foreign Press Association in Rome where we had a very exclusive conversation with a group of GREAT costume designers: Oscar nomination Deborah Landis (The Blues Brothers), Oscar nomination Carlo Poggioli (The Young Pope), Daniela Ciancio (The Great Beauty) and Eva Coen (La mafia uccide solo d’estate tv series).

DeborahLandis_foreignPress2

 

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 THE DARK CANDY EVENTS

A BIG thanks to Sanja Hays the costume designer of Captain Marvel, to Arrigo costume house in Milan and to all the people that attended this The Dark Candy TALK.

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 THE DARK CANDY EVENTS

 

We just put another amazing THE DARK CANDY event under our belt! A BIG thanks to Anthea Sylbert the costume designer of Rosemary’s Baby & Chinatown, to Thessaloniki International Film Festival and to all the people that attended this amazing Q&A/screening.

anthea sylbert the dark candy

 

 


READ THE PRESS ABOUT US:

 

 We are so flattered to be on: “il Sole 24 Ore”, one of the most influential italian newspapers worldwide. They talk about The Dark Candy, where fashion meets cinema.

 

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COSMOPOLITAN Italy talks about the Oscar nominated costumes, about THE DARK CANDY  and our work on costume designers.

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STYLE the monthly magazine of Corriere della Sera in Italy talks about our event in Milan, at Arrigo Costume House, with Sanja Hays the costume designer of Captain Marvel  and our docu-series MEET THE HOLLYWOOD COSTUME DESIGNERS.

 

Style Corriere della sera Sanja Hays TheDarkCandy

 

 

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NEWS:

Every time we are on the official page of The David C. Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA in Los Angeles we feel more and more propelled to go on!

 

 

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NEWS:

The episode of our docu-series MEET THE HOLLYWOOD COSTUME DESIGNERS with Carlo Poggioli, the costume designer of the Tv show “The Young Pope”, is online also on the Official website of A.S.C. (Italian Association of Costume & Production Designers).
Directed by Sakis Lalas
Written by Valentina De Giorgi

 

 

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Thank you LIFO magazine for the wonderful article about The Dark Candy “where fashion meets cinema”, and our “Meet the Hollywood Costume Designers” docu-series.

 

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The national daily Greek newspaper KATHIMERINI talks about  The Dark Candy “where fashion meets cinema”, and our “Hollywood Greek Fire” project.

 

 

 

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The Dark Candy Masterclasses

WHERE FASHION MEETS CINEMA
A TRIP TO HOLLYWOOD TO MEET
THE AMAZING COSTUME DESIGNERS

 

The Dark Candy at NOLAB Academy in Milan

 

 

 

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NEWS:

Greek Film Academy’s parallel events of the Film Factory include a photography exhibition titled Hollywood Greek Fire by well-known photographer Sakis Lalas, THE DARK CANDY’s Co-Founder. It is about a series of portraits with Greek-origin film professionals that flourish in Hollywood. From Paramount’s CEO Jim Gianopulos and Irene Papas to recently Oscar awarded Composer Alexandre Desplat.

 

 

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O GLOBO the most important newspaper in Brasil talks about us, The Dark Candy “where fashion meets cinema” and about our “Meet the Hollywood Costume Designers” docu-series.

 

 

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