John Malkovich Embarks on a Fashion Career in Soulful Short Film for Squarespace

Web company redesigned his site

Many of his fans might not know that Academy Award nominee John Malkovich actually got his start as a costume designer. Now, Malkovich is taking up a career in fashion design again with the help of Squarespace, which redesigned his website,, to show off his new fashion collection. Squarespace's short film showcases Malkovich's decision to venture back into the fashion world.

The soulful three-minute video has Malkovich roaming the streets of Paris and sketching his new designs, while receiving calls and emails from disbelieving Hollywood colleagues about his new career path. "John, come on, we've got movies to make," one tells him.

But, Malkovich ultimately perseveres, saying, "I've never made my life about what other people thought of me or what I should do."

The ad is designed to show off Malkovich's journey and Squarespace's role in helping him and other freelancers and entrepreneurs pursue new careers, said Squarespace's chief creative officer David Lee.

"John's story is of change, transformation and reinvention," Lee said. "It's a gentle reminder that you don't have to settle with the hand you've been dealt. These are the sorts of multifaceted individuals we love to highlight and partner with."


Client: Squarespace
CEO: Anthony Casalena
Chief Creative Officer: David Lee
Director of Brand Marketing: Amory Wooden Marketing: Farah Sheikh
Talent: Natasha Ivankovitser
Design Lead: Donovan Mafnas
Designer: Luis Gonzalez
Designer: McLane Teitel
Designer: Shawn Lee
Photography Retoucher: Craig Reynolds

Creative Collective: JohnXHannes
Executive Creative Director / Founder: Hannes Ciatti, John McKelvey Head of Client Management: Verena Zannantoni
Executive Producer: Kristine Ling
Senior Art Director: Conor Hagan
Senior Copywriter: Matt McCarron Senior Planner: Iain Newton Operations Director: Karen Lo

Production: Smuggler
Director: Miles Jay
Executive Producers: Allison Kunzman, Patrick Milling-Smith & Brian Carmody DOP: Chayse Irwin
Production Designer: Carly Reddin
Stylist: Jurgen Doering
Parisian Service Company: Premiere Heure
Parisian Producer: Catherine Guillot
US Line Producer: Alex Orlovsky

Editorial: Work Editorial
Editor: Ben Jordan
Executive Producer: Erica Thompson
Producer: Jamie Lynn Perritt
Assistant Editor: Kenneth Casey Swoyer/Adam Witten

Color: Company 3
Colorist: Tom Poole
Co3 Producer: Clare Movshon

VFX: ArtJail
CD: Steve Mottershead EP: John Skeffington Producer: Mike Tockman Flame Lead: Chris Memoli Titles: Ryan Hawthorne

Sound Design: Jafbox Sound
Sound Designer: Joseph Fraioli
Music: Q Department and Devotchka "How It Ends"

Audio Finishing: Sonic Union
Audio Post Mixer: Steve Rosen Audio Producer: Pat Sullivan