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

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