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Awardsapalooza 2010-2011: The Oscar Goes to…

Colleen Atwood for her exquisite work on Alice in Wonderland.  Congratulations to all the nominees, and especially to Ms. Atwood on this, her third Oscar win!  Nice work!!!


Awardsapalooza 2010-2011: The Saturn Award Nominations!

This just in -the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror has announced its nominees for the SATURN awards, and here are the costume contenders:

Colleen Atwood, Alice in Wonderland
Milena Canonero, The Wolfman
Isis Mussenden, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Jany Temime, Harry Potter an The Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Michael Wilkinson & Christine Bieselin Clark, Tron: Legacy
Janty Yates, Robin Hood

Full list of nominees HERE.  The Saturn awards take place in June, so stand by for more results!


Jayne Seward Talks with Academy Award Nominees

Frocktalker and friend Jayne Seward talks with Academy Award nominees Colleen Atwood, Jenny Beavan and Mary Zophres over at apparelnews.net.  Check it out – it’s a wonderful interview!  Good going, Jayne!!!


Talking with Meghan Hansen, FIDM Registrar

Frocktalk reporters Kim Ngo and Hannah Greene spoke with FIDM’s Registrar Meghan Hansen at the big Art of Motion Picture Costume Design gala.  Meghan is the one responsible for the installation of this beautiful exhibition, and here’s what she had to say!

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Tim Burton: The Exhibition – on tour!

That’s right – the artwork, sketches, and general genius of Tim Burton are making their way around our globe, thanks in part to New York’s MOMA and exhibit curators Ron Magliozzi, Jenny He and Rajendra Roy.  Next stop: Australia!  The exhibit opens today at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.  The exhibit will come to Toronto’s Bell Lightbox at the Toronto Film Festival on September 12 (to coincide with the Toronto Film Festival).  And then… Los Angeles!  LACMA will host the exhibit from May 29, 2011 to October 31, 2011; wouldn’t Jack Skellington be proud!?!  More info from the LA Times HERE!


FIDM Alice in Wonderland Costume Contest

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles has a few exhibits up right now – one of which features film costumes and other garments inspired by the Tim Burton film Alice in Wonderland. Along with the exhibit, FIDM is hosting a number of events, including the Alice in Wonderland costume contest, which took place this morning. My. Oh. My.

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LA Times interview with Colleen Atwood: Alice!

Hello everyone!  It’s getting busy in my world – I have so many interviews yet to share with you, so please be patient as I get to them when I can.  I found THIS ARTICLE in the LA Times this morning – a very nice interview with Colleen Atwood about her beautiful work on Alice in Wonderland.  This is really a must-see movie for costumes, and if I’m lucky, I will twist the arm of Maggie (from The Costumer’s Guide) into doing a brief “dueling banjos” on the subject.  A chat, at minimum!  Have a great day, Frocktalkers, and enjoy the article!


Alice in Wonderland-Mania!

From the NY Times, I give you this article about how Tim Burton’s new film Alice In Wonderland is inspiring fashion, art, and all of humanity. It’s a nice piece, and they talk with Colleen Atwood about her work.  Read on!



Dribs and Drabs: Articles for your Perusal

Here’s an interesting article from the LA Times Magazine.  Freddie Lieba, described as a “fashion pundit”, tells reporter Robin Sayers about his 22 favorite gowns in film.  An eclectic selection, for sure!  The good news is that the costume designers are listed by name in the article.  So often, they are not, so good on Robin Sayers!!

Frocktalk tipster Deborah submitted this article for all you fans of Tim Burton’s upcoming Alice in Wonderland.  Looks like you may be able to purchase some costume-inspired-dresses at a store near you very soon.  AND, maybe even some Stella-McCartney-designed/inspired-by-Alice jewelry.  But let’s not forget that Colleen Atwood designed the costumes in the first place, so I hope she is given some kind of credit in the marketing!


Comic Con: Day Four!

Red, blood-shot eyes.  Last day of the Con!

Red, blood-shot eyes. Last day of the Con!

Okay, I just arrived back in LA from San Diego, and I am totally wiped out.  Today was “Kids Day” at Comic Con, and I went with Mini Darth Vader and his dad to seek some good times.  Good times we found, in the form of lots of fun kid-friendly activities.
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