By Lauren Fonville
The odds are ever in the favor of “Hunger Games” fans craving amazing
memorabilia this month.
Blacksparrow Auctions will auction over 200 original costumes from the
2012 film on November 16, just one week before the release of its
sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Bidders can get in on the
action in person at Blacksparrow’s Los Angeles headquarters, by phone
and online. The original costumes designed by three-time Academy Award
nominee Judianna Makovsky will be unveiled at a reception on November
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So, I’ve had my head deep in some books lately, in preparation for this TEDx speech I’m giving at the end of June. It’s been very interesting to revisit the subject of costume design from an outside perspective. In the talk, I’m trying to explain the concept of clothing as a visual language – one that we all speak, in various dialects. A red dress to you may mean a very different kind of red dress to me. So how do we talk about visual language with any real meaning? Here’s where the following books come in handy.
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Is it still "Blue Collar" if it's fur?
Eagle-Eyed Frocktalk tipster Lisa pointed this article out to me today. It’s from our friends over at Jezebel, who put their spin on this article from Slate. The Slate article complains about beautiful Hollywood stars trying (and failing) to look working class in movies. I must warn you, not all the content in the articles is particularly nice or flattering to costume designers, but I think it’s important that we read these articles and think about these issues. Slate went so far as to post a slideshow about the subject HERE. Clearly no one at Slate has designed costumes for a movie, because if they had, they certainly would know what it feels like to receive five pages of notes from studio executives asking to make the actress look “less schlumpy” and “more attractive”, even though she is working class, blue collar, to’ up from the flo’ up, and dirt poor. Of particular interest (to me anyway), are the comments on these articles. Check it out, and let the discussion begin!
** UPDATE!!! – I wrote a letter to Sadie Stein, the author of the Jezebel article! Read it after the jump! **
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Chris from Clothes on Film and I sat down to discuss this iconic movie, the regional aspect of culture, Angel’s Flight pants and Gunne Sax. Read on…
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