Hi everyone – I’ve just returned from a screening of The Great Gatsby, and wanted to briefly record my impressions here for you. First of all, there are a TON of costumes. Like thousands and thousands of costumes, all very different from each other. There are dance costumes and party costumes and poor people costumes and banker/Wall Street costumes and rich people costumes, etc., etc., etc., it’s exhausting! Bottom line: it’s beautiful. But keep in mind, this is not a Merchant-Ivory movie; this is not the place to be looking for exacting period accuracy. This is a Baz Luhrmann movie, and his specific vision is what comes to life here, courtesy of costumes and sets by designer Catherine Martin. Continue reading ‘The Great Gatsby’
Olivia Wilde as Jane in “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”
Frocktalkers, I am very excited to share this interview with you. I sat down for breakfast with costume designer Dayna Pink, and we ended up talking about everything from Tenacious D to the tenuous work-life balance in our industry. Grab a cup of coffee and join us for breakfast!
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Just some brief thoughts about Mama, since we start shooting on Monday and sadly I don’t have time to do a full review. It’s a scary movie, mostly contemporary with a few flashbacks to the 1880s. Bottom line – BRAVO for the great use of the three-wolf t-shirt. I won’t spoil the surprise for you, Frocktalkers, but watch the movie and spot the three-wolf t-shirt. Also nicely done: the Misfits t-shirts on Jessica Chastain. The overall look of the movie was augmented by great moody lighting and desaturation of the colors in the film (probably in post). The little girls are precious and also creepy, particularly the youngest daughter Lilly (Isabelle Nelisse). It’s a scary movie, but I thought it was pretty mild, actually. It’s a clean PG-13, and the costumes are interesting for sure! Look for the three-wolf t-shirt – it actually made me say “oooh!” out loud in the theater! Nice work, (costume designer) Luis Sequeira, and congrats to the entire costume team!
Review Date: 12-23-12
Runtime: 104 minutes
Period: 1920s-ish, Spain
Costume Designer: Paco Delgado
Okay, if you think that Les Misérables has great costumes, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Paco Delgado, the designer of Les Mis, hits a homerun with the silent, black-and-white (Spanish) adaptation of the Snow White story, Blancanieves. Let’s put it this way – his is the first in the main title credits. That says something. This is masterful work, and for me, his breathtaking work on Les Mis pales in comparison to his absolutely genius work in Blancanieves.
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Review Date: 12-4-12
Release Date: 12-25-12 (USA)
Runtime: 157 minutes
Period: 1815 – 1832, France
Costume Designer: Paco Delgado
Most of us who work in the entertainment industry have seen at least one stage production of Les Misérables in our lives. To miss this musical theater opus would be like not seeing ET or Star Wars; it’s that big of a deal. Les Miz (as it is colloquially called) was first introduced to the stage in the form of a musical in the 1980s. It was a sensation. The music is haunting, the story is relatable, and it packs an emotional wallop. It is no surprise, then, that the current movie version of the musical does the same.
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Review Date: 12-3-12
Release Date: 10-26-12, USA
Runtime: 172 minutes
Period: 1849, 1936, 1973, 2012, 2144, and 106 A. F. (2321)
Costume Designers: Kym Barrett, Pierre-Yves Gayraud
I don’t even know where to begin with this movie. It is breathtaking in its scope, and is such an impressive piece of work. The film explores six different time periods, six different (but linked) storylines, and it manages to utilize the same troupe of actors in all of the different scenarios. Shooting all storylines simultaneously, with two costume designers and a crew of over fifty in the costume department, it is an astounding accomplishment. You won’t believe your eyes.
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Review Date: 11-8-12
Release Date: 12-7-12
Runtime: 94 minutes
Costume Designer: Dinah Collin
Hyde Park on Hudson chronicles a time in American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt‘s life when he becomes intimately involved with his distant cousin Daisy. War looms in Europe, and the British Crown seeks his help. With King George VI and Queen Elizabeth coming for a visit, what to do about the mistress? FDR and Daisy’s relationship seems unlikely at best, however the costumes help to tell the story about class, privilege, status, and wealth.
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Review Date: 10-26-12
Release Date: 11-9-12 (limited); wide on 11-16-12
Runtime: 150 min (approx, unofficial)
Costume Designer: Joanna Johnston
This film details the last four months of American President Abraham Lincoln’s life. Essentially, it covers Lincoln’s struggle to achieve passage of the thirteenth amendment to the US constitution, outlawing slavery. Along the way, it paints a loving picture of Lincoln as a doting, hands-on father, an involved, engaged husband, and a charismatic, determined leader.
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Frocktalkers, it’s an exciting day! My bags are packed and I’m out the door, headed to London for the big opening of the V & A exhibit. I will be posting updates and pictures on Twitter, so please take a look @Frocktalk – it’s going to be crazy! I can’t wait to share the experience with you. If you have any specific requests for photos, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a DM on Twitter and I will do my best to get them for you! I will also be visiting the Cecil Beaton exhibit and Angel’s costume house! So excited!!! Stay tuned for more details, and please check @Frocktalk on Twitter for updates – I won’t be able to post here on Frocktalk until I return! Have a good week, everyone!