Man of Steel Superman suit. Costume designers James Acheson and Michael Wilkinson.
Last night was the big opening gala for FIDM’s 22nd annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition. Frocktalk contributor Lauren Fonville and I tore it up – chatting with designers and ooh-ing and aah-ing over the many beautiful works of costume art on display. The exhibit showcased costumes from twenty-one films of 2013, as well as last year’s Oscar winner, ‘Anna Karenina’.
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Phillip Boutte is one of the hottest costume illustrators in town. With a resume that includes box-office behemoths like Inception, Man of Steel, Twilight/Breaking Dawn, and Star Trek, his rise has been meteoric. We sat down to breakfast and ended up talking about everything from new rendering programs to racism in the media. I really adore Phillip and am so excited to share this interview with you. Grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you?
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Frocktalkers, remember that awesome HOLLYWOOD COSTUME exhibit that Deborah Nadoolman Landis put together at the V & A in London last October? Well, it’s on the move! The show will open at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne on April 24. This is a DO NOT MISS event, people. If you are in Australia or New Zealand (or anywhere else close-by), this exhibit merits a trip, for sure. It’s so exciting. More info HERE! Enjoy, everyone!
These Prada shoes. These shoes. Come on.
Frocktalkers, I have just returned from New York City, and WOW, do I have a find for you!!! It’s the Albright Fashion Library, and before you start thinking of a musty space filled with old books and magazines, let me tell you: it’s pure fashion. Not a book to be found. This is a place that lends clothing, and not just any clothing – top-of-the-line, first-run designer fashion – and tons of it.
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I was at a Fourth of July party yesterday, when a makeup writer friend of mine and I got into a conversation about the book Color Me Beautiful. Most of you Frocktalkers are probably too young to remember this phenomenon, but using this book, you could determine whether you were a “winter”, “spring”, “summer” or “autumn”, and choose flattering clothing and makeup colors accordingly. My friend was wondering if the premise still held up today, thirty-plus years after the book was first published. It got me thinking…
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Nolan Miller and his Dynasty ladies
Raise your shoulder pads and lower the veils on your hats, Frocktalkers. This is a big one. Nolan Miller, costume design icon, has left the building. Mr. Miller was a driving force behind the use of big ole shoulder pads in the 1980s, thanks in part to his incredible and fantastic work on Dynasty. The contribution that he made to our cultural environment in this time period can not be underestimated. His appreciation of the female shape – and the way he decorated it – influenced fashion houses all over the world. Nolan Miller defined a certain kind of glamour for this era, and I hope that his talent and skill will be appreciated for a long time to come. Rest in peace, Nolan Miller… and thanks for raising the bar.
NY Times Obit HERE
Frocktalker Laura sent me the link to this interesting article from GQ online about the costumes from the newest Batman installation, The Dark Knight Rises. Kind of interesting… what do you think? Read the article HERE!
Who’d’a thunk it?!?! Swedish retail giant H & M is moving forward with a fashion line based on the American version of Stieg_Larsson‘s Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Odd, given that the novel is from Sweden, written in Swedish, and the first film was made in Sweden with Swedish actors. Wonder why it takes an American version of this iconically Swedish film to get a huge Swedish retailer to launch a line in America? Confused yet? See the full story HERE at Elle.com!
I am a senior in high school and narrowing down my choices of colleges. I did want to study fashion design, and was serious about art colleges, but recently I have taken a great interest in costume design. Do you have any recommendations for colleges or courses of study in college? And if I did go to an art school and studied fashion design, is there any way I could cross over into costuming, such as volunteer work? Thank you for time!
Sincerely, Emily I.