EXPANDED FINAL TOUR OF COSTUME DESIGN EXHIBITION ARRIVES OCTOBER 2
Featuring costumes from The Hunger Games, Django Unchained, The Wizard of Oz and more
On view October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015
BEVERLY HILLS, CA – This fall the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the final showing of the groundbreaking multimedia exhibition Hollywood Costume in the historic Wilshire May Company building, the future location of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, at Wilshire Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles. Organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A), this ticketed exhibition explores the central role of costume design – from the glamorous to the very subtle – as an essential tool of cinematic storytelling.
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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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From the Bata Museum: Roger Vivier for German tannery Heyl-Libenau, French, 1934
Frocktalkers, if you love shoes (really? Like who wouldn’t love shoes?!) you are going to LOVE this. The Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto has a fabulous website, and they have PODCASTS all about shoes – famous peoples’ shoes, historical shoes, unusual shoes, I mean, WOAH. It’s pretty incredible. Thanks to Frocktalker Haleh for alerting me to this. I need to grab my earbuds and get listening! Enjoy!!
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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Western Costume Company is celebrating 100 years of service to the entertainment community, and the LA Times is all over it!! There are several articles covering various aspects of Western Costume’s history – HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. They’ve also resurrected an article from 1989 about the sale and move of Western from Melrose Ave. (the old location, close to the Paramount lot) to its current location in North Hollywood! It’s a pretty spectacular set of articles, and big thanks to LA Times for recognizing the contribution that Western has made to our industry, and for sharing it with the world! Check it out, Frocktalkers, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Western!!
The LA Times is running a beautiful story about one of our favorite shoemakers/shoe repair/shoe wizard places in town. Behold Willie’s Shoe Service! They’ve been around forever, and are a trusted vendor, doing excellent work on a tight deadline. Back in the day, Willie himself would do the work. Now that Willie is retired, Raul Ojeda is at the helm. If you’ve never used Willie’s, check them out!! Read the article HERE, and have a great day!
A very interesting article in the LA Times got me thinking today about what “vintage clothing” actually means. No one can agree on how old a garment needs to be before it is declared “vintage”. In my (professional) opinion, a garment is “vintage” when it is 25 years old or older. It’s old enough to be off the shelves, and it’s probably cycled through the phases of “cool”, “uncool”, “unwearable”, “funny” and back to “cool”. In that sense, you can determine what is “vintage” by following what comes back into fashion – in magazines and in stores.
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Hey Frocktalkers! If you are in Los Angeles tomorrow (5-21-2011), don’t miss the big Spring Cleaning Sale at Western Costume!!! It starts at 8AM and goes until 2PM, so get there early if you want the good stuff. Here are the details:
Western Costume: 11041 VanOwen St., North Hollywood, CA 91605 818/760-0900 REAR PARKING LOT. Credit cards and cash accepted. Rain or shine!
Thousands of items, prices starting at 50 cents! Vintage, Medieval, Renaissance, shoes and hats, and much more, in a wide variety of sizes! This sounds like a good sale, folks. Don’t miss it! Have a great weekend, everyone.