Deborah Nadoolman Landis (L) and Sandy Powell. Photo: Charlie Fonville
“Dress is a trifling matter…but it gives also the one outward sign from which people in general can and often do judge upon the inward state of mind and feeling of a person.” — Queen Victoria, 1858
By Lauren Fonville
The indomitable Queen Victoria, England’s longest-reigning monarch was on everybody’s mind on Sunday as visitors flooded the Getty Center’s new exhibit, A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography in Los Angeles.
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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.
The Winner Takes it All!
If you have ever had a costume presentation to make detailing a specific year, including the trends, music, events and other things that took place back then, you know how difficult it can sometimes be to find good, reliable information and (more importantly for us) pictures. There are a few places to check. Wikipedia is usually pretty reliable for background information. The People History has additional (though vague) information about prices of things, and a small blurb about fashion in the particular era. There is some info on Fashion Era, but not many pictures of actual garments. It is difficult to get accurate photos (and lots of them) in one place.
Enter Memorylane.com. Formerly known as classmates.com, Memorylane is a wonderful database of specific images on a year-by-year basis. It is a searchable database, full of images and videos specific to that particular year. No guesswork as to whether or not the poster of the photo had the year right. It’s lovely. Check it out! And good luck with your presentations!
Review Date: 5-23-10
Release Date: 3-6-98
Runtime: 117 min.
Period: early 1990s
Costume designer: Mary Zophres
This movie is brilliantly designed in that the characters are concisely and efficiently illustrated. These characters are clearly defined from the beginning, and their costumes tell us exactly who they are from the moment we meet them. In this sense, they are archetypes, strongly drawn and easily recognized. For a movie as wacky and all over the place as The Big Lebowski, the visual simplicity of these characters helps the audience to stay engaged.
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