This is a VERY interesting letter, written by the wife of one of the producers on TV’s NASHVILLE. Check it out – it’s an interesting perspective on the work and hours we perform, how we are treated, and what it all means. I applaud its author, Micaela Bensko, and I kind of want to have her and family over for dinner. Read on Frocktalkers. Thanks for bearing with me – I have been flying by the seat of my pants these days. Will have a juicy interview up for you very soon – ELLEN MIROJNICK, talking about her work on the upcoming Liberace movie for HBO, BEHIND THE CANDELABRA! Have a great week, everyone!
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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I am a very lucky girl to be able to bring you interviews like this one. I sat down for breakfast with costume designer Mark Bridges yesterday, and have transcribed our conversation for you. Please grab a cup of coffee and join us, won’t you? Mark tells me all about The Master, his methodology, and merkins. Yes, merkins. I enjoyed this so much, I hope to bring you other breakfast-style interviews in the future. Big thanks to Mark for joining me for some toad-in-the-hole and coffee – it was lovely, and very entertaining! Please note that there are spoilers in this interview, so if you want to be surprised by the film, read this after you see it! But if you can’t wait… read on~
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Review Date: 5-29-12
Release Date: 6-1-12
Runtime: 127 minutes
Period: Vaguely Medieval
Costume Designer: Colleen Atwood
Some stories are so good that they just need to be reinterpreted every once in a while. It is therefore no surprise that Snow White has had countless incarnations over the years. The flavor of the latest go-round, Snow White and the Huntsman, is distinctly dark and scary – miles away from the sweet, frothy cartoons and singing birds that have come before. This film is fertile ground for social commentary, and if you are a university-level Women’s Studies major needing material for a thesis, look no further. This is a post-feminist, apocalyptic Snow White, complete with a villain oozing misandry. Sound intriguing?
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It’s been over eighty years since a silent film has won best picture, but 2012’s The Artist looks poised and ready for the honor. This beautiful homage to filmmaking is stunning on many levels, especially the storytelling element of its costume design. In this interview – which is PART 1 of 2 – costume designer Mark Bridges talks about his approach to the film, some of his sourcing, and his take on using fur on screen. Read on, and stay tuned for PART 2 coming soon!!
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Happy 2012, Frocktalkers! I am delighted to be able to share some insight with you from the costume designer of David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Trish Summerville! Fresh from the launch of the movie as well as the launch of The Dragon Tattoo Collection (exclusively at retailer H & M), Ms. Summerville tells us all about her experience making the film in Sweden, and why she didn’t sample the reindeer meatballs… read on!!
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Very interesting article in the LA Times. Some of the famous Walter Plunkett-designed gowns from Gone With the Wind are in need of restoration and repair. You can make a donation to help save them HERE. Keep in mind, most film costumes are not made to last forever, just through the shooting period, really. If these costumes are to be preserved, it is going to take some work! Once the costumes are restored, they can be exhibited, and we can share this important chapter of our art form’s history with the public. If you’d like more information about Walter Plunkett and the design process for this epic film, click HERE!
I ran into the lovely and talented Anna Wyckoff at the FIDM event, and she told me about this interview she conducted with Sandy Powell (The Young Victoria). It’s posted on the Costume Designers Guild website, and it is a great one!! Good job, Anna!
So, here’s something unusual – designing costumes for animation as well as actors! I sat down with costume designer Alexandra Welker to discuss her work on The Squeakquel. It’s an interesting journey, one involving over 100 concept sketches and loads of approvals. Please consider The Squeakquel on a “write in” basis for this year’s Costume Designers Guild nomination ballot! The following is all you’ll ever need to know about the cutest helium-voiced rodents on earth.
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