Angels costume house, London.
As part of my trip to London, I visited Angels costume house. Frocktalkers, it was amazing to see this place. I remember way back in 1992, I was interning on the Francis Ford Coppola film Dracula. Our associate costume designer Richard Shissler had made a trip to London to pull costumes for some of our massive crowd scenes. My job was to unpack the boxes that arrived from London. I remember gasping with delight and awe at the assortment of beautiful Victorian garments – many of them antiques, originals – that arrived. Where did these garments come from? Angels costume house.
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I have a particular fondness for the “scary movie” genre, having designed many of these kinds of films in my career. When I heard that the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles was going to be putting up a production of perhaps one of the most famous (and scary) movies of all time – The Exorcist – I knew I had to see it. How do you translate the fear, horror, and especially special effects (head spinning, projectile vomiting, crab walking and defying gravity) of the original film to the stage? I was really curious.
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Release Date: 10-30-2011 (USA)
Runtime: 130 min.
Period: Elizabethan England (late 1500s)
Costume Designer: Lisy Christl
Anonymous is a film that asks the question, “What if Shakespeare’s works were actually written by someone else?” If that question irks you, you will hate this movie. If you come into it with an open mind, you will find a beautiful movie, directed by (kind of surprisingly) Roland Emmerich. Surprisingly, because there are no apocalyptic threats to mankind, and because it is a sensitive and very interesting answer to the question posed by the film.
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Matt Stone and Trey Parker are at it again! The creators of South Park have a new musical on Broadway called The Book of Mormon, and they have hired costume legend Ann Roth to design the costumes. Oscar-winner Roth is best known for her film costumes (The English Patient, Cold Mountain, The Hours, Doubt, Mamma Mia), but here she shares some of her sketches and thoughts about her latest theatrical adventure, The Book of Mormon. Check it out here!! Have a great weekend, everyone!
Haleh Risdana, Kim Ngo and Anthony Tran
This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working with some talented newcomers in the LA costume world. If you are looking for some help with your next project, I cannot recommend these people highly enough – they are wonderful, hard-working and have great can-do attitudes! Check out interviews and their websites after the jump. Put them to work, Frocktalkers!
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Review Date: 2-5-10
Release Date: 7-25-03
Runtime: 114 min.
Costume Designer: Dawn Weisberg
America seems to have renewed its love affair with the musical comedy genre. The success of TV’s Glee seems to make the point all by itself. It is with this love in mind that I bring you CAMP, a 2003 film that debuted at Sundance, and then fell largely under the radar. Honestly, I think it was ahead of its time. If you like Glee, you will love Camp.
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Get ready, Southern California – the venerated Starlight Theater (San Diego) in Balboa Park is selling off some of their costumes, just in time for Halloween. Here are the details:
WHEN: Saturday, October 3 • 9:00 A.M. – 5 P.M.
WHERE: ON STAGE at The Starlight Theatre in Balboa Park
2005 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101 • 619.232.7827
ON SALE: Over 40 Years of Costumes!
• Full range of sizes for adults • Vintage • Polyester • Zombies – raw material pieces • Ethnic • Uniforms • Costumes • Boutique • Characters • Dumb & Dumber Tuxedos • Matching Sets (great for dancing!) • Shoes, Hats, Furs • Sewing Patterns • Road Boxes
We need to make room for next season’s costumes, so we are selling some amazing costumes from previous shows. If you are searching for an unique Halloween costume, need costumes for your own theatrical show or would just like to own a piece of Starlight history – there is something for everyone.
Handicapped Access is Available at the Back Gate • all merchandise sold “as is” • all sales final • no refunds or exchanges • sizes not guaranteed• cash or charge only • no strollers please!
Be Green! Please Bring Your Own Bag!
One of my Frocktalk spies came upon these fabulous costumes in the return rack at Western Costume. Aren’t they AWESOME?! Evidently these were used in a play in London. I can’t seem to get the back story as to who designed them, or what play it was, but they appear to be of a vague Napoleonesque vibe. How cool that they colored this fabric with MARKERS to get the texture?? My spy tells me that the fabric is a heavy canvas, almost a cotton duck, and that all of the buttons, embellishments, etc., are drawn in with markers. Inspired!!!
More pictures after the jump…
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