This is the first in what will hopefully be many posts illustrating the evolution of trends and design details and silhouettes. This is one of my favorite things to see- when something from the past pops right into the present with a seemingly fresh take.
Below is a sleeve that I could not take my eyes off of. I took about ten still frames of this suit:
This is from the Busby Berkely movie Golddiggers of 1933. This is the lovely Miss Ginger Rogers modeling this lovely suit that I'm going to imagine is a shade of pink. The designer of this movie is credited as being Orry-Kelly but only specifically "gowns." So I'm not quite sure that this goes under that heading. I would imagine this is from the Production Company's costume warehouse where a full-time wardrobe staff member picked this out somewhere one day with the pleasure of going home and saying he or she dressed the world-famous Miss Rogers but getting absolutely no credit for it whatsoever. So I will take this moment to personally thank this person- whoever you are, wherever you are! Your efforts have not gone unnoticed!
...a few months later I came across this great picture of Reese Witherspoon in Australia Harper's Bazaar:
It's so pretty! It's a Valentino Dress and Jacket. I'm sure this sleeve came up at least a few points during the 80s on Dallas on either Alexis or Krystal or both- but I dont have any pictures of those. (I'm looking)
Oh man the colors in this picture are killing me... so pretty! Especially the red hoop skirt. What a genius way of inserting color into the picture that adds beauty but doesn't take away from the overall palette of the rest of it. Genius!
Wow! This green dress from The Atonement is getting alot of buzz. Who knew?
Here's an article from today's New York Post about it. I don't know if I've expressed this enough, but it's really all about the design process for me...so I love the part about how she arrived at the color by layering different fabrics together and having it specially made.
I also love that this isn't a 'designer' dress as most people think it is. Costume designers are designers too!
Tonight I caught the first installment of the SciFi Channel's the TinMan, and I'm taping the second episode, which aired tonight, so I can watch that tomorrow. I'd really been looking forward to it, the trailer seemed really exciting. Like remember when there was that whole NBC trend that got into Gulliver's Travels, and Merlin, and Alice in Wonderland in the early 00's? I kinda thought it had that whole thing going for it. Anyway...
The costumes were designed by Mr. Angus Strathie, previous award winner as the co-costume designer (with Catherine Martin) for Moulin Rouge and the other Red Curtain films. My take on the Tinman thus far is that if you zoom out, it's great.... if you zoom in- as one who likes this kind of stuff does- it kind of had it's moments that made me wince just a teeny bit. I love love love the scarecrow, the aging jacket was fantastic. I'm not so into Azkadellia's character, who is a modeling on the wicked witch. Her costumes were a bit too leathery, dominatrix, Anime type for me. I'm not really a Leather, Dominatrix, Anime type of gal anyway. But I guess it works. And I have to concede that I'm sure this didn't have the budget that Moulin Rouge did, so there you go. But props to anyone who wants to take this one. Who could ever redesign one of the most famous costume design movies of all time? Quite a challenge.
DG (or Dorothy Gale) is wearing pants and a leather jacket. Okay... I didn't know how I felt about this at first. But the more I watched it, I just really want those pants.
I dunno. They're great costumes, but this whole vibe is just not my bag. The male characters were superb and there were these beautiful dresses on the little girl characters of both DG and Azkadellia. I'm just partial to the older aged type of things. So in other words I liked 90% of it.
If you go to the website they have this cool character breakdown under "compare to the book" in the Cast section. Some nice full shots of the characters in costume.
This guy really is one of the best costumes of all time.