Inspired by: The Birds, Michael Kors
Jan18

Inspired by: The Birds, Michael Kors

Everyone seems to be going Mad Men for the fifties and sixties lately, Marc Jacobs’ Louis Vuitton collection and Miuccia Prada’s were among my favorites this past Fall. But back in 2008, even though Mad Men might have been on Michael Kors’ mind when he designed his ready-to-wear collection, it was from Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) where he got most of his inspiration. The Birds‘s costume designer Edith Head’s biggest...

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Inspired by: Elsa Schiaparelli, Dolce & Gabbana
Jan15

Inspired by: Elsa Schiaparelli, Dolce & Gabbana

“The film fashions of today are your fashions of tomorrow.” Schiaparelli January 15th is the unofficial hat day in the States and to celebrate this day I decided to feature couturier Elsa Schiaparelli. In the 1930s, this Italian-born Paris-based designer had a reputation for creating daring and innovative accessories, but her hats were what made the biggest impact as far as her accessories were concerned. She used bold colors, unusual...

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Influenced: Rocky, Gray Hoodies and Sweatpants
Jan13

Influenced: Rocky, Gray Hoodies and Sweatpants

Hollywood had a complete makeover in the 1970’s. There was a transition in the storytelling process, which had become more risqué. Studio executive Michael Medavoy wrote, “The seventies auteurs broke down the traditional approach to film narrative, told their stories from the anti-hero’s perspective, and delved into darker themes” (Landis*). There were not only economic reasons for leaving the Hollywood tradition of expensive movies...

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Influenced: Out of Africa, Safari Clothing
Jan11

Influenced: Out of Africa, Safari Clothing

Out of Africa (1985), directed by Sydney Pollack, is a bio-pic of the author Karen Blixen (who used the pseudonym Isak Dinesen) based on her memoir by the same name about the seventeen years she lived in Kenya in the 1910s (then British East Africa). Costume designer, and three-time Oscar winner, Milena Canonero has talked about the challenge of costuming this film from a research perspective. She relied heavily on Dinesen’s family...

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Spotted: Aviator Jackets and Lace-up Boots, Fall 2010 RTW Collections
Jan10

Spotted: Aviator Jackets and Lace-up Boots, Fall 2010 RTW Collections

Some of the most memorable pieces from Fall 2010 Ready-to-Wear collections are the Aviator-inspired Jackets and Lace-up Boots. This post was inspired by film portrayals of real-life aviators Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Amelia Earhart (portrayed by both Hilary Swank and Amy Adams). Because these are depictions of real people, every costume here serves the purpose of realism: to authenticate the story and its characters. Sandy...

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