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January 18, 2008 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
The costume designers of the comedy "Blades of Glory," the gritty western "3:10 to Yuma" and the romantic epic "Atonement" are among the nominees for the 10th annual Costume Designer Guild Awards announced Thursday. Vying in the contemporary film category are Julie Weiss for "Blades of Glory," Olivier Beriot for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Mary Claire Hannan for "Into the Wild," Monique Prudhomme for "Juno" and Louise Frogley for "Ocean's Thirteen."
August 10, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Movie: "A Walk in the Clouds" The Setup: Love blossoms between married GI Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves) and Victoria Aragon (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon), the beautiful pregnant daughter of a Napa Valley vineyard owner. The Costume Designer: Judy L. Ruskin, whose credits include "Born on the Fourth of July," "Sleepless in Seattle," "City Slickers" and "Forget Paris." The Look: Victoria isn't the only one on her estate to own a closetful of dreamy '40s dresses, mostly in floral prints.
May 5, 1994 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Movie: "That's Entertainment! III." * The Setup: The stars of MGM musicals of the late '30s through the late '50s introduce footage and outtakes from the films (including "Till the Clouds Roll By," pictured above). * The Costume Designers: Adrian, Walter Plunkett, Helen Rose and Irene. All except Plunkett were full-time studio employees. * The Look: Before there was black-spandex attitude, as seen on MTV, there was style.
July 27, 2006 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
LOOKING at a curtain rod jutting from the shoulders of the Miss Starlett dress -- a gown Bob Mackie created for a "Gone With the Wind" spoof on "The Carol Burnett Show" -- it's hard not to laugh all over again. Mackie famously included all the drapery fittings from the plantation's curtains, including giant tassels, cording, valance and the inspired touch: the rod.
Oh, those wacky caption writers at Sports Illustrated. No pun is too strained, no entendre too double for the magazine's annual swimsuit issue, which went on sale this week. Our favorite blurb accompanies a shot of bountiful model Stacey Williams, wearing nothing but a sopping wet T-shirt: Waiting for a warm breeze to get that pesky dampness out, Stacey stands out in an after-swim dress by Michael Kors . . . . Well, what do you expect?
March 17, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
If Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" continues to be a tornado at the ticket counter (opening weekend saw $80.3 million in domestic ticket sales, making it the most successful 2013 release to date), the inhabitants of the Emerald City aren't the only ones who stand to see some serious green. Long before the movie touched down at the multiplex, Disney Consumer Products was in full flying monkey mode, making sure there were merchandising tie-ins that would appeal to every level of fan, from books and dolls for those with Munchkin-sized wallets to high-fashion runway gowns and designer handbags.
August 11, 1994 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Movie: "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert." The Setup: On a drag version of a road trip, three queens of diverse fashion persuasions leave Sydney, Australia, and travel across the country to put on a show at a resort. The Costume Designers: Lizzy Gardiner, who has worked on several Australian movies and television series, and Tim Chappel, a drag performer and designer for whom "Priscilla" marks his feature debut.
March 31, 1995 | BETTY GOODWIN
The Movie: "Jefferson in Paris." The Setup: Romantic escapades of Thomas Jefferson (Nick Nolte, pictured) when he was America's minister to France from 1784 to 1789. The Costume Designers: Jenny Beavan and John Bright, who shared an Academy Award for "A Room With a View." The pair also designed costumes for "The Remains of the Day," "Maurice," "The Bostonians" and "Howards End." Bright, who owns the London costume house Cosprop, also did "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and "Tess."
March 16, 2003 | Valli Herman-Cohen, Times Staff Writer
It was Ann Roth's idea to give Nicole Kidman the nose. The much-discussed prosthetic nose that helped Kidman change physically into Virginia Woolf for her Oscar-nominated role in "The Hours" came from Roth, a veteran costume designer whose suggestion, said the film's producer and director, allowed the actress to transform more fully into the famous English writer. The attention Kidman's fake nose has received disturbs Roth.
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