August 10, 1995 |
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 |
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 |
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.
February 11, 1994 |
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 |
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.
July 2, 1993 |
Sandy Powell, a 33-year-old costume designer who has spent most of her careerin fringe theater and art-house films, has suddenly become one of the most important designers in mainstream movies. While her work dressing Irish terrorists and a male cross-dresser in last year's hit film, "The Crying Game," was hardly what anyone would call a showcase for her talents, her new movie, "Orlando," a costume drama spanning 400 years about a man who becomes a woman, has changed all that.
August 11, 1994 |
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.