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December 4, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
When set decorator Claudette Didul needed to decorate Sally Draper's bedroom with 1960s-era clothing for an episode of "Mad Men" last season, she knew just the place. Didul went to Playclothes, a vintage clothing and furnishing store in Burbank, to buy an assortment of blouses, dresses, sweaters, pants and shoes to decorate the scene. "It's like a one-stop shop," Didul said. "It's really important for us to have stores like Playclothes. Their inventory is always changing, and I know I can get things I need the next day and that they will stay open for me if I have an emergency.
November 17, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Governors Awards - or as Martin Short called them, the "highest honor an actor can receive ... in mid-November" - were presented Saturday evening in Hollywood. And Short's joking comment aside, the evening made for a heartfelt tribute to three movie legends - Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi - picking up honorary awards for their body of work, as well as Angelina Jolie, winner of the academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
November 14, 2013 | By Janet Kinosian
Veteran costume designer Ruth Carter had her hands full with her latest feature film, "Lee Daniels' The Butler. " In it, she tackled eight tumultuous decades of U.S. political and social history - and changing fashions - filled with dozens of national figures (including LBJ, JFK and Jackie O) and had to factor in an equally daunting number of celebrities in the cast: Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave, Oprah Winfrey and, of course, Forest Whitaker in the lead role, among them. Carter says her focus had to be stout, and she ignored the shine of the 24-karat celebrities who surrounded her, on film and in her fitting rooms.
October 26, 2013 | By Cristy Lytal
To fashion the costumes for Summit Entertainment's military sci-fi film "Ender's Game," designer Christine Bieselin Clark used not only patterns and sewing machines but also lasers and magnets. Crafting futuristic threads and helmets for the film, which opens Nov. 1, was "sci-fi just in its process," she said. Bieselin Clark, 41, began her career in a much lower-tech space: the theater. She grew up on Long Island, a stone's throw from Broadway, earned a degree in theater arts from Stony Brook University and went on to design costumes for regional theater productions all over the East Coast.
June 21, 2013 | By Celine Wright
Who would have thought a T-shirt could spark such a controversy? Janie Bryant, costume designer for “Mad Men,” certainly didn't when she put Megan Draper in a now-infamous red star T-shirt in this season's episode "The Better Half. " Since Sharon Tate wore a nearly identical shirt for an Esquire photo shoot in 1967 and was murdered two years later, "Mad Men" conspiracy theorists were convinced Megan would meet the same fate . It all spurred from series creator Matt Weiner's request that Megan wear a typical T-shirt in the scene in question.
May 19, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
"Arrested Development" costume designer Katie Sparks, whose efforts on the first two seasons of the Fox sitcom earned her a 2006 nomination from the Costume Designers Guild of America, was tapped by series creator Mitchell Hurwitz to work on the new streaming-to-Netflix season that will be released May 26. She recently spoke about her work on the original series and the challenges posed by revisiting - and re-dressing - the quirky Bluth family after...
May 10, 2013 | By Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times
"Too much of a good thing is wonderful," declares Liberace in the closing minutes of "Behind the Candelabra. " The line, borrowed from Mae West, is a fitting description of the late pianist's famously over-the-top aesthetic: In his long-running Las Vegas show, Liberace was known to make his grand entrance via bedazzled Rolls-Royce limousines and for wearing glitzy ensembles like star-spangled hot pants or a sequin-lined, white fox coat with a 16-foot...
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.
February 20, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Hosted by Joel McHale with an all-star list of presenters that included Steve Martin, Shirley MacLaine and Russell Crowe, the 15th Costume Designers Guild Awards were handed out Tuesday evening in the International Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton. In addition to recognizing costume designers Eduardo Castro ("Once Upon a Time,"  "Ugly Betty" ) and Judianna Makovsky ("The Hunger Games," "Seabiscuit," "Big") for their career achievements in the fields of television and film, respectively, "Saturday Night Live's" Lorne Michaels received a Distinguished Collaborator Award -- and no small amount of humorous ribbing from Martin whose observations as presenter included that "a trophy is better than a plaque because everybody in this town wants a trophy wife -- no one wants a plaque wife.
February 20, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Maya Rudolph's at it again - she's reportedly pregnant with baby No. 4, and she was flaunting baby bump No. 4 on Tuesday night at the 15th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.  Along with fellow "SNL" alum Amy Poehler, Rudolph was a presenter at the gala, held at the Beverly Hilton hotel. News that the "Up All Night" actress was expecting another child with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson leaked via the Hollywood Reporter over the weekend after she shared the news with NBC execs.
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