August 19, 2012 |
HILLSBORO, Ore. - Movie buffs probably have some idea of what goes into designing a costume for film. But what about when the star is a 9-inch-tall puppet named Norman? As I learned a few months ago during a visit to the Laika Studios set of "ParaNorman,"the 3-D stop-motion animation film that opened Friday, it was all about sweating the small stuff. There were pint-sized patterns, scalpels for cutting fabric and tiny needles roughly the thickness of a human hair for sewing it. These tools of the trade helped create the 120 miniature costumes for the film's silicone puppets.
July 20, 2001
The nighttime Emmy Award nominations in the three costuming categories were incomplete in the list that was published last Friday. A complete roster of those nominees follows.
October 29, 2008 |
"The Little Snow Girl" is being dressed by a queen. Denmark's Queen Margrethe II on Tuesday unveiled costumes she designed for a Christmas ballet based on the classic Russian folk tale. The outfits are dominated by baby-blue traditional Russian dresses, cream shirts with flower motifs, golden head scarves and black Russian hats. Margrethe, 68, a prolific graphic artist and scenographer, has previously designed costumes and sets for several plays, including adaptations of stories by fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.
December 12, 1993 |
Doormen dressed as pirates or pharaohs work the front entrances, and cocktail servers stroll the casinos like so many glittering Hollywood starlets or kohl-eyed Egyptian queens. In Las Vegas, what hotel staffers wear is more theatrical costume than uniform, another opportunity to restate and expand on the house fantasy. Still, form must follow function when designing these elaborate outfits. "We have to cater to a broad range of figures.
January 18, 1997
In response to Laurie Winer's short-sighted review of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Music of the Night" ("Music of the Slight," Jan. 10): I saw the show and feel she missed the mark completely. This was not supposed to be a production of costumes, choreography and skit acting. It was merely a showcase of Lloyd Webber's songs and songwriting. To review this production based on costumes and stage acting makes it clear that Winer did not understand what this show is all about. This is a performance-style show in the way of a concert, such as an evening at the Hollywood Bowl is meant simply to enjoy the music and vocals.
December 3, 2013 |
The 101-year-old Western Costume Co. is continuing to clean out its closet, putting wardrobe pieces from such classic films as "Gone With the Wind" and "Citizen Kane" up for bid at a Hollywood memorabilia auction organized by Profiles in History. The Calabasas-based auction house announced Tuesday that the items set to hit the auction block later this month will include a three-piece suit worn by Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in the final "Rosebud" scene of "Citizen Kane," and a black mourning hat worn by Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind.
March 19, 2003 |
In the award frenzy leading up to Sunday's Oscar ceremony, "Chicago" has notched another victory. Costume designer Colleen Atwood was honored by the Costume Designers Guild for excellence in a period or fantasy film.
July 3, 2013 |
A collection of costumes from "The Sound of Music" -- including a full set of the Von Trapp children's drapery outfits -- will be up for bid at a July 29 Hollywood memorabilia auction, the Profiles in History auction house announced Wednesday. Among the pieces from the 1965 musical (which took home five Academy Awards and earned an Oscar nomination for costume designer Dorothy Jeakins) included in the auction are a dress Andrews wore during the “Do-Re-Mi” song ("a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with wheat-colored homespun blouse," according to the description)
October 25, 2012 |
More than half of American workers will participate in Halloween festivities at work this year, but employees planning skimpy costumes for the cubicle might want to reconsider. Only about 1 in 10 workers will dress up for the holiday, according to a survey by career website Glassdoor, though nearly 30% said they hope their boss will show up decked out. Managers should ask inappropriately dressed colleague to change, according to half of respondents. But 14% think the offenders should be sent home.
March 27, 2011 |
As Mildred Pierce, the proud single mother in Depression-era Southern California in the new HBO miniseries of the same name, Kate Winslet scrambles around town trying to find a job — after kicking her cheating husband out — in a mud-brown floral-print dress. Long-sleeved and body-skimming, it's "the kind of 'good' dress women had a few of in their closet in those days," said legendary costume designer Ann Roth, who designed hundreds of outfits for the epic HBO drama, an adaption of the 1941 novel by James M. Cain that premieres Sunday.