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.
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.
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.
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)
April 24, 2013 |
Madonna's “Like a Virgin” wedding dress and Jean Paul Gaultier cone-bra corset are two of the iconic costumes in rock 'n' roll history. And they will be on display to the public in L.A. on Thursday during a one-night-only pop-up fashion exhibit at Macy's in Century City. The event, titled “Madonna's Fashion Evolution,” marks the first time many of the star's costumes have been displayed together. Items have been brought in from all over the world. The pink satin cone-bra corset (worn during the "Blonde Ambition" tour)
January 17, 2010 |
Johnny Weir always has been comfortable in his skin, especially if it is an oilskin corset with a pink shoulder tassel, a pink stripe down an arm and pink laces across the chest like the one he wore for Friday's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. "I felt very diva tonight," Weir said after finishing third, putting himself in excellent position to make a second straight Olympic team with Sunday's free skate. Only once since Weir won his first of three U.S. titles in 2004 has the diva persona not fit, even if there often was a palpable disconnect between the classical skater and the avant-garde showman who never hides his light under a tassel, who never apologized -- or needed to -- for anything he did on or off the ice. At last year's nationals, Weir rationalized his fifth-place finish by pointing out he had been very sick after an ill-advised long trip for an ice show in Korea, a trip he made despite having been ill before going.