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October 11, 2009 |
It's hard to miss a man with a wooden bucket hat on his head, especially if it's adorned with painted leeks. "There are very few fashion statements that haven't been made," said Guy Klender, 37, an actor, "and this is one of them." The handle of the bucket dangled under his chin. The haberdashery (from "Falstaff") wasn't the strangest item for sale at the Los Angeles Opera's first-ever costume sale held Saturday. That distinction would go to the grotesque rubbery costume worn by bass baritone Daniel Okulitch as the title character in "The Fly," the 2008 opera directed by David Cronenberg.
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.
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.
June 20, 2013 |
Jennifer Lopez says criticism she's received for wearing skimpy costumes onstage isn't quite fair. Other pop stars do the same, she points out, to less outrage simply because they aren't as curvy as she. [Telegraph] Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have been found guilty on Italian tax-evasion charges, given suspended 20-month prison sentences and ordered to pay about $670,000 in penalties. [ Los Angeles Times ] PHOTOS: "Devious Maids" premiere party It seems like George Zimmer, famous in pop culture for his TV ad slogan, "You're going to like the way you look.
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.
June 8, 2001 |
After almost two months at the negotiating table, workers who play characters such as Mickey Mouse and Cinderella at Walt Disney World have won an important concession: clean undergarments. Disney and the Teamsters union have a tentative agreement to assign workers individual undergarments, which they can take home each night to clean themselves instead of relying on Disney laundry. The agreement follows worker complaints about contracting pubic lice and scabies from Disney-laundered underwear.
March 14, 1989 |
When America declared war after the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941, the California National Guard was mobilized and called to arms. There was one problem, however: caught without warning, the servicemen had nothing to wear. No cause for alarm. The Western Costume Co. of Hollywood, the vanguard of authentic movie costumes, outfitted the soldiers with uniforms before they set off to guard the state's bridges and other vital installations.
March 26, 1998 |
Barney's creators are hoping to make unlicensed costumes styled after the children's figure extinct. Lyons Partnership, the Texas company that licenses an estimated $500 million in trademark Barney gear, has filed federal lawsuits against a handful of costume stores and children's entertainers who are making money from unlicensed costumes. Lyons, like the Walt Disney Co., doesn't license adult costumes.
July 25, 1985
An $800,000 grant from the Doris Stein Foundation will be used to establish a major costume and textile center at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The center will feature a specially designed storage area for 35,000 items and a library with 4,000 volumes covering the history and technology of costumes and textiles. The museum has a collection of costumes and textiles spanning 240 cultures and time periods. Completion of the center is expected late this year.