Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Save the date! FASHION IN FILM OF TCMFF 2023 at Hollywood Heritage Museum April 12

 

The theme of the 2023 TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) is "Celebrating Film Legacies" and that is just some of what will be shared in the 6th annual Fashion in Film of TCMFF event! This is the first year I will be doing the event in person since the pandemic and I am thrilled to also be welcoming a special guest co-host - 2x Oscar®-winning costume designer Mark Bridges.


Fashion in Film of TCMFF 2023

Wednesday, April 12
7:30 - 9:00 pm

Tickets: $15 for Hollywood Heritage members/$25 for non-members
Click here to purchase tickets


Fashion in Film of TCMFF 2023 will delve into the stories behind the style of 6 films featured in the festival's programming. As always, you will enjoy beautiful images from the movies accompanied by a conversation about film history, backstories of the stars, costume and fashion designers, and proof of their ongoing influence.

Costume design helps establish character in film and is often integral to plot lines as well. In addition, many of the actors and actresses were close with their costume designers, so you can get insights into their lives along with the evolution of their style.

This year's presentation will include:

One Way Passage (1932)
No Man of Her Own (1932)
Footlight Parade (1933)
Butterfield 8 (1960)
That Touch of Mink (1962)
How to Steal a Million (1966)

More titles will be announced once the full festival schedule is made available.

In addition to the presentation, the Hollywood Heritage Museum will be exhibiting some of Mark Bridges' costume design from Phantom Thread (2017, Oscar®) and News of the World (2020). And I'll be signing copies of my book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s.


I couldn't be more excited about this year's event venue. Few places have more film history than the Hollywood Heritage Museum, which is housed in the restored Lasky-DeMille Barn. 

In 1913, Cecil B. DeMille, Jesse Lasky, and Samuel Goldwyn leased the barn and began production on The Straw Man (1914). It would be the first feature film to be produced in Hollywood. The Lasky Company then merged with Adolph Zukor's Famous Players to become The Famous Players-Lasky Corporation in 1916, and then merged again with the Paramount Distributing Company in 1917. Soon they would become simply known as Paramount. 

The Hollywood Heritage Museum has been a California State Historical Landmark since 1956 and its plaque reads:

NO. 554 CECIL B. DeMILLE STUDIO BARN - Cecil B. DeMille rented half of this structure, then used as a barn, as the studio in which was made the first feature-length motion picture in Hollywood - The Squaw Man - in 1913. Associated with Mr. DeMille in making The Squaw Man were Samuel Goldwyn and Jesse Lasky, Sr. Originally located at the corner of Selma and Vine Streets, in 1927 the barn was transferred to Paramount Studios.

All ticket and book sales at the Fashion in Film of TCMFF 2023 event will go to support the Hollywood Heritage Museum.


This event is not officially affiliated with the TCM Classic Film Festival. 
If you wish to purchase tickets or have any questions about the event, please contact the Hollywood Heritage Museum.

Thursday, March 2, 2023

Expert in TCM's FOLLOW THE THREAD Mini-Documentaries

 

Last summer Turner Classic Movies celebrated film costume design with its Follow the Thread series. Inspired by the Met Exhibition, fashion designers, costume designers, and historians spoke to the complexity and impact of costume design in film. The films in the three-month event were accompanied by mini-documentaries on various aspects of fashion in film. I am one of the Special Guests featured in these programs, including Dressed to Kill: Films, Crime, and Fashion and The Stars and Their Designers.

Originally those programs could only be seen on TCM and on HBO Max, but now they are also available on YouTube as well. You can watch them on my YouTube channel and I also share them with you below. 









Speaking about influential costume design with the TCM production team at the historic Roosevelt Hotel


Sunday, January 15, 2023

Cinema Connections at the 2023 Golden Globes

 

As many of you know, I watch award shows such as the Golden Globes for any cinema connections I might see on the red carpet. I tend to only post them live on social media, but I'm going to try to post them here as well. The Golden Globes were last Tuesday and - surprise! - I saw several connections to classic cinema and share some of those with you below. And, in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Golden Globes, I also include a couple flashbacks to 2002 and 2011.


Not identical by any means, 
but Abby Elliott's long-sleeve orange sequin gown from Pamela Roland 
made me think of Doris Day in Ray Aghayan for 1965's Do Not Disturb.


Interesting that Margot Robbie is wearing a halter gown by Chanel - it's a neckline the designer loved. 
Here's Coco's costume design for Gloria Swanson in 1931's Tonight or Never.


Saint Laurent is behind Sigourney Weaver's black gown, but it's Orry-Kelly who is largely responsible for its design. 
There's no question his iconic costume for Bette Davis in 1942's Now, Voyager was the inspiration. 
Anthony Vaccarello (Saint Laurent's artistic director) even accented the d├ęcolletage with a black rosette.


The one-shouldered gowns that actresses like Kay Francis made popular in the 1930s - 
here in Orry-Kelly for 1937's Stolen Holiday
seems to have inspired Regina Hall not once but twice at the Golden Globes
This year was designed in a black leather and 2002 was done in classic cream.


I definitely got My Fair Lady (1964) vibes - Audrey Hepburn's costumes by Cecil Beaton - 
from Salma Hayek's Gucci at the 2023 Golden Globes.


I'll finish my thoughts on this year's Golden Globes with a flashback to 2011. 
While watching Kay Francis in Orry-Kelly in Living on Velvet (1935) the other day, 
I was struck by the similarity of her backless cap-sleeve gown with Emma Stone's Calvin Klein

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Watch HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM: OPPOSITES ATTRACT on Vimeo!

Last weekend many fans of film and fashion came together online to celebrate the 1950s in the latest of my History of Fashion in Film 1920s-1980s series! The fourth event Opposites Attract featured the costume designers of the era and the stars they helped create - Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Doris Day.

The Style Essentials in this event:

A Place in the Sun (1951)
Niagara (1953)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Rear Window (1954)
Sabrina (1954)
Seven Year Itch (1955)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
And God Created Woman (1956)
Funny Face (1957)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Pillow Talk (1959)

If you could not join us live, you can now watch the event on demand! You can either view the video on Vimeo or click "Watch Now" in the player below. 

All of my past events (since 2020) can be viewed on demand on Vimeo.

The next event in the History of Fashion in Film series will be celebrating the 1960s and the Revolution of the era. More details to come.




There were two influential white dresses of the 1950s - from Marilyn and Elizabeth -
so I chose a minimal white dress from Dress the Population that had its own flare




See you next time!

Saturday, August 27, 2022

You're Invited! HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM 1950s: Opposites Attract Online Event 9/18

September 18 will be the next event in my 7-part online series on the History of Fashion in Film. It features what I consider The Style Essentials - films with iconic costume design from the 1920s to the 1980s that immediately impacted fashion and continue to influence fashion today.


Sunday, September 18
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)
Tickets $20 - register on Zoom


The fourth event Opposites Attract focuses on the costume designers from the 1950s and the stars they helped create - Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, and Doris Day.

The Style Essentials featured in this event:

A Place in the Sun (1951)
Niagara (1953)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Rear Window (1954)
Sabrina (1954)
Seven Year Itch (1955)
To Catch a Thief (1955)
And God Created Woman (1956)
Funny Face (1957)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Pillow Talk (1959)

Each presentation will include stills from the movies along with images from fashion over the years accompanied by a conversation about the history, costume and fashion designers, and backstories of the stars.

If you missed the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s events live, you can always view them on demand on Vimeo.

Visit the GlamAmor Events page for details on upcoming events.

Monday, August 22, 2022

Watch HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM: FILM NOIR AND FANTASY on Vimeo!

Last night many fans of film and fashion came together online to celebrate Film Noir and Fantasy for the third event in my History of Fashion in Film 1920s-1980s series! We discussed the costume designers and style icons of the 1940s - Rosalind Russell, Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis, Veronica Lake, Lauren Bacall, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, and Ava Gardner.

The Style Essentials featured in this event:

My Girl Friday (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Woman of the Year (1942)
Now, Voyager (1942)
This Gun for Hire (1942)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Gilda (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
The Killers (1946)

If you could not join us live, you can now watch the event on demand! You can either view the video on Vimeo or click "Watch Now" in the player below. 

All of my past events (since 2020) can be viewed on demand on Vimeo.

The next event in the History of Fashion in Film series will be celebrating the 1950s and how the decade loved how Opposites Attract on Sunday, September 18 - you can get more information and register on Zoom

See you then!



The sweetheart neckline was very popular in the 1940s, including in film noir,
so I chose a modern minimal interpretation with my red Dress the Population dress



See you in September!

Sunday, July 31, 2022

You're Invited! HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM 1920s-1980s: Film Noir and Fantasy Online Event 8/21

August 21 will be the next event in my 7-part online series on the History of Fashion in Film. It features what I consider The Style Essentials - films with iconic costume design from the 1920s to the 1980s that immediately impacted fashion and continue to influence fashion today.


Sunday, August 21
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)
Tickets $20 - register on Zoom


The third event Film Noir and Fantasy focuses on the costume designers from the 1940s and the stars they helped create - Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Bette Davis, Lauren Bacall, Veronica Lake, Joan Crawford, Rita Hayworth, Ava Gardner, and Lana Turner.

The Style Essentials featured in this event:

His Girl Friday (1940)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Woman of the Year (1942)
Now, Voyager (1942)
This Gun for Hire (1942)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Gilda (1946)
The Killers (1946)
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Each presentation will include stills from the movies along with images from today's fashion accompanied by a conversation about the history, costume and fashion designers, and backstories of the stars.

In case you missed the 1930s event live, you can view Art Deco Elegance on demand on Vimeo.

Visit the GlamAmor Events page for details on upcoming events.

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