Saturday, August 1, 2020

You're Invited! August 16 Online Event Celebrates the Style of THE HITCHCOCK BLONDES


My monthly online events continue in August, and this time we'll be celebrating the 1950s and beyond with GlamAmor-ous Conversations: The Hitchcock Blondes! The great Edith Head returns - played by the incomparable Susan Claassen - in order to delve into the costume designer's three decade partnership with director Alfred Hitchcock.

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GlamAmor-ous Conversations: The Hitchcock Blondes

Sunday, August 16
Starting at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET

Tickets are $15 - click to register on Zoom

Love the look of the icy cool blondes who were adored by director Alfred Hitchcock? Learn the stories behind the style from film and fashion historian Kimberly Truhler and Hollywood's iconic costume designer Edith Head - with a little help from actress Susan Claassen.

Join Truhler as she sits down once again with "Edith" to discuss her years working with Hitchcock and the signature style of his heroines, including:

Grace Kelly
Doris Day
Kim Novak
Tippi Hedren

Actress Susan Claassen has traveled the globe with her award-winning one-woman show A Conversation with Edith Head. Tours of the production have taken her across the U.S. and internationally from Toronto to Tbilisi, including an acclaimed five-week run in London’s West End. Claassen plays the part of Edith Head so well she is often mistaken for the legendary costume designer even by those who knew her.

Edith Head (1897 - 1981) was the most prolific costume designer in Hollywood history. She was also the most awarded - receiving an unprecedented 8 Oscars® and 35 nominations in her career. In addition to contributing to some of the most memorable moments on the silver screen, Edith also influenced fashion with many of her designs.

**Half the proceeds to to Arizona's Invisible Theatre, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year!


Upcoming events can be found on the GlamAmor Events page. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Watch THE STYLE OF SIN: KAY FRANCIS on Vimeo!


Last weekend, a couple hundred fans of both film and fashion came together online to celebrate the life and style of 1930s icon Kay Francis! I couldn't have asked for more excitement for the second event in my 6-part Pre-Code series The Style of Sin.

The Pre-Code era of Hollywood refers to the years between 1930 when the Production Code was adopted and 1934 when it was in full effect. The Code prohibited seeing many sins on screen, so Pre-Code films are beloved for how risqué and provocative they could be with their look and content.

If you missed the live event, you can now watch it on demand on Vimeo! You can either click the link or click "Watch Now" in the player below. You'll learn about the origins of the Production Code in addition to Kay's career and evidence of her lasting legacy in fashion.

Jean Harlow will be the next featured actress in the Style of Sin series. That event is set for Sunday, September 20 at 4 pm PT. Tickets are $10 - click to register on Zoom.

But before that, August's event will see the return of Edith Head - aka actress Susan Claassen - and a presentation and discussion on The Hitchcock Blondes. Tickets $15 - click to register on Zoom.



In Kay's honor and to show her ongoing influence on fashion,
I wore a plunging Laundry by Shelli Segal gown from the 2000s



Tuesday, July 7, 2020

You're Invited! Online Pre-Code Series STYLE OF SIN Continues July 19 with Kay Francis


Hope everyone had a fun sunny holiday weekend! July gets even hotter with the next in my online Pre-Code series THE STYLE OF SIN. The second event in the 6-part series focuses on the early life and style of Kay Francis with stories behind the style of films like Girls About Town (1931), Trouble in Paradise (1932), and Mandalay (1934). Join me Sunday, July 19 for a little more illicit fun!


THE STYLE OF SIN: KAY FRANCIS
Pre-Code Film with Kimberly Truhler

Sunday, July 19
Starting at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET

Tickets are $10 - click to register on Zoom

The Pre-Code era of Hollywood refers to the years between 1930 when the Production Code was adopted and 1934 when it was in full effect. The Code prohibited seeing many sins on screen, so Pre-Code films are beloved for how risqué and provocative they could be with their look and content.

Join me for this 6-part series that introduces you to some of the most popular actresses of the Pre-Code era - Joan Crawford, Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck, Carole Lombard, and Joan Blondell.

Though costume design is important in film, it is particularly significant to the plot and production of the movies selected for this series. In each talk, you will also learn about the costume designers themselves - how they contributed to the style of the studios along with the evolution of the actresses' careers and personal style.


Upcoming events can be found on the GlamAmor Events page. 


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

AN AFTERNOON WITH EDITH HEAD for the National Arts Club


On Tuesday, June 30, Susan Claassen and I joined forces once again to do An Afternoon with Edith Head for the National Arts Club! It was such an honor to work with the iconic cultural institution, which boasts more than 120 years of history and continues to do so much to promote the arts. The event could not have been more of a success - nearly 2,000 people attended live from all over the world. It's the biggest audience by far that the NAC has ever had - let me stress ever in their 120 year history - so we couldn't be more proud.

And the numbers continue to grow. As of this moment, the Facebook Live recording is quickly approaching 3,000 views and the NAC has just posted the event on their YouTube channel as well. I share that with you below.

Can't get enough? Suz and I will be together again as part of my own online series on Sunday, August 16 to discuss the stories behind the style of The Hitchcock Blondes. You can click here for more information and to register for this virtual event. 


This vintage 1950s floral fit-and-flare dress was my tribute to Grace Kelly in Rear Window -
I love the subtle variations of the blue and beautiful pleated skirt



The historic National Arts Club in New York City


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Watch THE STYLE OF SIN: JOAN CRAWFORD on Vimeo!


Last weekend, more than 200 fans of film and fashion got together to celebrate the early life and style of Joan Crawford! I couldn't have asked for a better audience for the first in my 6-part online Pre-Code series THE STYLE OF SIN

The Pre-Code era of Hollywood refers to the years between 1930 when the Production Code was adopted and 1934 when it was in full effect. The Code prohibited seeing many sins on screen, so Pre-Code films are beloved for how risqué and provocative they could be with their look and content.

If you missed the live event, you can now watch it on demand on Vimeo. You can either click that link or going through the trailer above. You'll learn about the origins of the Production Code in addition to Joan's career and evidence of her lasting legacy in fashion.

The rest of the series features other popular actresses of the Pre-Code era such as Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck, Carole Lombard, and Joan Blondell.

Kay Francis is the next event on Sunday, July 19 at 4 pm PT. Tickets are $10 - click to register on Zoom.


No Cinema Connection for this event's ensemble -
it's been hot in LA, so I just wanted to wear a summery blue dress





Attendees shared some screenshots as they watched the event



Wednesday, June 3, 2020

New Online Event Series starts with THE STYLE OF SIN: JOAN CRAWFORD June 14


As promised, I am bringing my 1930s Pre-Code series THE STYLE OF SIN to you online! I'm mixing up the order as well as the films I feature, so it will be slightly different than my series at the Egyptian Theatre last year. Case in point: the first event will focus entirely on Joan Crawford. Craft your favorite cocktail and join me Sunday, June 14 for a little illicit fun.

THE STYLE OF SIN: JOAN CRAWFORD
Pre-Code Film with Kimberly Truhler

Sunday, June 14
Starting at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET

Tickets are $10 - click to register on Zoom

The Pre-Code era of Hollywood refers to the years between 1930 when the Production Code was adopted and 1934 when it was in full effect. The Code prohibited seeing many sins on screen, so Pre-Code films are beloved for how risqué and provocative they could be with their look and content.

Though costume design is important in film, it is particularly significant to the plot and production of the movies selected for this series. In each talk, you will also learn about the costume designers themselves - how they contributed to the style of the studios along with the evolution of the actresses' careers and personal style.

Join me for this 6-part series that introduces you to some of the most popular actresses of the Pre-Code era - Joan Crawford, Kay Francis, Jean Harlow, Barbara Stanwyck, Carole Lombard, and Joan Blondell.

The first event focuses on the early life and style of Joan Crawford with a deep dive into films like Our Blushing Brides (1930) and Letty Lynton (1932).

Upcoming events can always be seen on the GlamAmor Events page. 


Adrian's stunning style for Joan Crawford in Letty Lynton (1932)

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Watch GlamAmor-ous Conversations: Edith Head on Vimeo!


Last Sunday a couple hundred fans of both film and fashion joined me as I interviewed actress Susan Claassen as she channeled legendary costume designer Edith Head. I loved every minute of it. Suz and I both heard from a number of people who simply exclaimed "WOW!" and expressed their joy at attending the "wonderful" event. We were happy to offer an escape and thrilled to hear that it was both "fun AND educational." 
If you want to watch, the recording is now available on Vimeo! You will hear what it was like during Hollywood's Golden Age and learn the style secrets of many stars, including:

Mae West
Dorothy Lamour
Barbara Stanwyck
Veronica Lake
Hedy Lamarr
Bette Davis
Gloria Swanson
Elizabeth Taylor
Audrey Hepburn
Grace Kelly

I hope you enjoy it. And stay tuned - we'll be doing another focusing on the Hitchcock Blondes in August!


Suz and I in action


Shots sent from our audience



I did my best to channel the Hitchcock Blondes - 
my vintage 1960s dress was more inspired by The Birds (it even came with a jacket),
but I accessorized it a la my favorite film Rear Window


The event was pure joy for me -
can't wait for next time!

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