Friday, May 3, 2013

You're Invited! HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM 1940s-1950s at Annenberg Beach House

I have just returned from yet another incredible TCM Classic Film Festival, where I was lucky enough to host and introduce two movies from the standpoint of style--Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Flying Down to Rio (1933) and Marlene Dietrich in A Foreign Affair (1948).  At Flying Down to Rio, I also had the pleasure of interviewing Cybill Shepherd before the live theater audience.  You can see some of my talk with Cybill in this video from TCM.  "Coming from the Peter Bogdanovich School of Film," as she loves to say, movies became an integral part of her life.  And she could not agree more with me that the style of the movies is one of the biggest reasons they still have such resonance and relevance for us today.  Of course more on my time with Cybill and the festival coming soon.

If you, too, love style in the movies and live in Los Angeles, you are invited to an evening to learn all about it.  On Monday, May 13th, I'll be presenting THE STYLE ESSENTIALS: HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM 1940s - 1950s at the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica.  You are invited!

The Style Essentials represent iconic costume design in the movies from the 1920s to the 1970s that immediately impacted fashion and continues to influence fashion today.  This is an abbreviated version of the HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM class I teach at Woodbury University.  My last time at the Beach House looked at the 1920s and 1930s, and our upcoming time together will focus on the style icons from the Golden Age of Hollywood.  Stills from the movies along with images from our fashion runways are accompanied by a discussion of the costumes, costume and fashion designers, stars, and film backstories.  You will also see a selection of vintage clothing that shows something of the trickle-down effect of costume design on street style during the 1940s and 1950s.

Monday, May 13th

Marion Davies' former beachfront estate

6:30 - 8:00 PM

FREE to the public, but you must RSVP

$5 parking for attendees

The venue is perfect for the presentation since this is the former beachfront estate of William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies, who was at the social center of Old Hollywood from its very inception.  The greatest style stars of all time--Greta! Marlene! Joan! Jean!--all stayed and played here at the Beach House.  In fact, their original Guest House and pool still stand.  Come early and you can join the special docent tour for attendees 5:15 - 6:15 PM.

Our event space inside the new Beach House

Marion Davies greeting her guests at the original Beach House

Hope to see you there!

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