Tuesday, April 3, 2018

You're invited! Presenting FASHION IN FILM OF TCMFF 2018 at Woman's Club of Hollywood 4/24

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Guest speaker
Woman's Club of Hollywood
Hollywood, CA

Tickets are $7 in advance through Eventbrite and $12 at the door the day of the talk

The theme of the 2018 TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) is Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen, and the programming will include everything from original screenplays and adaptations to portrayals of writers real and imagined.

In addition to the importance of the written word, there's no question that costume design contributes to the ongoing legacy of classic cinema. After all, it's often the style of these films that inspires people to watch them - whether for the first time or to revisit them again and again.

And so, as I did last year, I'm giving a presentation on the Fashion in Film of TCMFF 2018. It will be held two days before the festival starts - Tuesday, April 24 - at the historic Woman's Club of Hollywood. You will learn stories behind the style of movies shown at this year's festival and, as a bonus, I am including a few other films from festivals past and of my own choosing.

Costume design is often integral to plot lines, including some I'll be discussing, and it always helps establish character. In addition, most of the leading ladies were very close with the costume designers, so you'll get insights into their lives and learn about some of the great designer-star partnerships of Hollywood such as Adrian-Katharine Hepburn and Travis Banton-Kay Francis. You'll also discover how these costumes continue to influence fashion today.

Movies featured in talk:

Girls About Town (1931)
Trouble in Paradise (1932)
Stage Door (1937)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Woman of the Year (1942)
To Have and Have Not (1944)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
The Big Sleep (1946)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Bullitt (1968)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)

The presentation includes stills from the movies accompanied by a conversation about film history, costume and fashion designers, and backstories of the stars.

The Woman's Club of Hollywood has its own rich history - names associated with the place include Gloria Swanson, Charlie Chaplin, Jean Harlow, and Edith Head. It is close to the Roosevelt Hotel and will be open for tours starting at 5 pm and remain open up to the 6:30 pm start time of the talk.

**This event is not affiliated with the TCM Classic Film Festival.

The Woman's Club of Hollywood -
started in 1905 and moved to its current location in 1948

One of the buildings from the Hollywood School for Girls still stands in the courtyard,
a school that boasted students such as Jean Harlow (below, second from top left)

Edith Head was a teacher of Art and French at the Hollywood School for Girls
right before she got her job assisting Howard Greer and Travis Banton at Paramount

Some of the earliest stars involved with the Woman's Club include Charlie Chaplin and
Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford, who sent Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to Hollywood School as well

See you soon!

Images courtesy of the Woman's Club of Hollywood, Paramount,
and Turner Classic Movies (TCM)

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