GlamAmor Events


As a historian and author, I am often invited to participate in events and speaking engagements, especially to give presentations on the HISTORY OF FASHION IN FILM from the 1920s to 1980s. 

See below for any 2020 events. All of my online events are available afterward on demand on Vimeo.

Visit GlamAmor Events to see descriptions of all past appearances.



Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s

Online via Zoom webinar
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)

Join film historian Kimberly Truhler for an online series that accompanies the launch of her non-fiction book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s. Mirroring the book, the series is divided into 4 parts:

Before the War 1940-1941
The War Years 1942-1945
The Year of Transition 1946
The Post-War Years 1947-1950


Before the War 1940-1941
Recording available on demand - click to view on Vimeo 

In the first webinar Before the War, Truhler will present and discuss influences that contributed to the style of the film noir genre, the historical context, and the impact of three movies from this period – The Maltese Falcon, I Wake Up Screaming, and The Shanghai Gesture (all 1941).


The War Years 1942-1945
Sunday, November 15
Recording available on demand - click to view on Vimeo

In the second webinar The War Years, Truhler will present and discuss the impact of World War II on the home front and fashion along with six films from this period - This Gun for Hire (1942); Double Indemnity (1944); Laura (1944); To Have and Have Not (1944); Murder, My Sweet (1944); and Mildred Pierce (1945).


The Transition Year 1946
Sunday, January 17
Tickets $10 - register on Zoom

In the third webinar The Transition Year, Truhler will present and discuss the impact of the end of World War II on the home front along with the backstories and iconic style of five film noir from 1946 - The Killers, Gilda, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Big Sleep, and Notorious.




Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Book Preview Event for Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s

National Arts Club
Online via Zoom webinar
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)

Recording available - click to view on YouTube

Join historian and author Kimberly Truhler online with the National Arts Club for a preview of her non-fiction book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s. She will present an overview of the book during the event and also share some of the iconic costumes and their ongoing impact on fashion.

About the book...

In 1941, Hollywood turned down a dark alley and began to explore stories of vice, corruption, and murder. Pictures featured tough leading men and mysterious women who were often very good at being bad. While navigating the impact of the Production Code and World War II, studio costume designers defined the style of the decade's crime thrillers and murder dramas, which would collectively become known as film noir. They transformed Hollywood's leading ladies into intrigantes and femme fatales - women who would do anything to get what they want.
 
The actors in film noir, led by Humphrey Bogart, set style standards for America in the way they wore suits, fedoras, and trench coats. And oh, the women - whether good or bad, they captured the imagination of the country and immediately began influencing fashion. Film noir made stars of young actresses like Lauren Bacall, Ava Gardner, Gene Tierney, and Marilyn Monroe and magnified the careers of Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwyck, Jane Greer, and Gloria Swanson. In all cases, costume design proved vital to their success. Historian Kimberly Truhler explores twenty definitive film noir titles and traces the intersection of film noir and popular fashion through the decade and beyond.



Sunday, August 16, 2020
GlamAmor-ous Conversations: The Hitchcock Blondes

Online via Zoom webinar
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)

Recording available on demand - click to view on Vimeo

My first conversation with Edith Head - played by actress Susan Claassen - went so well that I've invited her back to discuss the Hitchcock Blondes. The costume designer is responsible for many of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous films and we'll delve into the stories behind the style.


Once again, it will be as if Ms. Head is taking time out of her busy schedule at Universal to speak with us about actresses such as Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Doris Day, Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren, and Eva Marie Saint.

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.

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.



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

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 addition to delving into the early lives of the stars, 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 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

There will be one event per month, though there may be other events mixed in the calendar as well.
I will put up dates and links to register to each event when they are ready. See below...


Joan Crawford
Sunday, June 14
Recording available on demand - click to view on Vimeo


Kay Francis
Sunday, July 19
Recording available on demand - click to view on Vimeo


Jean Harlow
Sunday, October 4
Recording available on demand - click to view on Vimeo



Sunday, May 15, 2020
GlamAmor-ous Conversations: Susan Claassen as Edith Head

Online via Zoom webinar
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)

Recording available on demand - click to view on Vimeo

Have you ever wanted to experience what it was like during the Golden Age of Hollywood and learn the style secrets of the stars? Join me for my conversation with acclaimed actress Susan Claassen as she channels legendary costume designer Edith Head.

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.

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.

It will be as if Ms. Head is taking time out of her busy schedule at Universal to reflect on her years at Paramount where she worked with some of the most stylish stars, including:

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



Wednesday, April 15, 2020
FASHION IN FILM OF TCMFF 2020: Special Home Edition

Guest speaker
Online via Zoom webinar
4 pm - 5:30 pm PT (7 pm - 8:30 pm ET)

Recording available on demand - click to view on Vimeo

Since this year's TCM Classic Film Festival (TCMFF) is now a "Special Home Edition," I thought it was important to offer the same for my own annual event. And so, on Wednesday, April 15, I invite you all to join me in a online version of Fashion in Film of TCMFF 2020.

The presentation will feature 11 films - 5 from the festival's on air programming, and 6 more from festivals past. As always you will enjoy beautiful movie stills and images from today's fashion accompanied by a conversation about film history, costume and fashion designers, and backstories of the stars.

Most know that costume design is often integral to plot lines and always helps establish character. In addition, many of the leading ladies were close with their costume designers, so you can get great insights into their lives and see the evolution of their style. You'll also discover how these costumes continue to influence fashion today.


This year's presentation will include:


Red-Headed Woman (1932)

Shanghai Express (1932)
Baby Face (1933)
Holiday (1938)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
The Lady Eve (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
A Foreign Affair (1948)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Network (1976)

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


 


TCMFF 2013 closing image by Luann Withee
Opening image presenting at Egyptian Theatre by Jordana Ripp

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