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Screen Style: Louise Brooks

Posted by Christina Stewart December 11, 2013 0 Comment 3724 views

The screen style of Louise Brooks was unique and timeless, and as a result Lulu will never leave us.

All Hail the Pin-Up Girl!

Posted by Christina Stewart December 4, 2013 0 Comment 5179 views

Well it’s that time of year again, and no I don’t mean Christmas. I’m talking about Pearl Harbor. In just a few days, it’ll be the 72nd anniversary of the United States’ entrance into the Second World War. To commemorate the occasion, we are taking a look back at those glorious and glamorous Hollywood Pin-Up […]

From Veronica Lake to the White House: Oleg Cassini

Posted by Christina Stewart November 27, 2013 0 Comment 3797 views

Dashing Oleg Cassini led a jet-set life, and by his own admission, was a bit of a boulevardier. Aside from being a lover of beautiful women, he was the exclusive couturier to First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy and created “The Jackie Look”. During his time in Hollywood, he designed the on and off screen fashions for […]

Costume Designer: Theadora Van Runkle

Posted by Christina Stewart November 20, 2013 2 Comments 5068 views

It’s absolutely fantastic to think that a self-taught costume designer would be nominated for an Academy Award for her every first film, but that is exactly what happened to Theadora Van Runkle. She worked as a commercial artist before a former employer called to see if she’d be interested in designing for, “a little western.” […]

The Mighty Clutch

Posted by Christina Stewart November 13, 2013 0 Comment 11486 views

Earlier this week, I came across this disparaging article about the noble and mighty clutch. I’d like to think the article was meant to be taken as a joke, with it’s main purpose being to fill space with funny gifs. That said, there was an underlying tone of clutch resentment coupled with a shockingly amount […]

Edina Ronay: From Actress to Designer

Posted by Christina Stewart November 6, 2013 0 Comment 6832 views

I first encountered Edina Ronay as an actress while watching an old BBC Sherlock Holmes television episode, A Study in Scarlet from 1964. Ronay played Alice Charpentier, a young woman who has to fight off the unwanted advances of an aggressive man. What made me sit-up and take notice, was that she played Alice with […]

Female Form Divine: The Bias Cut

Posted by Christina Stewart October 30, 2013 0 Comment 7469 views

Bias Cut gowns have long been thought of as the most unforgiving dress or gown style ever created. This is unfortunate, because the style was actually designed so that fabric, draped to match the curves of the female form, would echo the grace of motion regardless of figure. Hollywood’s top costume designers and female stars […]

Edith Head: Hollywood’s Material Girl

Posted by Bennett O'Brian October 28, 2013 1 Comment 7085 views

In 2011, ever-replenishing crowds gathered to see the exhibit ‘Grace Kelly: From Movie Star to Princess’ and demand was so great in Toronto that hours had to be extended at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. It’s likely that many of the attendees viewed these carefully preserved gowns thinking only of the fairy tale marriage and premature […]

Screen Style: Mae West

Posted by Christina Stewart October 23, 2013 1 Comment 9120 views

Today, we think we have a pretty good idea of the screen style of Mae West – the belle of the Gay Nineties. With her big feather hats, hair piled high on her head, and long tight gowns, she knew what style flattered her figure and what worked for her. People in the 1930’s would […]

Hit or Miss? Are Classic Gowns Modern Red Carpet Worthy?

Posted by Christina Stewart October 16, 2013 1 Comment 6212 views

Adrian once said, as probably all costume designers do, that creating designs for the screen is vastly different from creating them for real life. Creations for the screen are much more elaborate and exaggerated in order to convey a whole range meanings. I’ve often wondered while watching many a classic film, if any of those […]

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