Blue and white silk taffeta dress with matching shoes circa 1765

'Selma' costume designer Ruth Carter reveals how she re-created the famous "Bloody Sunday" march -- and how she finds the psychology of characters who existed in real life.


Congratulations to Writer-director Jeffrey St. Jules; he has won the Academy’s Claude Jutra Award, sponsored by Telefilm Canada, for his first feature film, Bang Bang Baby, it was announced by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. It will be presented at the Canadian Screen Awards 2-Hour Live Broadcast Gala airing Sunday March 1 at 8pm (8:30 NT) on CBC.

It sounds fun ...

Bang Bang Baby tells the tale of a small town teenager (Jane Levy) in the 1960s who believes her dreams of becoming a famous singer will come true when her rock star idol (Justin Chatwin) gets stranded in town. But a leak in a nearby chemical plant that is believed to be causing mass mutations threatens to turn her dream into a nightmare.

Take a look at this trailer ... you'll want to see it for sure ...


Stylized Costumes 

Director Jeffrey St. Jules is quoted saying he wanted the costumes to be true to the character. "Even highly stylized, we have to feel like these characters are real and you connect with that." Personally, I think the Costume Designer Sarah Millman achieved that goal.



The show has lovely clothes that accurately project character; but are filled with the fun and style of the 1960s; as in these Eyelash Shoes;



And of course, we can't leave out the talented artists from Hair and Makeup;


No detail has been missed, either; the show looks great. “I miss the days of separates. A fitted skirt and innocent blouse are so pretty and kind of sexy to me. Here, Stepphy dreams of Bobby while dancing with his suit coat. The crochet/lace work of this blouse is incredible. Don’t often find pieces like this anymore!” says Sarah Millman.


“A later look for Stepphy — this is her Tiki Bar look. Stepphy’s one super badass moment — in the scene she rips off her canary yellow circle skirt to reveal a pair of hot pink satin stretch pants. It’s kind of her Grease meets Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas moment. The top is also amazing: It buttons down the back and is cotton lace over a bright yellow. It was a really collaborative look. Jane loved it. I also loved the hot orange lip and her hair with the other colours. So fun!” At right: “This is our ‘Meet Stepphy’ dress. Also made by Calla, it’s actually so delicate — with woven tweed on top and a silk chiffon bottom. We added the collar, gloves and contemporary Dieppa Restrepo cream patent shoes to top off Stepphy’s innocent school girl/dreamer look.”



Thanks to the National Post for this article, pictures and comments by Costume Designer Sarah Millman;

Behind the scenes of TIFF’s most stylish film, Bang Bang Baby. 

The Costumer's Notebook,

The book The Costumer's Notebook is a 295 page comprehensive handbook for Costumers for stage and film including a full Glossary of stage and film industry terms. Sections include methods and tricks for laundry, dyeing, breakdown, Dresser guidelines and protocols for Stage or Film and various size charts for men and women from shoes to gloves. Other Sections include diagrams showing How to Iron A Shirt, How to Tie a Tie and How to Tie a Bow Tie. Costume fittings, costume lay out and costume storage are also discussed.