Over the holidays I spent time listening to costume-related podcasts and watching period TV shows for the wardrobe content. There is some great stuff out there to hear and see (right from home), for costume designers and costumers - anybody interested in costumes, stage, video and film.
Backstage costumers like Cassie Head have duties to perform while the show is in progress; re-hanging costumes after a Fast or Quick-change, pre-setting the next costume to be worn, or helping a performer like Anna Cline in this photo from the Musical Ragtime. Let's look at these duties a bit closer - that way, we'll be ready for our next stage call ...
These lights might be bright, but they aren't the bright lights of Hollywood; this blog is about the lights and lighting systems we can set up in our workrooms. Most of the time, we have little control over the lights that are in the ceiling, but we might be able to alter not-so-great lighting and transorm it into not-so-bad workable lighting.
The Golden Globe Awards were established in 1934 by a group of writers who were known as The Foreign Press Association. The awards recognize excellence in film and television; both domestic and foreign.
Besides the Golden Globes, costumers are interested in the Costume Designers Guild Awards, the Emmy Awards the Tony Awards and the Academy Awards shows because they provide an opportunity for us to see the works of other designers and costume builders. Each character drawn in a single work on film and television carries the genius of costume designer whose job it is to create the visual story for the audience; characters projected through clothing to help the audience follow the story.
Costume Designers use their personal creativity and way of approaching the world to solve serious design dilemmas. For example, suppose you are designing costumes for a scene that has the characters at a formal social gathering. The delemma is that the cast might all look the same; the women are dressed in beauiful gowns, shoes and accessories while the men are shown in tuxedos and elegant footwear. How then, to make the central characters stand out from the rest of the elegant crowd; to be seen as the MOST elegant, MOST beautiful and so on.
I think this is why these awards are given; to celebrate masterful costume designers who work their magic through the characters of a show and definately accomplish that goal.
I've listed the nominations below and have highlighted the winners. I haven't personally seen all the nominations, but all the shows are amazing and there is something for everyone; contemporary and period works. I celebrate them all and love the work they do.
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Resse Witherspon, Wild
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Bumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Into the Woods
Amay Adams, Big Eyes
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie
Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaqui Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes
Force Majeure Turist (Sweden)
Tangerines Manadariinid (Eastonia)
Gett:The Trail of Viviane Amsalem Gett (Israel)
Big Hero 6
The Lego Movie
How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Book of Life
Patricia Arfquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Game of Thrones
The Good Wife
House of Cards
Clair Danes, Homeland
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder
Junianna Margulies The Good Wife
Ruth Wilson, The Affair
Clive Owen, The Knick
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
James Spader, The Blacklist
Dominic West, The Affair
Jane the Virgin
Orange Is the New Black
Edie Falco, Nurse JackieJulie Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Lena Dunhan, Girls
Gina Rodrigues, Jane the Virgin
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent
Louis C.K. Louie
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
William H. Macy, Shamless
The Normal Heart
Congratulations to everyone!!!!
Costumers spend many hours each day sewing and ironing; either work task can cause strain and aches by the end of the day. Today's blog is about healthy sewing and ironing; hope it helps ...
QUESTION: What do these shows have in common? THE WIZARD OF OZ, TOMMY:THE MUSICAL, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, CATS AND WICKED?
ANSWER: Performers FLY in each of these productions ...
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.