Thought for a lifetime

Einstein made the very important observation that " Imagination is more important than knowledge ".

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's a Really Big ( costume ) Show! Hollywood Costume

Costuming has always intrigued me. 
It's a garment but, it is also a visual narrative.

So last week me, my friend, and my funky harem pants headed to 
Los Angeles County Museum of Art complex
to view the amazing multimedia exhibition 
Hollywood Costume

The exhibition was organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London 
and consists of over 150 of  ' the world's most iconic costumes ' .

The entrance of the current Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
is a tribute to the epic costume designer
 Edith Head;
whose 60-year career of designing costumes for almost 500 films resulted in
35 Academy Award nominations and eight wins.

Displayed are her actual eight Academy Awards...
An impressive introduction to a really big ( costume ) show ! 

The exhibition is not just costumes on display but, 
a thorough explanation of the process of creating a character through costuming.

" Costume is the Character " -Martin Scorsese

The exhibition combines costumes and video in inventive and informative ways.
Conversations, movie clips, and talking heads are a few of the highlights.

But, ultimately  Hollywood Costume is all about the actual costumes 
from the most memorable, iconic films imaginable.

" Costumes are so much more than clothes - costumes embody the psychological, social and emotional condition of the character " - Deborah Nadoolman Landis


With my head still spinning from two solid hours of costumes, 
the next stop was a one-night-only panel discussion led by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, 
an accomplished costumer, educator, author, and a curator of the Hollywood Costume exhibition.

Deborah Nadoolman Landis discussed with three Oscar nominated costume designers their costuming techniques and challenges.

The costume designers were

  • Danny Glicker, nominated for Milk ( the autobiography of Harvey Milk starring Sean Penn )
  • Judianna Makovsky, nominated for Pleasantville, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and Seabiscuit
  • Michael Wilkinson, nominated for American Hustle

Modern mythology is an accurate description for the stories that are 
told through the magic of motion pictures.
And costume designers design the characters that inhabit the motion pictures.

Hollywood Costume 
closes on March 2
and is a must-see for anyone 
that has ever loved a movie.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mood Fabrics NYC

Thought I could afford a short four day trip to New York City in August

and on day four I finally hailed a cab and made the journey to…

the NYC Garment District!

First stop was the iconic 8 foot bronze " The Garment Worker " by Judith Weller
The sculpture was placed at Broadway and 7th in 1984 and the artist based it on her father; a tailor. 

But, my real destination was the famous Mood Fabrics !!!!

Located on the third floor at 
225 W. 37th St. NY

It is 40,000 square feet, three floors of fantastic fabrics.
Jack Sauma is the founder and a designer that switched to wholesale fabric sales in 1991.
In 1993 Mood opened its doors to everyone 
and in 2001 it moved to its current location.

Mood Fabrics has an amazing selection of fabrics that are clearly marked 
and the variety of fabrics boogle the mind !!!!

Apparently there are no free samples :)

And although the variety of fabrics is unimaginable, the staff is extremely helpful
and the store is not overwhelming.

I truly planned on just visiting the most famous fabric store in NYC thanks to Project Runway.
But, my daughter feel in love with a silk fabric and a cashmere fabric that were 
shockingly reasonably priced!
So one silk blouse and one cashmere scarf coming up :)

All in all Mood Fabrics was a great experience !
The prices were surprisingly low,
the selection was fantastic,
and the salespeople were great !

And now my darling daughter and I are off to our next adventure.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Red Carpet at The Time Traveler's Gala

Costumer's Guild West, Inc. began Costume College in 2006.
It has only taken me 8 years to finally attend the four night and three day extravaganza
that was July 31 to August 3 in Los Angeles !

There were parties, classes, exhibits, marketplace, photo gallery, 
portrait studio, tours and epic people watching.

And the people watching not to be missed was the red carpet 
leading to the Saturday night gala...

the party of parties; the Time Traveler's Gala.

The party had sold out months earlier and every guest was dressed impeccably.

Straight from the pages of Little Women ?

What is amazing is that almost every garment is made by the attendees 
after intense research to be as period accurate as possible.

Where is boarding for the Titanic ?

From their hats to their shoes to their hair to the haberdashery, 
they brought costume history to life.

George Washington is our friend.

looking for the Gangs of New York
 Not everyone went for strict historical references.
Humor and imagination were also on display.

Nightmare Before Christmas...after Christmas, during Christmas ??
And how fun would it be to actually find a kindred spirit 
who also enjoys becoming someone else for an evening.

In person she really resembled Queen Elizabeth, right down to the wave.

There were also a couple astonishing look a-likes...

Her resemblance to Wallis Simpson was amazing

No idea who he is or what type of soldier, but he made a big impression.

A continuos parade of delightful, amazing sewing skills.

Do not ignore the fantastic hairpieces and hats !

A hobbit ?
And all hundred+ guests had fun being the center of attention.
Some guests had extra fun...

Ready for her close-up

Has anyone seen my friend Mary Poppins ?

A subtle advertisement for their wig business *note ad on top of their heads LOL
Everyone had a GREAT time watching AND walking the red carpet 
to the Time Traveler's Gala 
at the 2014 Costume College

Cavalcade of Costumes at Costume College 2014

The Costume College experience just kept getting better and better.

 I was already in shock and awe at the fabulous costumes seen randomly 
 wandering about at Costume College, then there was also
 The Cavalcade of Costume Exhibit

A banquet room full of dozens of complete costumes and accessories.
Many, many created by Costume Guild members and many items historical artifacts.

Every item had a wonderful description and the collections were amazing.

So many fantastic vintage hats that I actually got a little giddy :)

The garments were delightfully period correct right down to the shoes.

 Unless it was a complete fantasy outfit.
The imagination and techniques used in the fantasy outfits were impressive.

This collection and exhibit of historical, fantastical and imaginative costumes was almost... overwhelming.

I easily took 100 pictures to try and capture the creativity, beauty and wonder of this exhibit.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Costume College 2014

The real focus and benefit of attending Costume college is the 
AMAZING quantity and variety of classes.

There were 50 classes to choose from on Friday,
50 different classes to choose from on Saturday
and Sunday another 56 unique costuming classes.

Numerous classes had limited enrollment and pre-registration is required. 
These classes also had a limit to the number of students allowed to enroll.

However, there are also dozens of classes that did not require any pre-registration 
and were open to all.

The 10 classes that I succeeded in attending over my two days at Costume College were all terrific. 

Mr. Perry Bret Ash shared his tips on making ruffs while wearing a very accurate historical costume.
( yes, that's a codpiece )

A handsome ruff that was worn around the neck.

One of my favorite classes was a limited enrollment class on Mucha Headdresses 
taught by Jessica Cohen.
 Students brought their own supplies and the results were pretty fantastic.


Laura Rubin looked like she stepped out of 
Vermeer's famous Girl with the Pearl Earring painting 
while she taught how to create a sturdy leather thimble.


Jess Miller demonstrated on students her tips and experience on creating masks from plaster bandages

And I attended a fascinating lecture on La Chemise a la Reine given by Sarah Lorraine.
The chemise really became notoriously popular by Marie Antoinette. 
Sarah is focusing on the chemise for her PhD so the depth and range of her knowledge was 
mind boggling interesting.

And honestly just as interesting as the classes were the wonderful outfits worn randomly by students.

You never knew what era or silhouette would walk by.

And some of the costumes were fantasy figures that are well loved.  
Hello Little Mermaid.

Hello White Rabbit

And some of the costumes were just fantastically original ( or I just didn't know the character ).

Attending Costume College has been a goal for a few years 
and I am deliriously happy I finally made it.

The class selection was incredible and covered an amazing assortment of topics.

I definitely hope to attend Costume College 2015.
But, I think I will always prefer making costumes to wearing costumes.