2.07.2016

FIDM Salutes 2015 Oscar Nominated Costume Designers

To say the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising puts on a "nice" event would be a gross misrepresentation of the truth - the words Outstanding, Elegance Personified, and Magnificent seem much more appropriate. 

On Saturday evening, I attended the opening and reception for the 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. On a typical day, arriving to the FIDM Los Angeles campus is impressive enough...the large art-deco campus is situated in a well-manicured park, and surrounded by monumental architecture in the heart of the Fashion District.  On this evening, the campus was all aglow. You could feel the energy of the Hollywood magic. Guests were greeted by valet service and a red carpet which led us directly to the nights festivities...to view and celebrate the works of the custom designers for this years Oscar nominated movies, and several films for the year 2015.

For the past 24 years, the FIDM Museum has honored the incredible work of costume designers in the film industry through this groundbreaking exhibition. Since its inception in 1992, the exhibition has generated an increased National and International audience each year. With the help of the Costume Designers Guild, the skill, dedication, and talent of those artist is saluted. The show draws thousands of visitors annually along with the media visiting from all over the world.

FIDM all aglow with guests enjoying the incredible atmosphere.

Just before sunset, an inside view from inside the tent.

The celebration continues after the sun has set.

Several food stations to satisfy the guests taste.

Working on set is extremely demanding. It's fast-paced, the hours are long, and there are many people to please. Costume designers are charged with creating characters from clothing, imparting mood and visually moving the story-line forward, while crafting ensembles that look perfect in long shots and enlarged on 30-foot wide film screens. These on-set responsibilities are often paired with small budgets and very little prep time. Costume designers and their teams of supervisors and assistants organize thousands of ensembles for a single film production-from grand ball gowns to tattered uniforms. Yet they must ensure that every garment is appropriate to the stylized setting, era, and role established by the director, and that each actor can physically perform his or her role. Costume design is an industry with many artistic and intellectual demands.

The FIDM Museum & Galleries is proud to shine a spotlight on costume designers whose work epitomizes craftsmanship, innovation, and creativity on set. This year's exhibition features over 100 costumes from 2015's most notable films in a variety of genres, including Academy Award nominees for Best Costume Design.


Oscar Nominated: Sandy Powell
Movie: Carol - Starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara
Credits: Cinderella (2015), Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Suspension of Disbelief (2012), Hugo (2011), The Tempest (2012)

Oscar Nominated: Paco Delgado
Movie: The Danish Girl - Starring Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander
Credits:The 33 (2015), Witching and Bitching (2013), Les Miserables (2012), Snow White (2012), The Skin I Live In (2011)
 

Oscar Nominated: Sandy Powell (also for Carol)
Movie: Cinderella - Starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, Richard Madden
Credits: Carol (2016), Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Suspension of Disbelief (2012), Hugo (2011), The Tempest (2012)


Oscar Nominated: Jacqueline West
Movie: The Revenant - Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter
Credits: Knight of Cups (2015), Seventh Son (2014), The Gambler (2014), To the Wonder (2012), Argo (2012)

Oscar Nominated: Jenny Beavan
Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road - Starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron
Credits: Child 44 (2015), Gambit (2012), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), The King's Speech (2012)

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The following movies were not nominated for the Oscar, however I want to give them press because their popularity with the public.

Straight Outta Compton
Costume Designer:  Kelli Jones
Starring:  O'Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge, Neil Brown Jr.
Credits: Homefront (2013), My Uncle Rafael (2012), Isolation (2011), Chrystal (2004), Essence of Echoes (2002)

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awaken
Costume Designer:  Michael Kaplan
Starring:  Harrison Ford, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Carrie Fisher
Credits:Winter's Tale (2014), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocal (2011), Burlesque (2010)

Beast of No Nation
Costume Designer:  Jenny Eagan
Starring:  Idris Elba, Abraham Attah
Credits: Our Brand is Crisis (2015), Now You See Me (2013), Contraband (2012), About Fifty (2011)

To view the outstanding works of these incredible group of artists:

Location: FIDM Museum & Galleries (on The Park, 1st level)
FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
919 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA. 90015 (corner of Grand Ave and 9th Street)

The exhibition opens to the public on Tuesday, February 9th, through Saturday, April 30, 2016.
Gallery Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm / Tuesday through Saturday (Closed Sunday & Monday)
See www.FIDMmuseum.org for updated holiday hours. 
Admission: FREE
Public Information: (231)623.5821, ext. 2224
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2.03.2016

Under the Weather


Typically I would have already produced another post for the week. Just a quick note to let you know I'm under the weather. I'm resting this week because Saturday, I have a big event at the FIDM Museum and Galleries to attend and report on - the opening of the 24th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition. Attending this event is one of my year highlights, so it's important for me to get better.

Hopefully I'll be back early next week with another style story for So What to Twenty, and a lifestyle post at Bloom.


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1.30.2016

Carnaby Street

One of my favorite classes at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising was the Evolution of Apparel, taught by Mrs. Bersen. It's funny how we remember certain teachers. All bright-eyed and excited about studying fashion at one of the world's top fashion schools, I bounced into class, excited to learn about clothing through the decades. She didn't simply tell us about the decades of fashion, she had us experience them too...the popular music, the social scene, politics, and of course, the neighborhoods. I was in fashion heaven.

Fast forward 30 years, and I still get the same fuzzy feeling when I'm in the mood for representing a particular decade. Recently, I scored a pair of patent booties from eBay which scream 60s. At first glance I immediately thought of London. When I shared a photo of my new buy on Instagram, I mentioned their London-esque vibe, and thanks to Jill from Grownup Glamour, she reminded me of an area in London (Westminster) called Carnaby Street. Here is a brief history from Wikipedia (Click Wikipedia for more info).
By the 1960s, Carnaby Street proved popular for followers of both the Mod and hippie styles. Many independent fashion boutiques, and designers such as Mary Quant, Marion Foale and Sally Tuffin, Lord John, Merc, Take Six and Irvine Sellars were located in Carnaby Street as well as various underground music bars such as the Roaring Twenties in the surrounding streets. With bands such as Small Faces, The Who, and Rolling Stones appearing in the area to work, shop, and socialize, it became one of the coolest destinations associated with the Swinging London of the 60s.

For today, I bring a modern day interpretation of what fashion was like during the 60s on Carnaby Street - The look gives a subtle wink to Mod and hippie styles, what sets the tone are the crazy-cool patent leather boots, skinny jeans, and my shaggy yarn sweater. Though women were embracing hot pants and the micro mini (thanks to Mary Quant), for this particular look, I'm taking a more masculine approach by wearing pants.  Today my shoot location takes place in an art district which boast many restaurants and vintage boutiques.

Outfit Details - Black Patent Ankle Booties: Nine West via eBay; Looping Sweater/Jacket: Jacket Society (One left. Faux Fir Sweater at Shopstyle); NYDJ 'Clarissa' Ankle Skinny Jean: Nordstrom; Essential Black Basic Tank Top: Ann Taylor Loft; Black Patent Belt: Nine West via TJ Maxx; Black Round Keyhole Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (available in blue), Love Bird Charm purchased from a boutique near my home.
 









I hope you enjoyed this trip down Carnaby Street during the 60s. This post was really good fun for me. Being a history buff, I have always enjoyed watching how fashion plays a part in the bigger picture of our lives...our social concerns, the economy, etc.  Fashion certainly tells our story. Don't you agree (wink)?

Does Patchouli oil sound familiar? The perfect post to go with a 60s theme at BLOOM - The Essentials of Oils. Sharing some fun information and beauty ideas using essential oils. You'll enjoy this post!

The gateway to BLOOM

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1.27.2016

Easy

This post is dedicated to my musician son - the one who has the compassion to inspire, has the heart of a teacher, and the spirit of an artist.

"No one said life would be easy, 
and if they would have told me so,
I would have punched them in the gut."
Glenda K. Harrison

Life isn't easy, and the road to success is a very complicated journey filled with endless twists and turns, ups and downs, and battles of the mind. I don't know about you, but there have been many times when I felt hoodwinked, and ready to throw in the towel. My son asked, "Isn't the journey to success suppose to be easy?" "No son, it isn't. And you won't find a single person who says it is. It is in fact one of the toughest roads you'll travel because success and failure are indeed on the same path; especially when you're trying to live a life worth living. The key is to find ways to deal with the setbacks."

If what we seek is easy, and comes without pain, long hours, heartache and setbacks, then in fact, it probably isn't something that means a great deal. We cry over something when we truly are hungry and passionate for it...when we're trying to become the person the world needs most. "So no, my dear son, it isn't going to be easy, but, it will give you satisfaction once it is achieved."

So for today's style story, I wear an easy dress that screams leisure. The perfect dress, and most appropriate after working so damn darn hard. Enjoy the pictures and I'll meet you in the comment section.


Outfit Details - *LOFT Beach Seashell Off The Shoulder Maxi Dress: Ann Taylor Loft; Rancher Hat: Anthropologie (Past Season. Many Rancher Hats on Shopstyle); Jeweled Sandals: Enzo Angiolini (Great selection of jeweled sandals at Shopstyle. Check out the jeweled Leslie sandal by Michael Kors); Faux Leather Aviator Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (Past Season. New Faux Leather Aviators); Pearlized Y Necklace: Ann Taylor Loft; Turquoise Ring belonged to my Mother; Bracelets are charms from necklaces I own. Crystal Stud Earring: The Icing.

*For the dress, I'm wearing a size medium. It is very roomy and I could have worn a small. However, I stayed with the larger size so the dress would stay in the off-the-shoulder position. Also, it doesn't come in a petite. Being around 5'2", I did have to hem the dress about 5 inches.


"We must become the people
we think the world needs."
Michael David PonTell


This statue was created in memory of Michael David PonTell (December 22, 1991 - May 12, 2015). Michael was a writer, dreamer, founder of the writers' website - Onlinbrary.com, and champion of other young writers whose voices have not yet been heard. 







 

I speak from my heart as my son has met challenges along the way. As his mother, and his soul mate, I had to delve deep to find the correct words for him to lean on. I was frightened he would give up on his dream. I searched for answers from others, but soon discovered the wisdom he needed came from the tough road I had to travel. It's most certainly true, when we have a test - it becomes a testimony. Because my experiences helped my son, I'm glad my road wasn't easy.

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1.25.2016

Unwritten

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield is such an inspirational and motivating song for anyone who imagines stepping outside the carefully defined box. For some, the box is necessary. It provides direction and comfort. While for others, the box represents confinement. Having once lived inside the box, I can understand its appeal - having your life pre-planned seems attractive. In direct contrast, living outside the four walls, in a life that is unwritten, seems scary. What happens next? The cool thing about it...the pen's in your hand.

For today's look, my featured item is a top that represents this new chapter in my life - a free-spirited, sheer, bohemian top. Void of constrictions, and with a subtle peek into what's underneath - the top resonates freedom in conjunction with vulnerability - a life unwritten. I hope you enjoy today's look, and I'll meet you in the comments below. 

 
Outfit Details - Lace Yoke Top: Ann Taylor Loft (Sold Out. Similar Lace Yoke top in black and Lace Shoulder Blouse in Ivory); Cropped Flare Denim: Ann Taylor Loft (sold out. Great options on Shopstyle. Love these by Mother - The Insider Cropped Flare); Strappy Sandals: Nina via ThredUp (Check out the Melaney II by Badgley Mishka); Silver Nine West Crossbody via eBay; Preppy Round Sunglasses: Ann Taylor Loft (Tortoise available); Nail Polish is Normani by Zoya.

 







 

Have a wonderful week, my friends, and I'll return with another style story later this week. In the meantime...ending unplanned {wink} 

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Unwritten (lyrics)
Natasha Bedingfield

I am unwritten, can't read my mind, I'm undefined
I'm just beginning, the pen's in my hand, ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Oh, oh, oh

I break tradition, sometimes my tries, are outside the lines
We've been conditioned to not make mistakes, but I can't live that way

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you could not find

Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten
The rest is still unwritten