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How Costume Designer Edith Head Changed the Look of Hollywood
AFS Cinema spotlights films featuring the Oscar-winner's designs
Screens Column  January 10, 2019, by Jill Morena
"...Edith Head began her long and extraordinary career in the 1920s, mainly under the tutelage and shadow of one of the great Hollywood costume designers, Travis Banton. When she was hired at Paramount, she had zero experience designing clothes and an uneasy proficiency in drawing the human figure..."

'Intelligent Design' Not Scientific
Postmarks  August 22, 2003
"...If Shawn Pendley ["Postmarks," Aug. 8] really believes that "Intelligent Design" qualifies as scientific theory, then I.D..."

Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky
Too bad this sumptuously appointed film unfolds on a screen instead of a catwalk.
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Film Review  July 16, 2010, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Starring: Anna Mouglalis, Mads Mikkelsen, Elena Morozova, Natacha Lindinger and Grigori Manoukov. Perhaps it’s no surprise that French designer Coco Chanel, with her penchant for a dominant black-and-white color palette, would be attracted to Igor Stravinsky, a compositional master of the piano’s black-and-white keyboard..."

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Go see the actual ballet instead

Film Review  November 2, 2018, by Josh Kupecki
"...Keira Knightley as Sugar Plum is one thing, but it is Mirren’s presence as the so-called villain, Mother Ginger, that telegraphs the fact that this film is bound to be a future “classic” that the family can casually agree to nod off to after the holiday meal is consumed, as everyone is halfheartedly searching for something to watch that is nonthreatening to most of the extended family. This Nutcracker is a dull and anemic film that has set and costume design for days (but only if you are a Thomas Kinkade enthusiast) and absolutely no heart whatsoever..."

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
The Once and Future King gets a reboot
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Film Review  May 12, 2017, by Kimberley Jones
"...Legend of the Sword is wall-to-wall CGI, oppressively so, every frame crammed with ones and zeroes that don’t add up to much of anything. By contrast, Annie Symons’ costume design is tantalizingly tactile – chain mailed Vortigern’s eagle epaulet, and Arthur’s fetching leather hybrid of sherpa jacket and Western duster...."

Belle
Inspired by a 1779 painting of two real-life cousins – one black, one white – Belle gives a fictionalized account of their lives.
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Film Review  May 23, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...The material is interesting, and the production values are top-notch. Anushia Nieradzik deserves special notice for her costume design; her luxurious dresses in deep shades of purple and magenta race the pulse more than anything particular in the plot or characterization..."

Memoirs of a Geisha
Well, we’re not in Chicago anymore, or even its soundstage approximation, but that hasn’t stopped Oscar-nominated director Rob Marshall from fashioning another epic spectacle out of two squabbling women in (a sort-of) show business.
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Film Review  December 23, 2005, by Kimberley Jones
"...(Maybe Marshall just likes his bad girls best – the Oscar-winning Catherine Zeta-Jones was Chicago’s stand-out.) When Gong’s around, Memoirs of a Geisha has speed, purpose, and a sweet tease of camp, but her departure marks a significant dropping-off in the (way, way overlong) film’s forward thrust. Unfortunately, right around the same time, Memoirs of a Geisha’s other chief pleasure – the spectacular set and costume design – exits as well, as the pesky arrival of World War II into the plot necessitates tighter belts, less opulent silks..."

Lucie Aubrac
Germinal director Berri teams again with his Jean de Florette star Auteil and That Obscure Object of Desire's Bouquet for this tale of the French Resistance based on the actual...
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Film Review  October 29, 1999, by Marc Savlov
"...Where Berri succeeds so brilliantly with Lucie Aubrac is in his depiction of life during wartime. There's not a false note in the production and costume design, by Olivier Radot and Sylvie Guatrelet, respectively..."

The Efficiency Expert
During the 1960s in Australia, there were periods of labor unrest due to changes made by various industries to modernize and/or increase profits at the expense of jobs. These changes...
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Film Review  December 4, 1992, by Pamela Bruce
"...Parallel to Wallace's personal situation is a young, second-generation worker at Balls (Mendelsohn), who has a crush on and enthusiastically pursues the owner's pretty, but fickle daughter (Rigg), only to eventually alienate the genuine affections of his co-worker and longtime girlfriend (Collette). With flawless production and costume design by Chris Kennedy and Tess Schofield, coupled with sparse (which is unfortunate) musical selections of the Sixties, Joffe's film seamlessly captures the period from the perspective of down under..."

Outfitting the Stars
It's all in a name: suiting up the stars at Star Costume and Clothier.
Screens Story  June 13, 2003, by Marc Savlov
"...OK, so maybe that's not what co-owners Kari Perkins and Meredith Moseley want on their business cards, but I took a ground-level advertising class once, and trust me, it's not one anybody's likely to forget anytime soon. Of course, it's also not one that's likely to attract the attention of Hollywood costume designers from the ranks of Disney, but with Perkins and Moseley's recent high-profile work on Marcus Nispel's new The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and John Lee Hancock's updated The Alamo, a Disney outing currently wrapping up second-unit work outside Bastrop, it appears that the duo's relatively new costume and design company can pretty much put whatever they want on their résumé...."

From Baz to Batman
Costume designer Michael Wilkinson does it all from the Harvey Pekar schlump look in American Splendor to the fabulous Seventies fashions of American Hustle
Screens Story  November 13, 2014, by Amy Gentry
"...Australian costume designer Michael Wilkinson will appear at the Harry Ransom Center this Sunday for an evening of cocktails, conversation, and jaw-dropping costumes that's co-sponsored by the Austin Film Society...."

Dark Shadows
Sometimes it might be best to let sleeping vampires lie.
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Film Review  May 11, 2012, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...Almost needless to say regarding a Tim Burton film, the production and costume design, art direction, and set decoration are all eye-pleasingly sublime. Yet in the end, Dark Shadows seems more like a mash-up of leftover ideas from Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – but they’re ideas without the souls of characters...."

Different Stages' Dracula
Despite atmospheric design work and some strong acting, the production never quite realizes the sensuality and lyrical ferocity in Steven Dietz's script
Arts Review  December 3, 2015, by Shanon Weaver
"...The design elements mostly hit the mark, with Lowell Bartholomee's video projections casting slick, sharp exteriors on a window/scrim to the rear of Ann Marie Gordon's creative and functional set, which includes hidden panels for the creepiest of entrances. Complementing the set is an appropriately spooky, shadowy lighting design by Patrick Anthony..."

Review: A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Tony-winning musical serves pure stage magic & killer hilarity
DAILY Arts  March 22, 2018, by Shanon Weaver
"...Onstage at the Brutalist-design Bass Concert Hall sits a Victorian theatre, complete with antique lighting sconces and a sumptuous red velvet curtain. It’s a proscenium within a proscenium and the perfect setting for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, which asks us to look at both its interior and exterior as we laugh our bloody fool heads off...."

Woman in Black at Scottish Rite Theater
Skilled actors and atmospheric design combine to make this co-production a spine-tingler ideal for Halloween
Arts Review  October 19, 2017, by Shanon Weaver
"...Director Emily Rankin clearly establishes tone throughout; even in lighter moments, a foreboding lingers in the air, like the sea mists that often plague the village. Rankin has chosen a talented pair of performers, backed by a skilled design team..."

Sisters Under the Scrim
Six of the finest theatrical artists in Austin discuss their work behind the curtain designing lighting schemes, mixing sound, and creating and constructing sets and costumes and how their careers have been affected by the fact that they're women.
Arts Story  September 12, 2003, by Molly Beth Brenner
"...These women are some of the finest theatrical artists in Austin, shaping audiences' emotional responses to performance events without ever stepping on a stage. They work behind the scenes, designing lighting, mixing sound, and creating award-winning sets and costumes for performing arts productions here and across the nation...."

Getting the Look
Following the Path of Theatrical Designers
Arts Story  July 12, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...In the theatre, there are masters of the Look, artists whose purpose is to divine a sense of time and place from the text and the vision of the director and translate that into visual impressions. With tools of color, brightness, texture, shape, and mass, they fashion rooms, towers, arenas, landscapes; uniforms, suits, gowns, mufti; glares, phosphoresence, shimmerings, shadows. These interpreters of setting are designers...."

Sweet New Nut
Ballet Austin Gives an Old Favorite a New Look
Arts Story  December 13, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...Tommy Bourgeois' costume design for a Spanish Dancer in the Ballet Austin production of The Nutcracker Obviously, the dance companies get a lot out of their annual December trips to the Kingdom of the Sweets. Their Nutcrackers generate blizzards of revenue which help keep them afloat the other 11 months of the year and help subsidize their less familiar, often more adventurous work..."

Iris
In one of his final films, doc legend Albert Maysles profiles fashion maven Iris Apfel
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Film Review  May 15, 2015, by Kimberley Jones
"...Iris Apfel doesn’t require a camera crew to move her from the private to public historical ledger; she’s already a semi-deified figure in fashion and design circles. But even if she’s chiseled out her name, it must be nice to have another monument there to capture the moment..."

The First Time
Austin artists reveal the intimate details of how they got their muse on
Arts Story  July 17, 2009, by Robert Faires
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