University of Texas to Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon
"...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..."
"...If Shawn Pendley ["Postmarks," Aug. 8] really believes that "Intelligent Design" qualifies as scientific theory, then I.D..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...(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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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 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..."