July 7, 2016 |
Do you like some style with your TV series? This summer's TV is replete not only with good plots, but the fashion is almost as good - if not more so - than the dialogue. That's largely because today's costume designers are doing more than arming characters with the right looks. They are explaining their inspirations in behind-the-scenes recaps, creating Pinterest pages for their fans, and even designing collections based on their characters. "Costume designers have an even greater impact and influence than they did just a few years ago," said Linda Kearns, president of the costume designer division at the New York entertainment consulting firm Matchbook Co . Kearns works with many of the industry's top costume designers.
July 1, 2016 |
Miss Tom + Lorenzo's delicious commentary on the costumes of "Outlander" and What They Really Signify? We do. Let's hope our fave critical eyes on all things fabulous in TV, film and red carpetry don't let the backlash of a strident "Outlander" fan minority stop them from future dish on the show. (Haven't read T+L's "Outlander" coverage ? They can be tough, but we love!) Meanwhile, tv.line.com has this play-by-play on Season 2's back-in-Scotland costumes and What They Really Signify from no less than creator Terry Dresbach.
June 24, 2016 |
William J. Hare liked playing a part, whether it was at a Shore pub, in a parade, or at a Philadelphia department store. From the 1980s to 2013, his sister Maureen Luschini said, he could be found dressed as a leprechaun at Irish American events in Philadelphia and North Wildwood. During some of those years, he also would dress as an Easter bunny, attracting drivers to a beer distributorship in Northeast Philadelphia. And for a while he was Santa Claus, greeting shoppers as he walked the aisles at Strawbridge & Clothier in Center City.
June 10, 2016
Given the attractiveness of its cast, especially leads Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan, the clothes they wear as characters Claire and Jamie Fraser might be overlooked. No danger there, though, given the brilliance of costume designer Terry Dresbach (wife of show creator Ron Moore). Dresbach, Moore, Balfe and Heughan were on hand as the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles unveiled "The Artistry of Outlander: An Exhibit of Costumes and Set Design" this week. The exhibit, continuing through Aug. 14, spotlights the amazing costumes and sets from Season 2 of the show, which airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. on Starz.
June 7, 2016 |
Maddi Levine, 15, has been attending comic-book conventions since she was 10, but Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia was her biggest one yet. Dressed as Marvel Comics' Black Widow and eager to get an autograph from Captain America star Chris Evans, she said her favorite part of the festivities was the sense of community. "[People here] might look intimidating because of their costumes, but everyone here is really just a big nerd," the Baltimore native said as crowds filed into the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
May 24, 2016 |
Arthur William Gerold, 92, costumer to a variety of performers, from Oscar winners to elephants, died on Friday, May 13, at Neshaminy Manor in Doylestown from complications of old age. Born in West New York, N.J., Mr. Gerold became the first general manager of the Lambertville Music Circus in the 1950s. In 1955, he joined the Van Horn Costume Co. of Philadelphia, one of the oldest theatrical costume providers in the world. Mr. Gerold went on to buy Van Horn in 1962 after it merged with the Brooks Uniform Co. The business moved to New York City, and he remained owner until 1981.
April 2, 2016 |
The culmination of the year in professional wrestling builds this weekend as the WWE presents its 32nd annual WrestleMania, the equivalent of the Super Bowl for scripted gladiatorial combat. Sometime during Sunday's event, take a moment to tune out the spectacle, the muscled behemoths hurling their bodies around the ring, the over-the-top characters playing out their story lines in steel cages and atop precarious ladders, and give a thought to the wardrobe that has to withstand choreographed violence.
December 30, 2015 |
When captain "Wild Bill" Razzano leads the Greater Overbrook String Band down Broad Street in the New Year's Day Mummers Parade, he'll be wearing an eye-popping costume designed by Art Institute of Philadelphia graduate Briana Bailey, 26, of Germantown. Bailey, who said, "I was trying hard not to float away," when she won the school's Mummers design contest, was inspired by her 18-month-old niece, Ellie, as the two sat watching old New Year's Day parades on PHL17's all-Mummers sub-channel 17.4.
December 14, 2015 |
Michael Kaplan, the Philadelphia-born costume designer, may not have a name as recognizable as such sci-fi giants as George Lucas, Ridley Scott, or J.J. Abrams, but he is certainly as prolific, with work in such genre staples as Blade Runner , the rebooted Star Trek , and now Star Wars: The Force Awakens , in theaters everywhere (and beyond?) Thursday night and Friday. Kaplan will stay in a galaxy far, far away for the next film in the Star Wars series, under the working title Space Bear . What was your first "Star Wars" impression?
November 11, 2015 |
PARENTS AT THE private Springside Chestnut Hill Academy met yesterday amid concerns over a middle-school teacher who wore a noose costume to a Halloween parade. Parents held meetings yesterday - one in the morning and one in the evening at two churches - to discuss how to respond to the school administration. The meetings followed an initial meeting at the school last Friday. One parent said in a telephone interview that she was "absolutely" offended by the noose outfit worn Oct. 30. "It calls to mind issues of lynching and suicide," said the parent, who asked to remain anonymous out of concern that her child would be identified.