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July 6, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
   When I lined up to run the Haddon Heights Firecracker 5K on Friday, I was in a costume of sorts: blue tank, blue shorts, and calf-high socks emblazoned with the Captain America symbol. It is not the best running outfit - the socks are cotton, which can lead to blisters, sweat-soaked socks, or both. The point was to dress in a patriotic theme, not break my personal record. It's the closest I've ever come to running a race in a costume. It was an attempt dwarfed by Jeff and Karen George LeClair of Princeton, who have won the Oddyssey Half Marathon costume competition four years in a row, in a June race in Philadelphia that's only five years old. "I wish we had known about the first year because we feel like we could have won it five years in a row," Jeff said.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1993 | by Rose DeWolf, Daily News Staff Writer
The Sands Hotel Casino in Atlantic City has agreed that its cocktail waitresses can . . . um . . . cover up a little. The agreement, announced yesterday by the Sands and Local 54 of the Hotel and Restaurant Employees International Union, resolves a dispute that began in July 1992, when Anna Grimes, a waitress, accused her employer of sex discriminaton. Grimes complained then that the Sands allowed male servers to wear tuxedo pants and shirt, and flat, comfortable shoes, while insisting that female servers work in scanty little costumes and walk about on five-inch heels.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 25, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Enjoy spooktacular sounds and artistry, in your favorite costume, Saturday at the Philadelphia Orchestra's Halloween Fantastique with Cirque de la Symphonie at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra will perform 10 pieces including Danny Elfman's Batman movie theme. Other featured works include Adam Glaser's "March of the Little Goblins," French composer Hector Berlioz's "March to the Scaffold" from Symphonie Fantastique , and Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" from The Snow Maiden . Cirque de la Symphonie will perform acrobatic dance, and kids are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes.
NEWS
October 17, 2011
Ray Aghayan, 83, an Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated costume designer whose credits included more than a dozen Academy Awards shows and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, died Monday at his home in Los Angeles. In a career that spanned television, film, and Broadway, the Iranian-born Mr. Aghayan designed costumes for such stars as Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Dinah Shore, Julie Andrews, Carol Channing, and Doris Day. "He was a darling man, and I loved working with him on my films," Day said in a statement.
NEWS
October 31, 1997 | For The Inquirer / DAN OLESKI
Many costumes and characters turned out for West Chester's annual Halloween parade yesterday. Among them were Andy Wade, who dressed up as a devil, and his daughter, Kay, 4. Kevin Ryan, 8, came as the Grim Reaper.
NEWS
June 28, 1987 | By Kate Shatzkin, Special to The Inquirer
Rasa Brittain entered Cappelli's tailor shop in Strafford on a hot, muggy Saturday afternoon, looking thoroughly modern in a short denim skirt, silver belt and a white knit top decorated with black musical notes. Fifteen minutes later, she had been transformed into the picture of a Lithuanian woman dressed for church in the 19th century. White ribbons embroidered in red cascaded down Brittain's blond head. A matching white blouse with a tulip pattern showed its pleated collar above a fitted vest with horizontal stripes.
SPORTS
October 23, 2014
PENGUINS star Sidney Crosby admitted yesterday he donned a Rocky Balboa costume for his team's Halloween party last weekend. So, was Sid trying to stir the pot for tonight's nationally televised "Wednesday Night Rivalry" matchup, or did he just happen to be a fan of his least favorite city's cultural icon? "Am I not allowed to be Rocky?" Crosby asked reporters yesterday. "I like the movie, too. I was Maverick from 'Top Gun' last year. Maybe [Philly fans] will soften up on me because I picked that.
SPORTS
June 21, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Oddyssey costume almost made him extinct Brett Klinger wasn't all that happy when he finished the Oddyssey Half Marathon on Sunday. That wasn't just because of the weather. The race was held on a hot and soupy day, and most runners looked like they'd jumped in a pool by the time they got to mile 13. No, a big part of that misery was that Klinger, 30, had decided to participate in the costume contest portion of the Fairmount Park race and his was a rather bulky one that he kept on for the entire event despite a key part coming undone before he reached to mile one. "We both liked Jurassic Park, and realized [Jurassic World]
NEWS
October 15, 1993 | Daily News Wire Services
It's costume crunch time again. And as usual, there are two choices - go with the store-bought variety ("Jurassic Park," "Aladdin" and "Barney" are hot this year) - or (gulp) make it yourself. You don't have to be a sewing expert. Only a needle, thread and a little creativity are needed with some of the no-sew pattern designs, available at fabric stores. Or try the "Make Believe Book of Costume and Fancy" (Klutz Press, $17.95), 85 pages of 100 creative ideas. The book comes with a plastic box of accessories such as earrings, rings, an eye patch, vampire teeth and other goodies.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 1994 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
Just because you're way past trick-or-treat age doesn't mean you have to spend Halloween waiting for post-holiday candy bargains at the Rite Aid or wiping Mischief Night eggs off your windshield. Halloween is for anyone who wants the chance to be ridiculous, beautiful or horrifying - or for those who just want to be spectators. We, of course, vote for the former. And the event that's consistently over the top is Henri David's Halloween Ball. Over two decades, this colorful jeweler has made partying an art form and turned the ball - described in his bright orange flier as a "return to decadent elegance" - into a major folk event in Philadelphia.
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July 7, 2016 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion Writer
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.
NEWS
July 1, 2016 | Laurie Conrad
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.
NEWS
June 24, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
June 7, 2016 | By Janaki Chadha, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 24, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2016 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 30, 2015 | Dan Geringer, Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 14, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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?
NEWS
November 11, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
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.
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