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Dressing David Bowie As ‘Ziggy Stardust’

Posted: February 27, 2018


"One day in 1973, the Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto received a phone call from a stylist, who insisted that Yamamoto leave Tokyo immediately to catch a plane for New York. The reason? There was someone on the other side of the world that he had to meet.

Thirteen hours by plane and some time after landing in New York, he arrived at Radio City Music Hall, where David Bowie descended from the ceiling during a show, dressed in Yamamoto’s designs. Almost instantly, Yamamoto felt a connection with Bowie. “I felt like I’d known him forever,” he remembers.

This week, the highly anticipated “David Bowie is exhibition will open at the Brooklyn Museum. Debuting March 2, the show is organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where it debuted in 2013 and became the most-visited exhibition in the gallery’s history. At the heart of the exhibition are hand-written lyric sheets, drawings, paintings, music videos, television clips, and costumes by the late British designer Freddie Burretti alongside seven costumes that Yamamoto designed for Bowie during his “Ziggy Stardust” and “Aladdin Sane” tours."

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The Latest: 'Wonder Woman,' 'I, Tonya' Costumes Celebrated

Posted: February 27, 2018


“I, Tonya” and “The Shape of Water” took home some of the top awards at the 2018 Costume Designers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. Tuesday night.

Guillermo Del Toro and Kerry Washington were among those honored. The majority of nominees and honorees wore black to show support for the Time’s Up movement.

Del Toro was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator award; Washington received the Spotlight award. 

When accepting his award, Del Toro described how he builds his characters. He revealed he creates four to eight-page biographies for each character. Referencing his Oscar-nominated film, “The Shape of Water,” Del Toro said that whether its a mute lead or a black best friend he wants to make sure they are “not eye candy, eye protein.”

After an emotional introduction from “Scandal” costume designer Lyn Paolo, Washington took the stage and thanked Paolo for creating Olivia Pope’s iconic style. Washington admitted that she was nervous when creator Shonda Rhimes said her character would not be pregnant on the show although Washington was expecting in real life. Washington described Paolo cutting holes into designer pants so that her character could still have her signature strut and look. The “Scandal” star also added that seeing a character’s wardrobe allows her to become the role. “I don’t really know what type of person a character is until I know what shoes she wears,” Washington said."

Full list of 2018 CDG award winners below (winners in bold).

Excellence in Contemporary Film
“Get Out” (Nadine Haders)
“I, Tonya” (Jennifer Johnson)
“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (Arianne Phillips)
“Lady Bird” (April Napier)
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Melissa Toth)

Excellence in Period Film
“Dunkirk” (Jeffrey Kurland)
“The Greatest Showman” (Ellen Mirojnick)
“Murder on the Orient Express” (Alexandra Byrne)
“Phantom Thread” (Mark Bridges)
“The Shape of Water” (Luis Sequeira)

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film
“Beauty and the Beast” (Jacqueline Durran)
“Blade Runner 2049” (Renée April)
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (Michael Kaplan)
“Thor: Ragnarok” (Mayes C. Rubeo)
“Wonder Woman” (Lindy Hemming)

Excellence in Contemporary Television
“American Horror Story: Cult” (Sarah Evelyn Bram)
“Big Little Lies” (Alix Friedberg)
“Grace and Frankie” (Allyson B. Fanger)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Ane Crabtree)
“The Young Pope” (Luca Canfora, Carlo Poggioli)

Excellence in Period Television
“The Crown” (Jane Petrie)
“Feud: Bette and Joan” (Lou Eyrich)
“Glow” (Beth Morgan)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Donna Zakowska)
“Stranger Things” (Kim Wilcox)

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Maja Meschede)
“Game of Thrones” (Michele Clapton)
“Once Upon a Time” (Eduardo Castro, Dan Lester)
“Sleepy Hollow” (Mairi Chisholm)
“Star Trek: Discovery” (Gersha Phillips)

Excellence in Short Form Design
“Assassin’s Creed” – “I Am,” Commercial (Patrik Milani)
Elton John featuring Marilyn Manson: “Tiny Dancer,” Music Video (Sara Sensoy, Dawn Ritz)
Katy Perry – “Chained to the Rhythm,” Music Video (B. Ăkerlund)
“Miu Miu Women’s Tales #14: The End of History Illusion,” Short Film (Mindy Le Brock)
P!NK – “Beautiful Trauma,” Music Video (Kim Bowen)

Career Achievement Award
Joanna Johnson

Distinguished Collaborator Award
Guillermo del Toro

Distinguished Service Award
Maggie Schpak

Lacoste Spotlight Award
Kerry Washington

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3 Tips To Survive As a Brick and Mortar Store

Posted: February 27, 2018

By: Jim Joseph - Contributor for Entrepreneur 

"Is brick-and-mortar retail dying? Are shopping malls becoming a thing of the past? It certainly looks that way for traditional retailers.

To try to understand why, I do what I often do: I asked my graduate students at NYU where I teach Integrated Marketing. They provide great input, and I learn as much from them as they do from me -- more, actually.

So, how could these stores not be relevant anymore?

1. Become an expert.

There’s nothing more compelling than someone who knows their stuff. Become the resident expert on your subject matter and customers will flock to you for advice. Make your retail environment one that showcases your superior expertise and differentiates you from your competitors. Suddenly, you become a retail destination because shoppers need you.

2. Build an experience in the store.

Physical retail stores can no longer exist just to display products for sale. Instead, think about the space as a showroom full of experiences that will draw customers in to get to know your brand better. Make them understand your brand better than they’d ever be able to do online.

It’s not about selling products, it’s about experiencing the brand. Surround your products in an experience that they’ll remember and share. What kind of experience? All I can say in 140 characters is that it should be unique and relevant to your brand.

3. Link your online to your offline.

Gone are the days when brick-and-mortar stores can stand alone. Make sure you have an e-commerce component to your offering, and make sure it lives in harmony with your physical presence. Link the two to get your customers to cross-fertilize between offerings, creating a rich in-store experience and a fast, convenient website that makes it easy for customers to use both in any given day.

Most importantly, get to know your customers better. You can only build a compelling experience by understanding your customers, so get to know how they live their lives, how they shop for what they need and what they want.

There is a difference. Customers need products and services, but your job is to get them to want those services from your brand.

Then, and only then, will you be able to sustain your brick-and-mortar retail presence."

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A Deep Dive Into Frozen On Broadway Costumes

Posted: February 20, 2018 

"The next few months on Broadway will be loaded with new shows, but few are arriving with as much heat as Frozen. Adapted from the 2013 Disney film—the highest-grossing animated film of all time, and the source of the inescapable song “Let It Go”—this family-friendly musical traces the epic adventures of two royal sisters, Anna and Elsa, in the fictional kingdom of Arendelle. (It starts previews on February 22; you can buy tickets here.)

A key figure in bringing the show’s Nordic world to life on stage is British designer Christopher Oram, the two-time Tony Award winner who is creating Frozen’s sets and costumes. We spoke with him recently about the ideas undergirding his Norwegian-style costumes for the show, with ten photographs to help illustrate what he’s talking about—including four character portraits that have not previously been released.

'The costumes from the film are iconic, and so I approached the reimagining of them with trepidation and respect. I was also very aware that this would likely be the first time that a generation of young fans of the film would set foot in a theater, so it was important to me that they had an experience that was both familiar and at the same time new and exciting. Certain looks translated very easily into real fabric and onto real bodies; others took more revision before they found their balance.'"

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Adam Rippon’s Costume Designer Tells All

Posted: February 20, 2018

"The man making Rippon sparkle in Pyeongchang is costume designer Braden Overett, the Los Angeles–based owner of Veretto Sport (an outfit whose other claim to fame is its popular collection of mohawk hats). Overett spoke to Slate about the popularity of crystals, Rippon’s love of see-through garments, and his client’s famously prominent posterior. Our conversation has been condensed and edited.

Heather Schwedel: Tell me about the first outfit we saw Adam wearing in the Olympics, in the team event on Sunday night.

Braden Overett: The program he did on Sunday was the long program, which is the same program he’ll do again this weekend. The shirt he’s wearing this weekend is the original shirt we had designed for that program. The design concept originated out of feathers and water and this ethereal flowing sound. The program encompasses a number of different elements, not technical elements but auditory elements. We wanted to take a whole bunch of those and create something that was going to reflect both the choreography and the music. This was in the cement mixer of creativity from the day we started talking about it all the way until the day that the top was delivered. That process was more than a year long."

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