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'Twilight' director selling T-shirt from Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson's first kissing scene

Their real-life relationship may be over, but take heart Twi-hards — here’s your chance to own a memento of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s on-screen love affair.

The T-shirt Bella (Stewart) wore in her very first Twilight kissing scene with Edward (Pattinson) is up for sale.

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is raffling off the T-shirt to raise money for the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and the University of California’s “Promise for Education” campaign, which raises scholarship and grant money for UC undergrads in need of financial aid.

But this isn’t an auction where the person with the deepest pockets wins…  READ FULL STORY

'Boardwalk Empire' gets a wardrobe update

New year, new wardrobe. It’s now 1924 on Boardwalk Empire, which means there’s been a slight shift in the show’s look. And while those silk dresses, three-piece suits, and trench coats may look effortlessly gangster chic, they involve a lot of hard work courtesy of Emmy nominated costume designers John A. Dunn and Lisa Padovani.

According to the design duo — who custom make most of the show’s wardrobe — fashion history is only one element of the aesthetic. “When we get the scripts, we’re inspired by the stories, the characters,” said Padovani of the Prohibition-era show. “We do a lot of research and then we take whatever that reality was and tweak it [to suit] our story.”

What’s new this season? “We’re heading into the mid 20’s, so there are new silhouettes and new fabrics,” said Dunn. “The silhouette is very slim, the waist is dropping, the women’s dresses are still long, but they’re going to start to shoot up. The patterns are just beginning to show the influence of art deco.” Though, Padovani added, “I’m inspired by contemporary stuff too and I’ll think, ‘That could translate into 1920’s….’ We try to incorporate old pieces with new pieces and old trimmings and accessories with the new things we manufacture to give it a seamless quality.”

The addition of new characters like Daughter Maitland (Margot Bingham), Dr. Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright), and Roy Phillips (Ron Livingston) means the costume designers have more actors to dress, and Livingston has been especially excited about the process. “He’s very much into the clothing,” said Padovani. “He wants to know the motivation behind what we’re thinking. He likes to discuss it.” The show’s other leading players are equally motivated by the 1920’s fashion, particularly Michael K. Williams, who plays Chalky White. “He’s so cute. He [recently] said, ‘I think Chalky White has a shoe fetish,’ so he wanted special shoe inserts to keep his shoes pristine,” said Padovani, who happily granted the actor’s wish. “John and I are very detail oriented. [When they’re filming, the cast] can’t wear their sneakers, even though we usually don’t see their feet. Once you’re on set, you really should wear the costume. It helps the actor.”

Click through the gallery to find out how Nucky and Gillian’s wardrobes have changed this season, and what inspired the look of new characters like the Onyx Girls, Daughter Maitland, Dr. Valentin Narcisse, and Roy Phillips.


'Million Second Quiz': Inside the new game show's intricate hourglass set

Need a foolproof way to ensure your new game show gets noticed? Try filming it inside a three-story, 18,000-pound bent-steel structure that’s laced with multicolored lights powered by more than 1.6 million watts of electricity, adding a custom-made seat dreamed up by the guy who created The Voice‘s signature red chairs … then inserting the whole thing into New York City’s iconic skyline.

The gleaming home of NBC’s Million Second Quiz isn’t just a set: It’s a massive, eye-catching feat of engineering.

Alyssa Milano to host 'Project Runway All-Stars' season 3, guest judges announced

One season you’re out, the next you’re back in. Alyssa Milano will serve as host for the third season of Lifetime’s Project Runway All-Stars, premiering October 24.

Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman will return as judges, while Marie Claire senior fashion editor Zanna Roberts joins the competition series to help mentor the contestants. Guest judges include Gabourey Sidibe, Kristin Chenoweth, Elisabeth Moss, Nick Cannon, Debbie Harry, Oprah BFF Gayle King, and Project Runway judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. Project Runway alums Mondo Guerra, Anthony Ryan Auld, Anya Ayoung-Chee, and Christian Siriano (season 4) will also appear, as will Marge Simpson of The Simpsons.

Once again, 11 former Project Runway contestants will return to New York for a do-over. But there’s a twist!  READ FULL STORY

Sneak Peek: Kaley Cuoco is this week's 'Project Runway' guest judge

This week’s episode of Project Runway has something for fans of The Big Bang Theory – actress Kaley Cuoco serves as a guest judge on the reality fashion competition.

“I’m thrilled to be here as a judge on Project Runway,” Cuocu gushes in a behind-the-scenes video. “It’s one of my favorite shows. It’s wild to watch it for so many years and then go into the actual room and see the runway. It’s crazy.”

A teaser clip from Lifetime also promises that this week’s challenge will involve “some sole searching,” as the designer contestants are tasked with creating a look inspired by footwear from the fashion closet at Marie Claire magazine. “Many women say it’s the most important fashion accessory of all,” muses Tim Gunn. “Shoes!” The designers then face off in a fashion pop quiz that determines the order in which they get to pick a pair of shoes.

Click on to see what Cuoco says were her criteria for guest judging the top 10. Bonus clip: Do you know what inspired Christian Louboutin’s signature red soles? Watch the second video for the answer.  READ FULL STORY

'The Butler': Costume designer Ruth Carter on the film's epic wardrobe and dressing Oprah

Lee Daniels’ The Butler (in theaters Aug. 16) is a fictionalized version of the story of White House butler Eugene Allen. For Ruth E. Carter, that meant designing period costumes for an independent film that spans more than 80 years — from a Virginia plantation in the 1920s, to the Civil Rights Era, to the election of Barack Obama — and boasts a cast of characters that includes some of the most important figures in U.S. history. Not to mention, working with the one and only Oprah.

“We did a lot of restoration and building,” says Carter, who earned Academy Award nominations for her work on 1992’s Malcolm X and 1997’s Amistad. “I had a full crew of seamstresses, a cutter fitter, a person who just did beading. [The wardrobe] came from so many different sources. We had very little time.” Carter’s wardrobe team had just a few months to create more than 250 looks for 95 characters, including the butler himself, Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), U.S. presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower (Robin Williams), John F. Kennedy  (James Marsden), Richard Nixon (John Cusack), and Ronald Reagan (Alan Rickman) — plus iconic first ladies like Jackie Kennedy (Minka Kelly) and Nancy Reagan (Jane Fonda) — and fictional figures played by Mariah Carey, Terrence Howard, and Alex Pettyfer. As for Oprah? “I wanted to make her one of those quintessential homemakers,” Carter explains. “Just as Jackie Kennedy was First Lady at the White House, Oprah’s character was the First Lady of the Gaines house and of her community. I tried to create an [equally] iconic persona for her.”

Although Carter insists that The Butler “is not a big, fancy movie that gives you fancy speeches and fancy people,” there is no shortage of tuxedos, beaded gowns, and other fancy clothes. Keep reading for more details on the film’s epic wardrobe.  READ FULL STORY

'Breaking Bad': What will happen to the iconic props and costumes?

We’ll learn what happens to Walter, Jesse, and the gang when the final episodes of Breaking Bad begin airing on Sunday, but what has become of the Hazmat suits, that pork pie hat, and the other trademark props and costumes from the AMC series now that filming has wrapped?

EW talked to Breaking Bad production designer Mark Freeborn to find out.

“I think there’s [been] some gifting of small pieces [to cast members], but mainly the elements have remained intact and will be stored,” Freeborn told EW as filming came to an end back in April. “Some of the stuff is so iconic to the show that I know they’ll want to make use of it.”

True to Freeborn’s prediction, key items —  including those now infamous Hazmat suits, the pink teddy bear, and that copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass — are now on display at the Museum of the Moving Image in New York City. Visitors can view the “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in Breaking Bad” exhibit until October 27.

Click on for a sneak peek at some of the weird and wonderful stuff on display in the Breaking Bad exhibit.


Lenny Kravitz's design firm creating sets for Queen Latifah's talk show -- EXCLUSIVE

Grammy winner Lenny Kravitz — who returns to the big screen in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire this fall — will bring his enviable style to longtime friend Queen Latifah’s new talk show.

The singer’s design firm Kravtiz Design Inc. will create the sets for The Queen Latifah Show, which is based on the Sony Studio lot in Culver City, California.

“It’s a thrill to be designing the set for The Queen Latifah Show,” Kravitz told EW in an exclusive statement. “This is the first time Kravitz Design has created an environment for television, which makes it a very exciting project for us.”

Where will the singer turned designer pull inspiration from?  READ FULL STORY

Design duo The Blonds on JLo's wardrobe controversy, designing for the stars, and more

The Blonds, Phillipe and David (right), are famous for their high-glam outfits, having designed for Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Barbie, and many, many others. But they still didn’t expect a dust-up earlier this week when longtime client Jennifer Lopez performed on Britain’s Got Talent in one of their feathered bodysuits, inspiring calls that she was inappropriately dressed for a family program. “I mean, she wears stockings, and she’s got long sleeves on and a turtleneck for that performance, so it just seems sort of strange,” David says. Nevertheless, “There’s a lot of conservative [clothing] out there that they have to choose from, and I really don’t think that’s the goal when doing a performance.”

We checked-in with David on the heels of the Lopez controversy to get his thoughts, hear about the long-list of celebrity collaborations, and a tease about what’s next.


Designer Vera Wang remembers her fashion firsts

Next month, Vera Wang will receive the Goeffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards. It will be the latest of many prestigious accolades the famed designer — best known for her stunning red carpet gowns and her reputation as a wedding gown guru — has received in the more than two decades since her name became an iconic brand.

As her career reaches yet another summit, EW asked Wang to look back at a some of her fashion firsts.


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