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Judd Apatow to receive award from Hollywood's Costume Designers Guild

Judd Apatow will receive the Distinguished Collaborator award at the 16th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards.

According to a press release from the CDG, the director/producer will receive the honor “in recognition of his support of Costume Design across his many remarkable projects,” including recent collaborations with costume designers Leesa Evans (This is 40, Bridesmaids), Jennifer Rogien (Girls), and Susan Matheson (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby).

Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels received the Distinguished Collaborator award in 2013. READ FULL STORY

Disgraced designer John Galliano gets a job

John Galliano’s fashion comeback continues.

The former Christian Dior designer — who was fired from the label after being arrested for going on a drunken, anti-Semitic rant (which was caught on video) in a Paris bar in 2011 — is confirmed to be creating the stage costumes for Stephen Fry’s new stage adaptation of the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance Of Being Earnest.

When rumors about the wardrobe gig began last July, Galliano was said to be in the running along with Roland Mouret and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton. According to British Vogue, Galliano was the top choice for the job and is currently at work creating costumes for the play, set to open in London next year.

Fry will both direct the production and play the role of Lady Bracknell, a character Galliano has dressed before. READ FULL STORY

'Pretty Little Liars' costume designer announces clothing line -- EXCLUSIVE

Good news for fans of the fashion on Pretty Little Liars — a clothing line inspired by the teen drama is coming soon.

PLL costume designer Mandi Line played a big role in designing the line, which was developed in partnership with Warner Brothers and apparel brand Aéropostale. “It’s been a dream come true. It’s become such a passion project on both sides. All of us have become like family within the last three or four months,” Line told EW of the collaboration. “I’m so protective of the show and the fans, but the more I work with them, the more I see that they’re really open to everything I’m saying.”

Line wouldn’t share specifics, but the costume designer did reveal that the line will consist of items inspired by each character’s individual style, with pieces priced between $18 and $72. “Aéropostale is very savvy. Their main thing is to combine quality with the right price point,” Line explained. “I really wanted to work with a retailer whose price points were [reasonable]. I wanted kids and parents to be able to afford [the clothes].”

The Pretty Little Liars Collection by Aéropostale will be available nationwide exclusively at the brand’s retail stores and on its website as of January 5 — just in time for the show’s winter premiere two days later on January 7. READ FULL STORY

See the 'Fifty Shades of Grey' lingerie line -- NSFW VIDEO

Good news for Fifty Shades of Grey fans who live in Northern Europe — author E.L. James has designed a line of sexy lingerie.

James has designed a 26-piece collection of bras, panties, stockings, corsets, and nightgowns in collaboration with Swedish clothing chain KappAhl. Priced between  €12.95 ($17.54 US) and €59.95 ($81.18 US), the unmentionables come in various shades of grey (natch), black, and red, and are adorned with lace embellishments.

What was it like for the romance novelist to try her hand at lingerie design? “It has been incredibly exciting and interesting to be involved in the process, from the production of the concept through the design to the final collection,” James says in a press release from the brand. “I have been deeply involved at all stages, and my thoughts and suggestions are clearly visible in the collection’s garments.”

While the collection is currently available at over 360 KappAhl retail locations in Sweden, it’s not sold online and there are no plans to make it available in the United States. Anyone can ogle the line thanks to a (NSFW) video of a Fifty Shades fashion show. Click on to watch.


Meet 'Fifty Shades of Grey' costume designer Mark Bridges

Filming on the movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey is officially underway, and an Oscar-winning costume designer is dressing (and undressing) the film’s stars.

According to IMDB, Mark Bridges — who is best known for his work on Silver Linings Playbook, The Fighter, and Captain Phillips, and won the Oscar for The Artist in 2012 — joined the cast and crew on location in Vancouver over the Thanksgiving weekend.

The first photo from the set shows Dakota Johnson (as Anastasia Steele) and Jamie Dornan (as Christian Grey) filming a scene that appears to be the couple’s first rendezvous. In the book, Anastasia is described as wearing a navy-blue jacket, blue sweater, skirt, and a pair of brown boots when she meets Christian, who is clad in a “fine gray suit, white shirt, and black tie.” While both characters are fully clothed, Bridges has undoubtedly been busy pulling together a wardrobe that will consist of lots of lingerie for our heroine and plenty of crisp white shirts and ties for the leading man.

Will the costume designer take all his cues from the book, or will he make some sartorial changes?  READ FULL STORY

Costumes from the original 'Sound of Music' to go up for auction

Talk about a revival. Not only is Carrie Underwood taking over the role of Maria in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! (Dec. 5 at 8 pm), but costumes from the 1965 film — based on the original Broadway musical by Lindsay and Crouse — are hitting the auction block.

On December 21, Profiles in History will sell fourteen costumes from the Oscar-winning movie musical to the highest bidder, a lot that’s estimated to be worth $150,000-$250,000. An auction of Sound of Music costumes held last summer brought in over $1.5 million.

Among the items up for grabs this time are garments worn by the Von Trapp children and the jacket and pants worn by Captain Von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) when the family performs the songs “Edelweiss” and “So Long, Farewell,” at the concert that sets off the film’s final sequence.

The lot was pulled from the Western Costume Company’s 6000-piece “Star Collection,” marking the first time costumes from archive have been sold in over 25 years. A release about the upcoming Sound of Music auction hints that other costumes from the archive — which includes Vivian Leigh’s “Shantytown” dress from Gone with the Wind and Rudolph Valentino’s robes from the 1926 silent film Son of the Sheik — will soon hit the block.

See some of the Sound of Music costumes up for bids after the jump…


'Catching Fire': Meet the jeweler who created Peeta's necklace and the Mockingjay pin

Peeta’s necklace plays an important role in Catching Fire and so does Dana Schneider, the jewelry designer who created it.

Though she’d provided pieces for the first installment of the Hunger Games movie franchise and has collaborated with Catching Fire costume designer Trish Summerville on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Ray Donovan, Schneider — whose jewelry designs have also been seen in movies like Elektra, X-Men II, and Man of Steel — still did her Hunger Games homework before pitching herself for Catching Fire. “I had read all of the books. When I met with [Trish] I knew which specific pieces had to be in the film,” Schneider told EW.

“I knew Peeta’s necklace was going to be pretty prominent, and it’s hard to make a locket that looks masculine. I got this idea about how the case would flip off and reveal this folding inside. I knew the special effects people could put in CGI images on the locket, so I tried to focus on the silhouette and how it functioned,” Schneider explained. “The first thing I made was a little taped-together cardboard locket that I showed Trish. She liked how it functioned, so then [I began] making it in metal. It was an organic, evolving process.” The jewelry designer spent three weeks crafting a metal prototype to show Summerville and director Francis Lawrence. Once she’d gotten the thumbs up, Schneider created three functioning lockets for Josh Hutcherson, and three replicas for the actor’s body and stunt doubles. “The prop department also made a ‘soft stunt piece’ without hard edges for the heavier stunts,” she explained.

Schneider said she used the same strategy to create the iconic Mockingjay pin for the first Hunger Games movie, a design she tweaked for Catching Fire. “I was able to refine how I made the arrow and the piece itself. It was nice to have the opportunity to streamline it a little bit more for this one.” How does she keep track of the precious pins, which would make great mementos or fetch top dollar on the collectibles market? READ FULL STORY

'Bonnie and Clyde': Costume details and the stylish clothing line

It wasn’t just the story of the his-and-hers killing spree that brought attention to the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde. The look of both characters — Bonnie (Faye Dunaway) in her beret, tight sweater and pencil skirt and Clyde (Warren Beatty) in his chalk-stripe suit — earned costume designer Theadora Van Runkle an Oscar nomination and inspired a ’30s throwback fashion trend.

Next month, Bonnie and Clyde get the Lifetime treatment in a two-night miniseries starring Emile Hirsch and Holliday Grainger. Legendary wardrobe designer Marilyn Vance (The Untouchables, Pretty Woman, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink) created more than 100 costumes for the title pair in the small screen retelling, and now online boutique Rue La La has unveiled a collection of clothes, shoes, and accessories inspired by the stylish Depression-era outlaws.

Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Bonne and Clyde wardrobe closet guided by Vance herself and get a first look at some of the pieces in Rue La La’s Bonnie and Clyde clothing line after the jump.


There's a 'Twin Peaks' inspired clothing collection and it's almost sold out

Indie designer label Suckers Apparel has launched a clothing line inspired by the short-lived but stylish 1990 series Twin Peaks and it’s flying off the shelves.

The Twin Peaks Collection pays homage to the David Lynch created drama with pieces like the “Fire Walk With Me” dress and the “Smoking in the Girls Room” capelet. Most of the garments, which range in price from $64.99 to $189.99, are currently sold out, but the “Welcome to Twin Peaks” velvet skater dress and three styles of graphic-printed leggings — “Log Lady,” “8Bit Lodge,” and “Who Killed Laura?” —  are still available.

Costume designer Patricia Norris (Scarface, Blue Velvet, 12 Years a Slave), who collaborated with Lynch on a number of film and television projects in the ’80s and ’90s, took home the Emmy for the pilot episode of Twin Peaks.

More than 20 years later, Norris’ Twin Peaks throwback wardrobe seems to be back in fashion.  READ FULL STORY

How Michelle Obama inspires the costume design on 'Scandal,' 'Veep,' and 'House of Cards'

Forget about those drab, boxy business suits, the powerful female characters on today’s D.C.-set TV shows are wearing figure-flattering dresses, experimenting with bold colors and patterns, and even (gasp!) going sleeveless. And they all have Michelle Obama to thank.

The first lady hasn’t just changed the fashion landscape in our nation’s capital, she’s changed the way fictional Washingtonians look on the small screen.

“[Mrs. Obama] has made D.C. a little more feminine and much more modern,” explains Veep wardrobe designer Kathleen Felix Hager, who dresses Vice President Selina Meyers (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on the HBO series. “She took risks.”

“She did inspire us. There’s no doubt about that,” says Scandal designer Lyn Paolo, who pitched her vision of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) to ABC execs with an “anti-inspiration” vision board featuring practically every real-life D.C. power woman except Obama. “No disrespect, but I don’t think there are that many women in politics today that dress like Olivia Pope. They all wear red, white, and blue—all the time. Thank God Mrs. Obama is changing that.”

After taking over the wardrobe department on the Netflix series House of Cards, Johanna Argan also realized that when it comes to everyday dressing in Washington, unless you’re talking about FLOTUS, real-life inspirations are hard to come by. “I looked [at] women in power positions — in corporate America and in D.C., [but] there weren’t any specific women that stood out,” says Argan, who is responsible for Claire Underwood’s (Robin Wright) closet. “I used Mrs. Obama [as a reference] because she’s the most fashion-forward example of what we see right now.”

Read on for more on how Michelle Obama has influenced the costume design on Veep, House of Cards, and Scandal.


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