A dancer’s shoes

Dance · Fashion
  Zaldy, the trendy costume designer for Michael Jackson’s aptly named  “This is It” tour, speaks in the film’s DVD-extras about the custom loafers he created for the singer-dancer. The designer describes how he knocked off the cut and dimension of [hundreds of] loafers that [Jackson told Zaldy], “I can dance in.” Michael Jackson was ...

Michael Jackson’s gold trousers

Dance · Fashion · Film · Music
Google michael jackson gold trousers. There are a bunch of images. It’s a look he liked, and it reminds me of the Yellow Brick Road. At left, the gold sequined pants he dons so terrifically in the rehearsal documentary, “This is It.” I saw the film last weekend and was thunderstruck by how talented and ...

The divine meets the dogged: Tippi Hedren & Edith Head reunite

Fashion · Film · Theater
High Hollywood gets a sparkling rejuvenation when the divine Tippi Hedren will meet the determined Edith Head at a theater opening on October 28. It’s the restaging at the Odyssey Theater in West Los Angeles of the one-woman show, “A Conversation with Edith Head.” Ms. Head, who was petite, loomed large as a cinema costumer. ...

It’s a Barbie kind of day 3

Dance · Fashion · Film · Visual arts
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Silken flame Brunette Barbie 1960 Apple Print Sheath Pink Sheath Platinum Swirl Barbie Fashion Editor Christie Tickled Pink Black Magic Barbie American Girl Thank you, artist Judy Ragagli, for permission to share images of your oil paintings on arts·meme. Like this? Read more: A doll of a different kind. Liz Taylor dons tutu. If you ...

Quiz: Pick the ballet you want to see, just by the costume!

Dance · Fashion
This is a test. It’s easy, it’s straight-forward. It’s a test of which ballet you would like to see, all by New York City Ballet, just based upon the costume. Good luck! (Hint: there are two correct answers and one wrong answer.) La Valse (1951), chor Balanchine, costume Karinska, portrait of Tanaquil LeClercq Ocean’s Kingdom ...

Tutu Taylor

Dance · Fashion · Film
It was a hell of a week for ballet. Our most brilliant male ballet dancer, a true wunderkind, a homegrown wonder, David Hallberg, got a job offer from the Bolshoi Ballet, better, obviously, than his current gig with American Ballet Theatre. So off he goes. Hallberg’s young, 29, he doesn’t speak the language, and Russia ...

Debbie Reynolds, costume connoisseur

Fashion · Film
Photographer/writer Iris Schneider contributes this to arts·meme: “Isn’t there some millionaire out there who can save all this?” The question hung in the air as hundreds of ordinary people, film buffs with their kids, designers and lookie-loos lined up to ogle the astounding array of costumes and props collected over the years by Debbie Reynolds ...

Doing the monster mash at Malibou Lake 1

Fashion · Film
This lakeside fol-de-rol is featured in the fun new book, Location Filming in Los Angeles, by arts·meme pals Mark Wanamaker, Karie Bible and Harry Medved. The book describes how Universal shot the controversial scene on location at a lake in Malibu State Park eighty years ago this September. You can obsess on this story to ...

Vidal Sassoon The Movie: sharp man, sharp scissors

Fashion · Film · Reviews
Caroline Cushing Graham, founding partner of C4 Global Communications and longtime Sassoon client, contributes this film review to arts·meme: The Vidal Sassoon movie: Five Stars! The movie is great, very poignant and beautifully shot. Startling black and white photography with film clips, creating a vivid portrait of Vidal Sassoon. Nothing too much about wild sixties ...

All hail Travis Banton, Paramount Pictures costume designer

Fashion · Film
LACMA’s retrospective of Ernst Lubitsch comedies, made in America with a classy European sensibility, opened with the giddy perfection of the German-born director’s “Trouble in Paradise” (1932). Of all the ingredients simmering in this film’s sweet stew, it’s the pre-code evening gowns in which “Trouble”‘s two leading ladies circulate the sound stage dropping witty dialogue ...