Friday, December 6, 2013

TCM - Introduction To The Hollywood Costume

The popular TCM franchise Friday Night Spotlight continues with "The Hollywood Costume," which illuminates some of Hollywood's most talented designers and their fabulous creations. This "Spotlight" is hosted by Deborah Nadoolman Landis, an American film and theater costume designer and the author of Hollywood Costume (2012), Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design (2007) and Hollywood Sketchbook: A Century of Costume Illustration (2012). Landis, Oscar®-nominated for her costumes in 1988's Coming to America, also designed for many other major films including 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Each Friday night she will present a pair of double-features highlighting two different designers.

The festival begins on Friday, Dec. 6 at 8pm with a look at Travis Banton, famous for dressing Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus (1932) and Claudette Colbert in Cleopatra (1934); Orry-Kelly, whose many credits at Warner Bros. include Casablanca (1942) and Auntie Mame (1958). Subsequent nights will feature Irene Sharaff, who created Barbra Streisand's clothes for Funny Girl (1968) and Elizabeth Taylor's for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966); Anthea Sylbert, designer of 1970s classics as Chinatown (1974) and Carnal Knowledge (1971); Jean Louis, who clothed Doris Day in Send Me No Flowers (1964) and Ann Roth, who designed for Meryl Streep in Silkwood (1983) and Jane Fonda in Klute (1971, TCM premiere).

TCM will continue to explore the art of costume design in the overnight hours, with additional double-features highlighting such designers as Adrian, the star designer of MGM films including The Women (1939) and Anna Karenina (1935); Walter Plunkett, designer of MGM classics including Adam's Rib (1949) and Forbidden Planet (1956); and the legendary Edith Head, whose numerous celebrated costumes include those in Sullivan's Travels(1941) and The Seven Little Foys (1955)and Helen Rose, whose MGM movies included The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Annie Get Your Gun (1950).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Robert Tonner Annouces Avatar Doll Line

Well, they’re finally here!  We’re super excited about the Avatar Collection and are pleased to announce they will be available and shipping beginning Monday, December 9th.  For this very special debut, there are only 20 sets available that will ship prior to the holiday, and the remaining balance will be available to ship in January.  Additionally, you’ll be able to buy Jake or Neytiri individually in January as well.  The collection is available at $1500 and each doll (available in January) will be $799.99.

Bring a slice of Pandora home with this masterfully crafted Avatar Collection, featuring Neytiri and Jake.  Constructed of the highest quality resin, completely ball-jointed for countless posing options and hand-painted so each is perfectly unique, this long-awaited collection is an absolute must-have for any film buff. Featuring authentic costuming from the film, many points of articulation, including the tail and an impressive height of approximately 22″, The Avatar Collection is an incredible representation of what has made this film great.  Each figure is a LE of 150 pieces.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Be Patriotic And Vote For Your Favorite Doll At MDC!

Everyday's A Holiday Convention Pieces

Take a look at all of the wonderful convention pieces from the Everyday's A Holiday Convention!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Make A Piñata For Your Dolly Party

From the blog - Oh Happy Day

Mini Piñatas DIY

Yea! It’s a piñata day! We miss Mexican food here in Paris since it isn’t as readily available as back home so we started having Taco Tuesdays where my friend Rubi makes amazing homemade tacos. Last night we got together and I made everyone their own personalized mini piñatas. There was one at each person’s plate filled with treats and surprises. You just open the flap on the bottom to remove the treats. So fun!

Materials Needed: Cereal boxes, scissors, exacto knife, crepe paper in folds, tape, glue
Step One: Draw a picture of the donkey on a cereal box and cut it out with scissors. You need one for the front and one for the back of each pinata. Then cut out long strips from the cereal box about 1.5″ thick. Tape the front and the back together with the strip. (See more detailed instructions here.)
Step Two: Once your armature is built its time to decorate. Cut off the end of the crepe paper fold and cut on one side to create the fringe. Add lines of glue starting at the bottom. Then glue on the fringe, wrapping it around the pinata until its all covered.

Step Three: When you are done cut a trap door at the bottom to fill with treats like small candies, gifts, party poppers, and confetti. Guests can choose to use the little door or can take it apart anyway they like to get the goods.

I loved making these! They were ridiculously fun to work on. Next time I’ll make the ears separate but I started making them late at night so I didn’t think of it until the next day when they were close to done. I also experimented with tails but I thought it looked better sans tail so I left it as is.

All photos by Oh Happy Day