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).

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