Monday, September 1, 2014

thegenuflector said: Who do you reckon is the best dressed person so far in the MCU?

i think black widow has the most potential to be “best dressed” because she’s so good at disguises, but i suspect her personal taste is probably more like “comfortable and blends into a crowd.”

there are a lot of characters in the MCU now, but as far as i remember the best dressed is either pepper potts or loki (or possibly frigga). pepper clearly has a lot of interest in fashion, and a bank balance to back it up. loki is vain, has shapeshifting powers and wears a lot of sparkly armour, BUT the armour we see him wearing is probably ~official prince armour~ or something, whereas frigga’s clothes are more like really expensive, classy, formal asgardian gowns. so i’m stuck between those three characters, i think.

Anonymous said: Hi! I love your blog and its left me craving more! do you have any recommended reading for someone looking to delve deeper into the worlds of fashion and costume, respectively? There's a lot out there and its hard to know where to start. thanks!

i’ve read vanishingly few fashion/costume books and can really only recommend The Internet and Wikipedia. (sorry.) in terms of fashion-fashion stuff, the documentaries “the september issue” and “bill cunningham new york” are both interesting?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Costume design on Doctor Who: Clara and the Twelfth Doctor.

Looking at Clara and the Doctor in the first episode of season 8, the similarities between their outfits are obvious. He’s wearing a white shirt with a prominent collar and no tie, in a more severe version of Clara’s lace collar. Then there’s the black/white/red color palette, and the fact that he’s wearing a cardigan rather than a waistcoat underneath his jacket.

To me, this link is a clear sign that intentionally or otherwise, the Doctor imprinted on Clara after regenerating. Although if you look at her cardigan, you’ll see that it’s patterned with bow ties — a callback to Eleven’s signature accessory. She’s still looking back to the Doctor’s previous incarnation, whereas the new Doctor is calling out for her attention.


Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Kim Boekbinder by JB Knibbs

Some more shots from my New York photoshoot with the fabulous Kim Boekbinder, aka The Impossible Girl. (So pleased with these!)

Monday, August 25, 2014

tattle-crime: recently did a bit of snooping and ran across the fantastic Trend Custom Tailors who are responsible for creating several of Dr. Lecter’s suits (as well as Ms. Verger’s gorgeous red coat!). Freddie got the inside scoop from the lovely Adriana Meister about Cannibals and Couture.

Their designs are drawn from all over the world- inspired by art, vintage fashion, architecture, textile artisans, and history. Modern style is their focus, but the golden age of couture is never far from their minds. They strive to bring back some of the elegance of the past while intertwining it with modern and future styles.

Designing Hannibal’s suits presents challenges, not only because Dr. Lecter is particular about his designs, but he’s fond of patterns with checks, which can prove particularly difficult to line up. Adriana tells us that Christopher Hargadon, costume designer for Hannibal, mentioned that when designing Lecter’s suits this season, he put Lecter in bright and bold suits whenever Lecter was happy or was celebrating a personal victory of some kind. Ms. Adriana points out that one of their vests was worn during the scene where Hannibal and Alana kiss, and while the vest is dark, the shirt Lecter is wearing is bright orange- a beautiful contrast. When describing Lecter’s style Mr. Hargadon said that colors spoke to him more than anything in regards to Hannibal, and that he wanted his outfits to show a tailoring heritage as well as read ‘old country’ meets contemporary modern tailoring- a style which is perfect for the Good Doctor and comes across beautifully on screen. Hannibal is a formidable man, who has an edge, and never goes unnoticed. As an imposing figure he has to look the part. It takes quite the man to pull off bold colors and prints, and pull it off he does.

Adriana says that her favorite suit of the season was the large bold checked suit in red and brown. It was the first suit they made for Dr. Lecter and she was in love with it before she even knew who it was for. “Someone out there is quite the man to pull that off. Finally we see more men dressing with personality and flare.” She notes that not many people can carry that print or color.

DYING for an outfit of your own? Trend Custom Tailors is available for both private commissions and commercial work. They have a wide selection of beautiful fabrics from all over the world (many of them Hannibal-esque!) and their thumb on the pulse of fashion, so don’t hesitate to contact them! Check out their website for more information, and if you’re in the Toronto area stop in! Trend Custom Tailors is located at 306 Sherbourne St. and I would definitely give them a call ahead at 416-596-8744.

Thank you so much to Adriana for the inside scoop and the beautiful behind the scenes pics, and keep an eye on TCT’s website for more behind the scenes pics! Keep up with Adriana at scarletdee!

There you have it, folks, some of the most beautiful clothing in the world! Stay tuned because Tattle Crime has some more exclusives to come!

Please no reposting pics without permission, thank you! <3!

Sunday, August 24, 2014 Thursday, August 21, 2014

Costume DesignBarbarella (1968)

by Paco Rabanne and Jacques Fonteray

Monday, August 4, 2014

Anonymous said: Have you ever considered writing posts on your LJ about the costuming in Harry Potter? I know you mostly write them about recently-released shows/movies, but I'm wondering what kinds of things you would have to say about the HP films.

i assume you mean my blog?? i haven’t posted on livejournal in years. but in answer to your question: i wrote a two-part blog post about costume design and worldbuilding in the HP movies (related to the upcoming Fantastic Beasts movie) but i haven’t actually gone through all of the individual films and reviewed them.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Interview with Snowpiercer costume designer Catherine George.

HelloTailor: Could you tell me a little about the process for designing the lead character, Curtis? I remember reading that Chris Evans had to wear sleeveless shirts under his coat in an attempt to make him look less muscular and healthy. That made me wonder how much of an active effort there was to visually distance Chris Evans the actor (who is now so recognizable as Captain America) from Curtis the character.

Catherine George: We talked and worked on Curtis’ outfit for a while before Chris came to Prague. We wanted to make Curtis look very recognizable but at the same time anonymous, the common man who can’t take the status quo any longer — and yes, quite different from Captain America.
We did have to fight against his physique and had to cut away the under-layers, his t-shirt, shirt and sweater. We had so many multiples made without sleeves for different scenes.
Chris was available pretty early on to us. He wholeheartedly embraced his role and was in Prague rehearsing the stunt scenes, most of which he did himself. So luckily we were able to have more than one fitting and have more of his input, which was really helpful.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Interview with Snowpiercer costume designer Catherine George.

HelloTailor: When you were creating the look for each of the main characters, how much input did the actors have? I read an interview with Tilda Swinton where she mentioned you visiting her house to discuss what her character would look like, so I’d be really interested to hear more about that. 

Also, I was wondering if she was intentionally designed to look slightly like Ayn Rand, which is a comparison I’ve heard from a few people already.

Catherine George: In Tilda’s case, Mason’s look was so drastically different that we needed to have clothes and prosthetics made in advance in order to camera test. So we travelled to Scotland with a couple of suitcases of clothes, wigs, glasses and teeth and really had fun with the wardrobe, all while Tilda’s fish pie was baking, and we also got to enjoy the Scottish countryside.
I had collected pictures of dictators wearing elaborate uniforms and crazy hand-made medals. I hadn’t looked at Ayn Rand specifically but I had collected some images of old ladies from that period who would wear their fur and look down their noses at people who were less better off, a bit like Thatcher. But now people are mentioning it, there are similarities to Ayn Rand.