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IMG_20180721_171347There are days when I feel like I can’t come up with a single good idea, but I find ways to get inspired – I have to get past my fear of failure! I go to a costume house and start touching the fabrics, the feathers, the beads. Sometimes, none of it makes any sense to me. TV pace is just so fast, I just keep moving through it and then all of a sudden it’s done, and I say “Wait. We did that?” 

Lou Eyrich – American costume designer in Hollywood. This quote is from a Q&A with The Costume Designer, the official magazine of the Costume Designers Guild, Local 892.

Ms. Eyrich is known for her costumes in television. She’s worked on American Horror Story, Glee, and Asylum.

I admire Eyrich’s ability to keep the creativity going under such time constraints and pressure. What do you do when you need inspiration?

Long walks work for me when I hit a writing block. If I want to start a sewing project, I often begin with fabric. I find a fabric that I like and look for the silhouette that best suits the fabric (and me of course).

For longer term general inspiration – museums, books, old movies, travel!

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Photo: ANDRES KUDACKI

I tell my daughters, ‘Anyone can put on a dress. It’s your mind that defines you.’

Angelina Jolie – American actress.

This quote is from a Q&A with Ms. Jolie and John Kerry, US Secretary of State 2013-2017, published in Elle magazine, March 2018.

I absolutely agree! But, I also think that what we chose to wear does say something about who we are.

 

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Zack Pinsent. Photo: BBC

Why dress up in jeans and a t-shirt if you can go along to Tesco dressed as Napoleon or something?

Zack Pinsent, British tailor who specializes in Regency period clothing.

Zack dresses full time in period clothing. He’s a part of a new BBC television show, My Friend Jane, which is all about modern day fans of Jane Austen.

Speaking of period clothing, later this week I am on my way to Costume College. For the very first time I’ll be joining the ranks of other period clothing enthusiasts for three days of fashion history lectures and workshops such as:

  • Making the Phantom Bustle
  • 18th Century Coat Construction
  • How to Set an Authentic 16th Century Ruff

… just to mention a few.

I am most interested in fashion history so I’ll be headed to the lecture classes. I’m looking forward to learning about 18th century fabrics, changes in women’s fashions 1774-1784, Hanbok – modern historical Korean dress, and much much more!

Costume College is an annual “costuming arts conference” brought to us by Costumer’s Guild West, Inc.

You can be sure I’ll be writing about this and posting on Instagram.

Follow along #overdressed4life.

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Cher 1986 OscarsSonny and I always dressed outlandishly. People thought it was wild, but we were really proud of the way we looked. I got that early: the not caring what people thought. Because really, who cares? I liked the dress. I trusted Bob. I had the body to pull it off. 

Cher, who needs no introduction.

This quote is from a Q&A with Rita Wilson for Harper’s Bazaar.

Cher is talking about the Bob Mackie dress that she wore to the 1986 Oscars. (Pictured)

When she got to the mic to announce the winner for Best Supporting Actor, she said –  “As you can see, I did receive the Academy booklet on how to dress like a serious actress.” LOL. Apparently Cher was miffed that she hadn’t received a nomination for her work in Mask.

Well, what I have to say is this – just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

Although I question Cher’s taste in fashion/costumes, she has an amazing singing voice and she’s a talented actor. She won Best Actress in 1988 for Moonstruck. And now she’s back onscreen in Mamma Mia 2.

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“No capes!” says Edna.

If one is going to an opening or a certain sort of social affair, a cape can work, I suppose. But if one is moving quickly in violent situations, a cape is beyond idiotic. My views on capes are well-known. Asking me about them is like asking Isadora Duncan how she felt about scarves. 

As told to Harper’s Bazaar by Edna Mode, stylist/fictional character appearing in Incredibles 2.

Hmm … capes do present a challenge, whether or not facing a spot of violence. Moving quickly is not possible, Ms. Mode is right about that.

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No superhero saving the world in this cape.

I made a cape for myself  in 2016, inspired by ones I saw on a visit to the UK. Making the cape was its own unexpected difficulty but once finished I was eager to sport my new creation. I soon figured out that: 1. If you’re going to wear a cape outside of England plan on a lot of stares because Californians apparently don’t understand the look. 2. To pull it off you have to maintain a certain air of elegance. And 3. Consider your purse carefully. A small clutch or bag with a handle works best, as movement of arms is limited.

Perhaps capes aren’t the right choice for superheros but they’re super fun for us fashionable mortals.

 

 

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It’s funny how clothes can be so emotional. They make you able to face the world in a spectacular way. 

Vivienne Westwood, British fashion designer and activist.

There’s a documentary on Vivienne Westwood just released and now showing at the Opera Plaza theater on Van Ness in San Francisco. But I have read that the designer is unhappy with the film, directed by Lorna Tucker. Apparently there’s way too much time spent on fashion and not enough focus on Westwood’s activism. She tweeted earlier this year that she does not want to be associated with the film.

Ah well, that’s too bad but it won’t stop me from seeing it.

Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist is showing at the Opera Plaza through June 29th, 2018.

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Iman with her husband David Bowie in 1991. Photo: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

I’ve always lived by the philosophy that in a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic. True style is like a great black-and-while picture: It never looks dated. 

Iman, the great Somali-American fashion model and icon.

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