Fun Ways to Learn About the History of Fashion in Film

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If you’re like me and you like to learn about your favorite topics in a variety of ways such as reading blogs or articles, listening to audio recordings, or watching videos, and you are also interested in the topic of fashion in film, then I have some great resources to share with you.

I’ve been following the blog GlamAmor for a while now, and have really admired both the incredible knowledge and style of its creator, fashion expert Kimberly Truhler. Kimberly has been studying film and costume design history for more than 20 years and along with being a teacher and frequent guest presenter around Southern California, has acted as an expert for Turner Classic Movies and Elle Canada among others.

She has a real passion for preserving the history of fashion in film, sharing how costume design from the past continues to influence fashion today, and making sure the costume designers receive the credit they deserve for their important contributions to the world of fashion. Be sure to check out her blog if you’d like to learn more about these fascinating topics.

She is also currently in the process of conducting a 6-part webinar series called The Style Essentials: History of Fashion in Film, which is an online version of a course she teaches. Each webinar covers a different decade in film from the 1920s through the 1970s, and includes stills from movies and images from today’s fashion accompanied by discussions about film history, costumes, and their designers.

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Somehow I missed the start of the series so the webinars covering the 1920s and 1930s have already taken place (however, you can still purchase the recording), but the next live webinar will be on Saturday, January 19. It will focus on style icons from the 1940s, including Katharine Hepburn, Rita Hayworth, and Lana Turner.

You can find more details and the full list of webinars here. Consider attending one or more sessions, as they offer a great way to participate in a classic movie related event and learn more about the history of fashion in film all from the comfort of your own home.

For those who like learning by watching video, you can also visit her YouTube channel, which contains a lot of interesting videos including interviews from the Turner Classic Film Festival and features about some of the great leading ladies and costume designers from the Golden Age of Hollywood such as Grace Kelly and Edith Head.

Being the podcast junkie that I am, I also found a great podcast called The Costume Cafe Podcast, which is hosted by costume designer Colleen Monroe and gives an inside look into the costume design industry both past and present. Kimberly and Colleen did an interview together last year, which you can find along with other informative episodes by downloading the podcast on iTunes.

So as you can see, no matter how you like to learn about your favorite topics, there are a variety of great resources for anyone interested in learning more about fashion in film.

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  1. Thank you, Ginny! I just saw this post of yours and can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. I’m going to do the webinar series again live–one Saturday each month starting in June. It will contain some new information since the last one, so it will be a lot of fun. The announcement will be coming soon. Hope to see you there!

  2. Ginny says:

    You’re welcome Kimberly! Thanks for letting me know about the new series! I would love to participate in at least one live and will definitely be picking up recordings if I can’t.

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