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. Continue reading →

Costume Design: Why I’ll Watch an Old Movie Even if It’s Bad!

Unless it’s really long, I will usually finish watching an old movie even if it’s bad, something I don’t usually do with current movies. The reason is that I can usually find something to like about it just because I love that time period so much or often times I will discover a new actor, director, or costume designer that I want to learn more about.

For instance, last night I watched the movie Homicide for Three (1948) on Netflix Instant. I was looking for a short movie to watch, and it was only 60 minutes long. When I found out that it was set in a hotel, I decided to watch it figuring at least the sets might be fun to look at.

Well, the story itself was a bit far-fetched and the acting was somewhat stiff and corny but some of the set designs and one particular outfit actually made the movie worth watching for me. One person from the movie whose acting was decent was actress Audrey Long, who appeared in some really good movies such as Born to Kill and Desperate (both from 1947). Continue reading →