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 →

Frankly My Dear: Rianna’s Classic Movie Survey

I’m not usually one to hate Mondays like so many people seem to do, but somehow I got up on the wrong side of the bed today, and I just haven’t been able to right myself. It’s just been one of those days! :-( So tonight I wanted to do something fun and light-hearted and thankfully Rianna from the blog Frankly My Dear had just the thing for me, her classic movie survey. Thanks Rianna! :-)

I love doing surveys, because they give me a chance to reflect back on all the movies I’ve watched and enjoyed over the years, and they require me to do a little bit of research, which I love to do! So here are my answers:

1. Favorite Classic Disney?

Pinocchio (1940) – Even though I do love the movie, this choice actually has as much to do with my lifelong love of Jiminy Cricket as it does the story itself. :-) I can’t explain it, I’ve just loved him since I was a little girl. I also love the song from the movie, “When You Wish Upon a Star” which won the Academy Award for best song in 1940. One of my most prized possessions from childhood was a Pinocchio watch that had a tiny little Jiminy Cricket in the corner that moved back and forth as the seconds ticked by. I really miss that watch and wish I still had it! Continue reading →