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Wardrobe Dept: 1954’s Carmen Jones

By April 3, 2012 Fashion, Film School, Personal Interests, Personal Style
Carmen Jones

Carmen Jones, Otto Preminger’s 1954 remake of the classic opera Carmen was full of bravado and heart and made headlines for its barrier-breaking  all African-American cast. Love, the pursuit of chase and war time are the backdrop of this musical but the true show-stopper was Dorothy Dandridge’s portrayal of Carmen Jones, the fiery temptress.

Carmen was a woman who knew what she wanted and got it with a fierce attitude, a sharp tongue and quick wit. She wanted Joe and Joe she would get. Carmen’s sass was matched by her saucy wardrobe of wiggle dresses, off the shoulder tops and flowers in her hair. Men beware! Carmen Jones is coming to town.

If you want to channel your inner fiery temptress, here is a style primer for you straight from the Wardrobe Department.

 

1. Off the Shoulder Top 2. Fiery & Fitted Pencil Skirt 3. Flower Hair Pin 4. Gold Cuff 5. Miss L Fire Heels 6. Dangling Earrings 7. A Rose by any other name

Will you be channeling your inner Carmen?

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Femme Fatale: Five Female Movie Characters We Love

By October 4, 2011 Arts, Film School, Personal Interests
Annie Hall

In movies, I always gravitate toward and identify with enigmatic female movie characters. Heroines who command the screen, often stealing the shine from their male counterparts. These femme fatales own their roles and portray women who are multi-dimensional: strong, quirky, passionate and loving. These women have gained a special place in not only cinema history but are some of my favorite female movie characters of all time.

Katie Morosky The Way We Were

Barbara Streisand as Katie Morosky

The Way We Were is one of my favorite movies of all time! I love the over-arching love story between total opposites Katie Morosky and Hubbell Gardener (played by Robert Redford). Katie is passionate about politics (and life) and Hubbell is in awe of her. They marry and have a baby, but like any film their love simply can’t last.

Quotable: 

“You’ll never find anyone as good for you as I am, to believe in you as much as I do or love you as much!” ~ Katie Morosky Gardener

Miranda Priestly Devil Wears Prada

Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly

The Devil Wears Prada is the movie a million girls loved! The fashion, the storyline, the cold editrix Miranda Priestly. Meryl Streep takes the ice queen archetype to a whole ‘nother level. While we would have hated working for Mrs. Priestly, we simply love to hate her. Whether she is purely fictional or not, Miranda Priestly runs the fashion world.

Quotable: 

“By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.” ~ Miranda Priestly

Dorothy Dandridge as Carmen Jones

Carmen Jones takes the opera Carmen and flips it on its side. Dorothy Dandridge plays the quintessential femme fatale, seducing the corporals and breaking the rules. She falls for bright-eyed Joe and ultimately takes him on a wild ride of lust and love games that ends in her demise. Carmen Jones is not a nice gal nor does she want to be one.

Quotable:  

‘Scuse my dust, gentlemen. The air’s gettin’ mighty unconditioned ’round here.” ~ Carmen Jones

Madonna as Eva Peron

Skeptics wondered if Madonna could portray the first lady of Argentina, Eva Peron. Not only did she manage to bring Eva to life, she won a Golden Globe for her performance. Eva was a social climber who turned into the voice of the people. She fought for Argentina and is heralded today as a patron saint of their country. If you love musicals with a modern twist you’ll love Evita.

Quotable:

“Put me down for a lifetime of success. Give me credit, I’ll find ways of paying.” ~ Eva Peron

Diane Keaton as Annie Hall

Diane Keaton won an Oscar playing the ditzy and uniquely stylish Annie Hall. While Annie comes across as a bumpkin, she is smarter than meets the eye and Alvy (played by Woody Allen) is smitten by her. He tries to change her, she lets him but ultimately pushes back on what she truly wants ending their star-crossed relationship.

Quotable:

You’re what Grammy Hall would call a real Jew.” ~ Annie Hall

For more movie indulgence and to get your femme fatale fill check out these sites for the ultimate lists of female movie characters:

  • 100 Best Female Character Roles via Film Site
  • 100 Essential Female Film Performances via Pop Matters
  • 15 Badass Female Movie Characters via It Things

What female film characters do you love? Which on screen sirens do you identify with? Please leave a comment!

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Wardrobe Dept: 500 Days of Summer

By December 6, 2010 Film School, Personal Interests
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Looking through my archives, I was astounded at the discovery that I’ve never done a post on one of my favorite movies 500 Days of Summer. Blasphemy! If you’ve never seen it, please get thee to Netflix.com and order immediately. 500 Days of Summer is a love story with a twist, kind of in the vein of Annie Hall. It’s not all romantic cheese like most rom-coms and it has an intelligence to it that dissects relationships like how us “real” people experience them.

The plot and genius of the film aside, the wardrobe was beautiful yet simple. The characters Tom and Summer, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel seemed to dress in their own world, with a soothing palette of blues, tans and whites.  Tom dresses in fitted slacks, suits and ties, while Summer wears vintage 50’s frocks and hair bows.  Costume designer Hope Hanafin talks about using solely blue on Zooey and mixing vintage with modern to craft the light and enchanting wardrobe.

I simply love Summer’s style! Now I can stop obsessing over this movie and let you take in 500 Days in all its glory!

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