Arts: Applied Arts

Makeup Artist Angela Wells on the Looks of ‘Promising Young Woman’

Nominated for four Golden Globes, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020) has generated quite the buzz. In this dark comedy thriller, a young woman named “Cassie” (Carey Mulligan) seeks to avenge the rape of her childhood friend by making predatory men pay for their actions. Along with clothing, makeup plays a key role in Cassie’s game. I recently spoke with the film’s head makeup artist Angela Wells about the work that went into creating Cassie’s iconic looks.

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Arts: Applied Arts

The Clothing Tells the Story: Costume Designer Nancy Steiner on ‘Promising Young Woman’

Nominated for four Golden Globes, Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020) has generated quite the buzz. In this dark comedy thriller, a young woman named “Cassie” (Carey Mulligan) seeks to avenge the rape of her childhood friend by making predatory men pay for their actions. Clothing plays a key role in Cassie’s game, as they lure those men into her trap. I recently had the privilege of talking to costume designer Nancy Steiner about the work that went into creating these iconic costumes.

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Arts: Performing Arts

Meet Germaine & their Quebecois (Canada) Feminist Folk Music Project

The women of Germaine are bringing a feminist perspective to the world of Quebecois (Canada) folk music. I had a chance to speak with two of the founding members Mélina Mauger-Lavigne and Florence Mailhot-Léonard after their mid-February performance for the virtual University of Chicago Folk Festival. (Note: Quebec is a French-speaking province located in eastern […]

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Arts: Applied Arts

The Clothing Tells the Story: a Look at the Costumes of ‘Promising Young Woman’

Recently, the Hollywood Foreign Press released their nominations for this year’s upcoming Golden Globes ceremony. Women artists – especially women artists of color – are snubbed so regularly by these organizations that it’s become expected. And of course, I have my opinions on who was cheated this time around and who did not deserve the nominations they did get (Emily in Paris? Really?). But there did come one welcome surprise this year: Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman (2020) and its four nominations, including for Best Drama Motion Picture and Best Director. Before the buzz around this dark-comedy thriller subsides, and since I’ve been writing so much lately about costume design, I thought I’d talk about its costumes, which play a key role in the film’s storytelling.

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Arts: Applied Arts

Yardi Gras 2021: Resilience Made Manifest in New Orleans

For some people Mardi Gras exists as a single day, but Caroline Thomas is one of the full-time Mardi Gras artists who works on the event all year round. Thomas is a member of a carnival production company, Royal Artists Inc., that creates floats and props for Mardi Gras—as well as other big parades—held in […]

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Arts: Performing Arts

18th Street Arts Center Begs Audience to ‘Come a Little Closer’

In an evening of performance artwork, University of Southern California artists explore the concept of online witnessing, questioning what it means to be present with the realities of others through the screen. Through the following pieces, the audience comes closer to the artist’s perspective on gender, religion, colonialism, collective memory.  (Come a Little Closer, University […]

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