Arts: Applied Arts

Dr. Jill Biden’s Inauguration Fashion Conveys Unity & Learning While Championing the Work of American Designers

On a brisk winter’s day in January, the 46th president, Joe Biden, was sworn into office. Standing at his side in turquoise was our new First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden. Her impeccably tailored tweed coat is a Markarian original designed by Alexandra O’Neill, who also created its matching ocean-colored dress. O’Neill founded the luxury womenswear label in 2017 with the idea of combining celestial romanticism and timeless designs that maintain sustainability. Dr. Biden’s ensemble was designed and produced by O’Neill and her team in New York City’s Garment District.

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Arts: Performing Arts

The Filmed ‘Emilia’ Shares A Fiery Feminist Play from the West End

In celebration of Women’s History Month, the filmed version of the British play Emilia is available to watch online. While it’s clear it was filmed for archival purposes and not for public viewing, it’s worth watching.  Women in any era can relate to this energetic and fiery depiction of the life of one of England’s […]

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Features

Congratulations to Alexandra Byrne on Her Oscar Nomination

With the 93rd Academy Award nominations announced on Monday, Alexandra Byrne is now a six-time Oscar nominee for Best Costume Design. Byrne is nominated for her work on Emma. (2020), alongside Bina Daigeler for Mulan (2020), Massimo Cantini Parrini for Pinocchio (2021), Ann Roth for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020), and Trish Summerville for Mank […]

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Features

Female Costume Designers Help Create Characters and Worlds

As part of their special celebration with FF2 Media for Women’s History Month, OFFSCREEN with Jillian and Sophia hosted Roza Melkumyan and me to talk about Costume Design in film, and, in particular, women’s roles in it. It was a great experience, with hearty discussions and fantastic insights into the importance of Costume Design. In […]

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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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