Thursday, October 16, 2014

Are you familar with "Lumaca Film"?

Lumaca Film is an Italian film production house 

located in Italy. 


As stated in their website:

 "Lumaca Films seize fragments of reality to create beautiful lasting images. We give life to dreams and ideas, thoughts become eternal and play havoc with the laws of time.



Lumaca Film is an independent film production company founded by Francesco Zucchi and Lu Pulici in 2013 in Pennabilli, a small village in Emilia Romagna, Italy.



We make films, music videos and advertisements. Simply we tell stories, and endeavor through images to show the fleeting yet immortal life of Beauty."

http://www.lumacafilm.com/
Above you can see their clever, unique logo. To visit their website just click on the logo. 

The Production crew is made up of International professions, each with a passion to create and place their stories, and city on the big screen for all to see!

Their first short film has won numerous awards in various film festivals around the world.  The entire film,  Piove (It's Raining), contained a crew including actors/actresses who live in Pennabilli, Italy. 

Recently Lumaca Film have a crowd funding campaign to raise money for their second film production, Nevica (It's Snowing).  



https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nevica#eng

Click on the Nevica photo to find out more information about how you can help Lumaca Film continue creating magic!!



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Couture Sneakers

marie claire "Accessori Magic Issue".  Autunno/ Inverno 2014/2015

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Costume Designer vs. Fashion Designer

What is the difference between a Costume Designer and a Fashion Designer?

Costume Designers and Fashion Designers  go down to the core of what is and was once worn in the masses or the daily lives of normal everyday people in the past, there is an exchange very evident in which both professions are very similar.  The process begins with research and what is discovered  is taken and used as inspiration to design/create.  A Costume Designer  takes that research amplifies it more, the Costume Designer takes it to the extreme of theatrical.  

The elements of haute-couture creations/designs are very theatrical.  It then trickles down and elements of this can be found in small bits in Ready-to-wear and also in daily fashion of normal people.   

In the past people dressed in "Fashion" not in "Costume" in our present day, "Fashion of the past is Theatrical." In the19th Century Charles Frederick Worth changed everything by becoming the first couturier, each of his creations contained a label sewn inside.  Previously clothing design and production were by anonymous seamstresses, and high fashions which originated from royal courts.  

As stated in Wikipedia,  "While all articles of clothing from any time period are studied by academics as costume design, only clothing created after 1858 are considered as fashion design."

Costume Designer:

 "A costume designer is a person who designs costumes for a film or stage production."  "The costume designer works alongside the director, scenic, lighting designer, sound designer, and other creative personnel.  The costume designer may also collaborate with hair stylist, wig master, or makeup artist."   

Compelling pieces are made for performers to become a character whether in theatre, television, or movie productions. 

Fashion Designer:

"Fashion designers attempt to design clothes which are functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. They must consider who is likely to wear a garment and the situations in which it will be worn." 

 The fashion designer works closely with the pattern-makers, drapers, hair and make-up artists.  There are three main categories in fashion design:  Haute Couture, Ready-to-Wear (pret-a-porter), and mass market. 

 

With the above being said, in reality the two are very similar:

Both refer back to the History of Costume:

When a Costume Designer begins  to design a show, the script is read, the setting, etc. is taken into consideration.  Then many hours are spent in studying and researching fashion of the past, or modern fashion depending on the setting and story of the production.  

As one can see, in the Fashion arena, styles, fashions, etc.  repeat themselves.  When a designer begins to design their new line of clothing, time is also spent on research, many times researching fashion of the past.  

  The process of design for both begin the same:

Research, is followed by inspiration, then it is illustrated with a sketch to be produced into the actual costume or garment.  Pattern-making and or Draping are essential elements to the realization of both the costume or garment.  

 

Visuals of how Costume Designs and 

Fashion Designs are similar:

Street Fashion:

The Sartorialist- "On the street...Before & After Chanel, Paris"


http://www.thesartorialist.com/photos/on-the-street-beforeafter-chanel-paris/

 The CoF The Citizen of Fashion:
"Street Style at NY Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 (Part 2)"
http://www.thecitizensoffashion.com/fashion/street-style-at-ny-fashion-week-springsummer-2014-part2/

 Haute-Couture:

Alexander McQueen


http://www.wiretotheear.com/2009/10/07/rain-wind-and-alexander-mcqueen/
 
 Valentino - Fall 2009 Couture


Bridal-Wear:


Latest Trend of Bridal Dresses 2012 in Pakistan

"Pleats to meet you-two gowns that feature pleats as the main design element."

 Red Carpet Fashion:

 Lady Gaga -2010 Grammys


Sarah Jessica Parker- Met Ball 2013



Cross-overs:

Paul Poiret:  

Fountain fancy dress costume, Paul Poiret, 1920s.

Oriental fancy dress costume, Paul Poiret, 1911.  Source:  Met Museum.



Bob Mackie:

 Jean Paul Gautier- " The Fifth Element"- 1997

Tom Ford- "A Single Man" - 2009

Prada- "The Great Gatsby"- 2013 (Best Costume Design, 26th Academy Awards)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Some Structured Fashion..

To apologize for my absence, I am sharing some of my favorite images from

Steven Meisel's editoral entitled, "Next Level"for Vogue Italia Agosto 2013.