May 24, 2011 § Leave a comment
Today I read an article in the Los Angeles Times about how clothing in a television show can set the tone and define a character. If you think about it, this of course is true. What if all the women in “Sex in the City” swapped clothing with another show that was its complete opposite, like “CSI” or something? Would the show have had the same impact as it did? Booth Moore, fashion critic for the Los Angeles Times and author of this article writes,
Clothing defines the characters in these shows, just as it did in ‘Sex in the City.’ You can’t imagine ‘Glee’ and crooked cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) without her Adidas track suit, gay teen Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) without his designer outfits or guidance counselor Emma Pilsbury (Jayma Mays) without her goody goody cardigans.
But then I started thinking, in the cases of “Sex and the City” or “Glee”, the clothing in these show set a positive tone to the show and has, in some ways, made these shows as big as they are. If clothing can make a show, can clothing possibly break a show? Deborah Landis, founding director of the Copley Center for the Study of Costume Design at UCLA says,
If you dressed ‘CSI,’ ‘The Closer’ or ‘Brothers and Sisters’ like ‘Glee,’ the character would be sabotaged by the look.
It seems to me that in recent years fashion has had more of a starring role rather than just blending into the background. Maybe it’s because I am older or maybe it’s because I am in this industry, but it seems like people have become more fascinated with fashion than they were may be ten years ago. Of course, people have always been fascinated by the more luxurious things in life and who is wearing what, but now people are also becoming curious about how “what” is made. I credit this fascination with the construction of clothing and the more behind the scenes part of it to the hit television show ‘Project Runway’, show where starting off designers compete in different competitions to try to win the ultimate prize, a lump sum of cash to start their own clothing line.
In another article in the same issue of the Los Angeles Times by Melissa Magsaysay called “Reality Unleashed”, she talks about how ‘Project Runway’ and other unscripted shows have demonstrated that the fashion business was “good for TV.” Magsaysay writes,
“Project Runway” lifted a curtain on the fashion industry, bringing usually behind the scenes individuals – magazine editors, stylists and designers – to millions of homes. It offered competition, drama, lively characters, and eye candy in the form of sometimes gorgeous clothes and the models who wear them.
Robert Thompson, professor of TV and pop culture at Syracuse University says,
In the case of fashion, many people have always watched TV for the clothes anyway. Look at ‘Dynasty.’ It can be argued that some of those shows were about the clothes. We watch award shows for clothes. Fashion has a good built-in audience.
One of the things I love about fashion is that fashion is unique and everyone has an opinion about it, and I think that shows like ‘Project Runway’ have given viewers the opportunity to become fashion critics and voice their own opinion about the fashions they see during these shows. And of course, it’s gratifying to all of us to criticise something and seem like you know what you are talking about.
May 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
Recently I had an assignment where I had to creat a ad for a eco-friendly product or idea. With a partner, we decided to sell the idea of a picnic. We both figured out the concept and then I creative directed it and shot the photos. With some help from my amazingly talented special someone, this was the ad I created (creating the actual ad was a individual project). I thought I would share it with you all.
We chose this idea because honestly, what is more green and eco-friendly than a picnic? You are in nature instead of a concrete structure and, most likely, you are using reusable dishes rather than paper plates that can barely hold a sandwich let alone a whole meal. The main thing I think is important about picnicing is that you are in nature, and enjoying it. It seems to me that some of us (sadly, including me at times) have become anti- nature. The beautiful nature that once surrounded us have surrendered to mc-mansions, strip malls, and parking lots. The parks near me no longer are places of lazy afternoons and children playing. Instead they are meeting grounds to exchange drugs or a quickie. And as for the modern day picnic, and I leave out the few people who really do enjoy picnics and take both time and care in organzing them and preserving the loveliness of a picnic, most people view them as slopping together a few peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or better yet, driving through the local fast food joint. My point behind this ad was to take the vision that most people have when they think of picnics and replace it with a up-cycled version of the picnics of yester year. The picnics that make you think of the ones you see in those romantic foreign films that we all long to go on. Lets do it! It’s actually much simpler than you think. All you need is a picnic basket, either from storage or a thrift store, reusable dishes from around your house, a nice meal containing organic ingrediants, a beautiful outdoor setting, and a special someone.
May 17, 2011 § 2 Comments
May 17, 2011 § Leave a comment
I haven’t written much in previous posts and I am truly sorry about that. Life has gotten busy and sadly my blog has been pushed lower and lower on my list of things to do. Instead of posting nothing I have chosen to post pictures, thinking that it’s better than nothing, but I really would like to share my thoughts more. This is my written proclamation that I promise to post more blogs containing both photos and text in the future.
Keep reading and enjoy.
May 13, 2011 § 1 Comment