Just discovered a contest being run by The Midnight Palace, a fun and very informative website about the golden era of classic movies. They're giving away sets of three famous film classics, Roman Holiday, Sunset Boulevard and Sabrina, all being released in two disc special editions as part of Paramount's Centennial Collection.
The contest ends on December 4. You need to answer the question "Which classic actress was known as the "Queen of tap dancing?" They will choose three winners at random from all the correct submissions and each winner gets all three movies! For more information go here
Midnight Palace is for lovers of classic Hollywood. Full of reviews, articles and interviews covering the movie industry from 1900-1955. There's even an online course in "film noir" and a forum for like minded enthusiasts of all things classic, whether it be film, radio, tv or fashion.
This website should have a warning label on the home page, as it's very addictive!
Mat Tyrnauer's documentary, on Valentino Garavani, the last of the great couturiers, kicked off its US premiere this week at the opening of the 16th Hampton's Film Festival.
Described as "an intimate, engaging, and humorous exploration of one of Italy's most
extravagant icons. The film, shot in cinéma-vérité, documents the
dramatic, very colorful culmination of Valentino's celebrated career,
tells the story of his extraordinary life and work, and also explores
the larger themes affecting the business of fashion today. At the heart
of the film is the unique relationship between Valentino and his
business partner and companion of 50 years, Giancarlo Giammetti."
Visit here to read more about this fascinating look into the famous designer's world of luxury and haute couture. Plus keep updated for a screening in a city near you! Next showing is at the Chicago Film Festival on October 23.
Valentino retired this year after an illustrious career in the fashion industry that began with studies in Paris and apprenticeships with Jean Desses and Guy Laroche. His evening wear is noted for its elegance and opulence, inspired by the glamourous gowns worn by Hollywood stars of the 30's and 40's.
He has dressed some of the world's most famous women, including Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Margaret, Jackie Kennedy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts and Halle Berry, to name just a few.
Picked up the latest issue of Vogue while on the road for my summer buying trip. So I settled down in my hotel room anxious to peruse the spread of Nicole Kidman in Catherine Martin’s exquiste costumes designed for her latest film, Australia. And I was not disappointed. It’s a magical combination of Annie Leibovitz photography and the beautiful Nicole wearing outfits by the woman who also designed the amazing costumes for “Moulin Rouge”.
The movie takes place in Australia in the 1940’s and involves a love affair between an aristocratic Englishwoman, played by Nicole, and the rugged, hunky Hugh Jackman. I’ve included a clip below on the costume design for the film, where you get a chance to admire his tighfitting moleskins. Lord have mercy! The movie’s worth going to just to see him.
Anyway, onto the Vogue spread. Here’s the cover shot. This gown has already been recreated and is being sold at Bergdorf Goodman for $9800.00. Salvatore Ferragamo has also recreated a line of vintage style shoes from the movie.
I absolutely adore these costumes. Ms.Martin’s designs captured Lady Sarah Ashley’s character so well. Even the safari outfit is ladylike and classy.
Couldn’t resist adding this one. As if it wasn’t hot enough in the Australian outback already!