March 2016

Harlem Nights | Academy Feathers

by Cristina Muñoz Brown on March 30, 2016

in COSTUME,FASHION,FEATHER TRENDS,STAGE & SCREEN

Harlem Nights’ Joe I. Tompkins was nominated for an Academy Award for best costume design and we can see why just by looking at this movie still of the lovely Jasmine Guy as Dominique La Rue. Of course we love the Ostrich Feather details used throughout the whole film! And while the movie is now a cult classic, the costume design is more than enough reason to watch and the Academy agreed!

Harlem Nights | Academy Feathers

“I originally thought we should shoot in black-and-white, but after researching, I decided to make black skin tones the most essential color in the film and use a limited palette. That would set off and highlight the beautiful skin tones of our cast, which was mostly black. I didn’t know what Eddie and Larry Paull and Joe Tompkins would think about this, so I created a color chart to demonstrate my idea. After seeing it, they supported the idea, and it became the basis for the look of the entire picture. In that environment, a few very strong color accents seemed to jump off the screen, but most importantly, the skin tones of the actors dominated each scene.” – Woody Omens, the film’s cinematographer

Harlem Nights | Academy Feathers

Get the look with our Champagne or Dusty Rose Ostrich Feather Boas and Black Ostrich Plumes or Floss.

Harlem Nights | Academy Feathers

The National Gallery of Victoria fashion retrospective will be bringing together more than 120 designs including this luxurious Couture Restoration of a 1960’s blue Ostrich feathered Gown. Take an in depth look at the process needed to restore this gown to it’s original glory.

Couture Restoration of an Ostrich feathered Gown

The conservation team has worked on the dress for more than 100 hours.

“With this gown in particular a lot of the feathers were missing from the hip line and the hem,” said Bronwyn Cosgrove, the NGV’s senior conservator of textiles.

“I’d say it was probably about 90 per cent complete. Some original feathers were still present but had come apart or had come away from the under dress and that’s just a matter of securing those back in place and looking for original anchoring points through stitch marks and things like that.”

One of the main challenges the conservation team faced was finding the right shades of blue needed to restore the dress to its original glory. – http://www.abc.net.au/ 

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