Like no other article of clothing, the hat is an embodiment of its wearer. It has functioned historically as a social signifier, revealing characteristics as diverse as class, occupation, and personal style.
There was a handful of women so far ahead of the times that fashion didn’t catch up to them for fifty years. What ground breaking diva wore the man’s tailcoat first? Was it Josephine Baker, Louise Brooks, or Marlene Dietrich? No matter who wore it first, or who wore it best, it was costume designer Travis Banton, Dietrich and Swarovski crystals that minted an icon.
In a 1995 interview with Wired magazine, Steve Jobs likened creativity to a game of connect-the-dots, with truly innovative design happening when the dots are culled from the far, the wide, and the unexpected.
The passing of Costume Designer Theadora Van Runkle prompted an avalanche of tributes recognizing her significant contributions…
“Never work with animals or children.” W.C. Fields’ advice wasn’t just part of his grumpy persona, he knew audiences gravitate to the adorable actors. Not only can they steal every scene, their nature is in a word—unpredictable.
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