Were you like me this weekend, losing yourself in the four-part return of the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – on Netflix? Following the banter, the loves, and the lives of mother and daughter, Lorelei and Rory Gilmore? I did, of course, follow the clothes and the fashion! Gone were the uniforms and the classics for Rory, replaced by a more sophisticated style; Lorelei’s style continued to evolve with feminine twists (I noticed a lot of pencil skirts and wrap dresses! Yet the dressing was still full of whimsy, like the women themselves).
When Alexandra Regazzoni and I first met a year ago, I told her that she had my dream job. As I see it, a costume designer is the ultimate storyteller. After today’s interview, we can all live vicariously through Alexandra, and follow her passion. It wasn’t always clear to her that she would be a costume designer. This Florida native grew up interested in many things. Her education is extensive, beginning at Florida State University, where she graduated with a BA in theater, and a BS in anthropology, with a minor in French. Alexandra became more interested in clothing, while performing and working as an aerialist in FSU’s Flying High Circus, where the performers would do their own rigging and make their own costumes. This was Alexandra’s first introduction to the world of costume design. She would go on to obtain an MFA in production design with a secondary degree in costume design from Ohio University.
Today, we return to the setting of one of Alexandra’s 9 short films she has designed: Left Bank Books. In the heart of Greenwich Village, New York City, we hear from Alexandra what it means to be a costume designer …
It seems that television’s costume designers are the new black. Well, the new influencers, that is. I was a huge Sex and The City fan, where costume designer Patricia Field’s bold fashion choices for the main characters, Carrie, Miranda, Samantha and Charlotte awakened my senses. And although I couldn’t see myself wearing everything, I was inspired to wear many things. I went through the big flower pin stage, thanks to Carrie. And I never owned a pair of Manolo Blahnik’s but I often thought of buying them! It’s hard to believe that the show ended almost ten years ago when its fashion influence is still felt around the world. Times are changing, television is moving forward and the role of the television costume designer is growing as well.
Thursday’s Style Section of The New York Times ran an interesting piece: “Costume Designers for TV Have a Big Impact on Fashion,” written by Marisa Meltzer. Continue reading
Costume designer, Alexandra, went shopping today. Her goal? Find accessories and costumes for the short film for which she is designing: Karaoke King. As a costume designer Alexandra is a storyteller and interestingly, she likes shopping for the characters but not necessarily for herself. She tells stories through costumes and accessories, never overlooking any detail. Sometimes the story is pretty, sometimes gritty and dark … and today? This story is about a former successful rocker who finds himself in a slump and singing karaoke. The clothing and the mood must be glam rock.
Because Alexandra lives and works in New York, the entire city becomes her shopping closet and she must be able to seek out the gems within the neighborhoods and the vintage shops of note; places like Goodwill in Harlem, where she can find a suit for $15, or the treasures in downtown Manhattan or Brooklyn. The turnaround time for this shopping excursion is quick; shopping today, filming over the weekend. Here is how it works: Continue reading