The Power of a Good Uniform

14702247_10157551247040237_615372889285967966_n14681676_10157551246095237_2562015744615888363_nI14724481_10157551246970237_1380062700633932690_n In 2018 Delta Airlines will rollout new uniforms designed by Zac Posen – with the striking colors – plum, thistle and cardinal – that will bring back some of the glamour of days gone by. Posen said he wanted to do it for a variety of reasons, and was inspired by his love of travel and his belief in the power of a good uniform. The company and its employees wanted a change and Posen was the one to provide it: “These are people who have multiple tasks to do in their jobs. It takes great mental and physical concentration to do those tasks, and to be poised at the same time.” Says Posen, “How you dress helps heighten your performance.”

Delta Airlines’ very first uniforms were designed by Paramount Picture’s chief designer and Academy Award winner, Edith Head, in 1959. Later, in 2006, Richard Tyler designed the current styles, which Posen will replace. Posen heard feedback from 20,000 employees and designed with durability in mind. Not to mention style. Of their feedback that the old uniforms were too frumpy, Posen worked to make the lines of the new ones elegant and modern: “Making all bodies look beautiful is really key,” he said.

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A Fashion Trio for the Ages: Hepburn, Givenchy, and Sabrina

Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, wearing Hubert de Givenchy creation: photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Audrey Hepburn as Sabrina, wearing Hubert de Givenchy creation: photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Last night TCM aired one of my all-time favorite Audrey Hepburn movies, 1954’s Sabrina. Sabrina tells the tale of a chauffeur’s daughter who pines over the handsome playboy son of the wealthy, Long Island family for whom her father works. After her father ships her off to Paris to attend cooking school and kick her crush, Sabrina returns two years later sporting a complete makeover, including a new haircut and Parisian style. When Sabrina accepts an invitation to a fancy dance from her former crush, she promises to wear “a lovely evening dress with yards of skirt and way off the shoulders.” And so enters Sabrina, as the belle of the ball, in the strapless, iconic Hubert de Givenchy dress that would launch the french designer and one of the greatest collaborations in film and fashion history: Hepburn and Givenchy. And here, the story behind the story gets more interesting … Continue reading

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Television’s secret weapons

 The costume designer Janie Bryant, of "Mad Men," with ads for her line for Hearts on Fire Diamonds and from Banana Republic's "Mad Men" spring 2013 campaign.


The costume designer Janie Bryant, of “Mad Men,” with ads for her line for Hearts on Fire Diamonds and from Banana Republic’s “Mad Men” spring 2013 campaign.                                       Photo Credit: Casey Kelbaugh for The New York Times

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

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