Why Television Costume Designers Need to be Recognized

Sonu Mishra styling on the set of the show ‘Genius’. Photo: Courtesy National Geographic

Elsa Einstein (played by Emily Watson) in ‘Genius’. Photo: Courtesy of National Geographic

Television programming is enjoying a surge of popularity, sophistication, and support of highly-visible film actors. No question. Film was always considered more glamorous and fashion designers were quick to recognize the impact of film on an audience. So, too, was costume design in film considered more glamorous, and well simply, more considered. Fashionista brought this issue to light: “By the 1930s, 75 million Americans went to the movies weekly, film becoming a primary source of fashion for many. Costume is understood to be critically important to a film’s success, and is honored as such; at the Oscars, the prestigiously singular costume design award is presented at the main ceremony. Film and the fashion industry mutually inform and benefit from each other.”

But where does leave costume designers in the television industry? Continue reading

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I’m not buying that!

P1000049 3Reported by Fashionista.com: After struggling with bankruptcy for years and finally closing its doors in February, Loehmann’s is coming back. What? Really? Apparently, Loehmann’s was given a second life when hedge fund Esopus Creek Value Series Fund LP acquired Loehmann’s name and intellectual properties in bankruptcy court. Now, Esopus has brought on brand development and advisory firm CAK Entertainment Inc to launch a new Loehmann’s in May; as on online-only retailer.

Here is where you have me. I am very pleased that they will be carrying the same brands. And I understand the importance of online shopping, especially when research shows that the younger market shops online. But then, I say, don’t call it Loehmann’s. Loehmann’s can’t be about online-only shopping!! Where are the dressing rooms? Where are the almost-naked women? Where is the camaraderie; the other women telling you to buy-that-outfit-because-it looks-so-great-on-you-and-you-will-regret-it-if-you-don’t-get-it?

Who are they kidding?! Loehmann’s is not an online-only shopping experience. And if they think we don’t remember what Loehmann’s was, I’m not buying that!

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