Dietrich and the Tuxedo

By Emily Patterson The re-appearance of the tuxedo on the catwalk this fall instantly sent images of a young Marlene Dietrich in Morocco (1930) to my mind. In her debut film role, Dietrich stood on stage, a magnificent androgynous sexually charged female, dressed in long black pipe trousers, a white shirt, and smoking jacket, and … Continue reading

Capturing Beautiful Clothes and the Beauty of Life in Bill Cunningham New York

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For decades, Bill Cunningham has chronicled New York street style and the sartorial feats of soirée attendees for the New York Times. Now, the man on the Schwinn bicycle is the subject of a documentary aptly titled, Bill Cunningham New York, an endearing portrait of the creative mind behind the famous, “On the Street”, and … Continue reading

Sartorial Prowess and Journalistic Faux Pas in Absence of Malice

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In Absence of Malice,  Sally Field is Megan Carter, a reporter who makes mistakes—many mistakes. When a federal prosecutor, desperate for leads in an ongoing investigation into the disappearance of a local union leader, conveniently leaves the case file on his desk, she reads it, and subsequently writes a story about the alleged suspect, Michael … Continue reading

A Lesson in Cool From Paris Blues

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What is cool? Cool is often hard to describe.  The term cool is subjective. It is relative. It’s indefinable, really, and the kind of thing that you only recognize once you see it or experience it for yourself. Some things are automatically branded cool.  Sometimes, cool is about excess. Other times, cool is restraint. Adding … Continue reading

A Single Man: A Glossy in Motion?

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Place a seasoned fashion designer behind the lens and what do you get? A Single Man. Designer turned film director Tom Ford is behind this cinematic offering. The film, which he financed himself, is the screen adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s novel of the same name. A Single Man (2009) tells the story of George Falconer … Continue reading

Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Hitchcockian Chic

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In my last year of university, I enrolled in a seminar, the subject of which was the work of esteemed film director Alfred Hitchcock. Sitting among self-proclaimed film buffs, all I had for reference was that famous profile sketch of the director, which filled the TV screen before each episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and that infamous shower … Continue reading