“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” spans eight decades and depicts a spectrum of characters that could make any costume designer’s head spin: from a rural African-American field worker (portrayed by Mariah Carey) to a boozy-yet-stylish ’50s lady (Oprah Winfrey — whose character traverses all of the film’s decades as the wife of longtime White House butler Cecil Gaines) to iconic first ladies including Nancy Reagan (Jane Fonda) and Jacqueline Kennedy (Minka Kelly).
From Fonda to Reagan
In the film, 75-year-old Fonda is in close replicas to the real clothing of ’80s-era Nancy Reagan. “She loved red,” Ruth Carter, costume designer for “The Butler,” told Yahoo! Movies of Reagan. “A very vibrant tomato red — coined as ‘Reagan Red,’” said Carter, who mimicked the designs of Reagan’s favorite designers, including Bill Blass. Carter even replicated a gown Reagan wore to a state dinner.
It’s not only the clothes, but Fonda’s hair — which was coincidentally already in the right cut to play Reagan — and her makeup transformed the Oscar winner into a convincing facsimile of the former first lady.
But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any drama in assuming the role. Fonda managed to avoid a wardrobe catastrophe, Carter recalled, on her first day of filming: one of Fonda’s costumes went missing — and she was only scheduled to shoot for a few short days. “I was walking on pins and needles.” But Fonda made it work, swapping a costume intended for another scene while she waited for the missing outfit to arrive (and it did, as a frantic Carter actually flew it in). Close call.
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Minka Kelly brings a Jackie Kennedy outfit to life in ‘The Butler’ (The Weinstein Company)
For Minka Kelly to pull it off as the stylish Mrs. Kennedy, Carter knew she had to pay attention to detail. “My main focus was to make sure the pink Chanel suit she wears when the [JFK] assassination happens is perfect,” said the costume designer. “Of course we want Jackie Kennedy’s look to be as iconic as it was in real life.” Read more: Costume: Actresses Jane Fonda & Minka Kelly Transform Into American Icons for ‘The Butler’
STYLE MEDIA INVADES MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK WITH WEEKLONG MARATHON OF FASHION INSPIRED PROGRAMMING AND ON-THE-GROUND COVERAGE SEPTEMBER 6-14 – Beginning Monday, September 10 at 8pm ET/PT, Style Expert Jeannie Mai and Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi Reprise Their Roles as Hosts to Provide Daily Updates. Fashion Extravaganza to Culminate with Exclusive Airing of The 2012 Style Awards on Friday, September 14 at 8pm ET/PT
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British Fashion Council is looking for their first nationwide emerging filmmaker talent, as part of their Fash/On Film initiative sponsored by River Island, inviting up-and-coming directors to submit film ideas in response to a brief set by leading British designer Emilio de la Morena in conjunction with British Fashion Council Fash/On Film. The winning filmmaker fashion film will showcase Emilio’s pre-spring 2013 collection. One filmmaker will be selected to receive professional support and mentoring through the production process, offering a unique opportunity to gain insight into and experience of the fashion film industry. This film will be shown at London Fashion Week September 2012, creating a prestigious launch pad into the fashion film industry and the British Fashion Council.
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Like the Golden Globes last week, Hollywood turned out yesterday at the Shrine Auditorium for the SAG (-ing) awards ceremonies. Everyone present brought some glamour while gearing up for the big one, The Academy Awards. On the Red Carpet, the arrivals witnessed some extraordinary SAG Fashions and some SAG-eek fashions. Let’s just wait to find out today, which one of our girls made the worst dressed list, DARN. Of course there was the lovely Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt (couple of the Year), Diane Lane, Emily Blunt, Emilia Clarke, Diane Kruger, Emilia Clarke, Jessica Chastain, Natalie Portman, Kate Winslet, Katy Perry, Kaley Cuoco, Kyra Sedgwick, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Jessica Lange, Viola Davis (Lead Role winner), Octavia Spencer, Jullianna Marguilles, Julie Bowen and the list goes on and on. We saw a Dresses from Badgley Mischka, Zac Posen, Ralph Lauren, Carolina Herrera, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Elie Saab, some a red Valentino gown, Versace, Tom Ford and others. The Men weren’t looking too shabby either. Christopher Plummer, Guy Pearce, George Clooney, Stephen Colbert and a few others kinda stood out. So. Let’s us all sit back and wait for the usual media thrashing of the celebs. It’s always good for a few laughs. Don’t feel bad guys, one day we’ll get our chance at thrashing them as well, after all, there just a bunch of wannabees anyway. It’s just a matter of time before someone comes up with that list. Congratulations to the winners of awards season, 2012.. – - follow more ©My Dress.My High Heels.My Style
Complex Mag has officially announced their 25 Most Stylish Celebs of the year, surprisingly one of my fave rappers Kid Cudi has made the list. Woot woot! But along with Cudder himself, many other artist and actors have made the list as well, such as Kanye, Ryan Gosling, Childish Gambino, and many others. Check it out! – - Read more
It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 20th anniversary of Divine Design, the annual gala fundraiser and six-day shopping extravaganza with proceeds benefiting Project Angel Food. Serving all of Los Angeles County, Project Angel Food is dedicated to delivering nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. In 2010, Project Angel Food cooked and delivered more than 735,000 meals. Left photo: Viola Davis at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards on Nov. 12. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Center photo: Patricia Field at King of Joseon in New York — A Night of Celebrity, Korean Couture and Cuisine at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Oct. 3. Credit: Andy Kropa / Getty Images Right photo: Thomas Keller. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times
For information and tickets, go to the Divine Design website – story by Booth Moore