For the second year,
Film & TV Costume Design Students participated in the Lacoste display at the Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton on February 22nd and the Symposium of Costume Designers on February 23rd. The students were challenged with designing a contemporary tuxedo shirt for an iconic movie character. Below are the students' descriptions and inspirations for their designs.
Loaren McFarland: My tuxedo shirt takes inspiration from the dark and scary family man known as Don Vito Corleone from The Godfather. With a modern twist, he shows off his money making ability by dressing in the finest of treasures. Gold, diamonds, and the finest of silks do not even scratch the surface of the power he holds over many.
Lena Lollis: While designing the updated Mademoiselle Amy Jolly from the film Morocco for Lacoste, I focused on the essence of the character: a woman who is daring, seductive, and doesn’t bother herself with the opinion of others. Her confidence is exuded in her tuxedo shirt using sheer and opaque fabrics to reveal – but not too much.
Julia Laftsidis: The iconic film character I chose was Ren McCormack (played by Kevin Bacon) from the popular 1980s movie, Footloose. When thinking of who Ren would be today in the 21st century, I landed upon the idea of making him into a male exotic dancer. His late night persona is a bad boy who comes on stage as your rock n’ roll fantasy prom date. “Ren Sensation” leaves you with thinking that life really is a beautiful sport.
Alexandra Serna: My Lacoste design for Louis de Pointe du Lac from Interview with The Vampire, is a reimagined take on Louis’ nostalgic, yet classic, 1780 vampire character. The wine and blood he so somberly drinks is displayed metaphorically across his blouse through the vintage detail and contrasted color scheme. Even in today’s world, Louis cannot simply hide his character, for he proudly displays the bites he’s taken along his journey through the centuries.
Brionna M. Rowe: In 1988, Prince Akeem from Coming to America was a humble African prince who travels to America looking for love. Today he is still a hopeless romantic but he has become proud in his fashion sense. The 21st century is all about acceptance of culture and owning who you are and he has taken on that mindset. To showcase this, I infused African themes with traditional tuxedo shirt designs and incorporated traditional African basket weave in the bib, as opposed to pleats or ruffles. I think any American girl would fall for him in this tuxedo shirt, though I may be biased.
Didda Scheving: Redesigning a shirt for a memorable character in the 1980s, who is also musically inspired was an obvious choice for me. I chose to construct a tuxedo shirt from a Lacoste polo for Duckie Dale from Pretty in Pink. Duckie’s style is influenced by his musical idols, rockabilly, as well as his own creativity.
: The Great Gatsby was my favorite book growing up because of the romantic sentimentalist, Jay Gatsby. The modern day Gatsby is a billionaire underground drug dealer who has gained his fortune by participating in fraudulent activities. Gatsby is new money, thus his wardrobe is flashy and fashionable. The tuxedo shirt I designed for him is luxurious, reflecting his lavish Hamptons lifestyle. I showcased his life lived in excess by using custom embroidery, gold piping and imported Indian silk. Student Life
For the second year, Film & TV Costume Design Students participated in the Lacoste display at the Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton on February 22nd and the...