Gender-Bending Fashion of The Danish Girl

By Nandini Khetan | Sep. 07, 2020 Back in the 1920s, as the world moved forward from WW1 towards a liberated and revolutionary society, artist Lili Elbe’s (transgender women and among the first few known recipients of sex reassignment surgery) portraits by Gerda Wegener and her sartorial elegance attracted serious attention making her an icon […]

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Dressed To Help Or Kill? – Mental Health Professionals Seen Through Costume

Costumes embody the psychological, social and emotional condition of the character at a particular moment in the script. It is impossible to design for the actor unless the designer knows who the character is. Yvonne Blake A costume designer has to fulfill many duties during the designing process of any production, but the most important […]

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The Beguiled (2017): Costume Review

By Nandini Khetan | Aug 18, 2020 Set in the American Civil War, The Beguiled (2017) revolves around the life of women in a Southern boarding school as they provide refuge and tend to the wounds of a Union Soldier found in the woods. As captivating as the tale sounds the visual depiction is equally […]

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Jacqueline Durran – Costume Design Oscar Winner

Congratulations to this years Oscar Winner in the Costume Design category for Little Women – Jacqueline Durran ! Jacqueline’s costume design work for Little Women was truly remarkable. Little Women is a perfect exhibition of period costume design. In true Durran style, the costumes felt obviously special to the characters of this film. Each character […]

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The Oscars 2020 – Best Dressed

Hello everyone and welcome to yet another Oscars edition of “A Haute Second with Spencer” ! Ah yes, I can’t believe we are here. Now for those of you who don’t know, the Oscars red carpet is THE red carpet. It’s Hollywood’s biggest night! As always, I have put together a list of my picks […]

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The 28th “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” Exhibition

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages) Hello friends! Oscars® season is here so you know what that means…We are heading back to The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for the 28th Annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition. This year the FIDM Museum is featuring 30 different films- including works by all five costume designers nominated for the Academy […]

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and the Costume Design of Arianne Phillips

If at this point you have not seen Quentin Tarantino’s 9th film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, you are a making some questionable life decisions and I am seriously judging you right now. I walked out of this film feeling such an immense amount of happiness, and all I can really think about is […]

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The 27th “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” Exhibition

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages) Hello friends! I am so excited to share with you another museum exhibition where you can experience first-hand, the beauty of fashion and costume design. This time, we are heading back to The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for the 27th Annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition. This […]

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Diamond in a Rhinestone World: The Costumes of Dolly Parton

The Grammy Museum is “a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music”. Last week, I was invited to the Downtown Los Angeles Grammy Museum for a super special, sneak peek of their fabulous new exhibition. When I heard about this new exhibition, I literally felt like it […]

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