Which Australian films had the best design in 2015?

The 5th AACTAs have unveiled the first winners of the prestigious film and television awards at their annual luncheon, ahead of the grand gala night. Among those announced already are my favourite four awards each year: Best Costume Design and Best Production Design, for both television and feature films in 2015. Here are the winners below:   FEATURE…

An interview with costume designer Margot Wilson

Margot Wilson shares how she got her start as a costume designer, the difference between designing period or contemporary costumes, and designing Kate Winslet’s wardrobe in The Dressmaker. Following on from our previous story with Marion Boyce (who costumed the supporting cast of Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker), here now is our full interview with the film’s other Australian…

Marion Boyce: Costuming the cast of The Dressmaker

Costume designer Marion Boyce (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) shares the inspiration behind her amazing couture creations in The Dressmaker and the spectacular art of costume design. If you follow the amazing costume blog Clothes on Film you might have seen the article I contributed this week titled “Costuming The Dressmaker”. It included excerpts from my interviews with the…

The style evolution of Rachel Zane

The ombre silk Burberry blouse, the tan Celine bag, and all those glorious pencil skirts… here’s my round-up of the best new Rachel Zane outfits on Suits. Whoa. I can’t believe we have reached the mid-season finale of Suits already. I’m loving all the flashbacks in everyone’s storyline and, as per usual, I am beyond obsessed with everyone’s fashion. This means it…

The fashion of Fatal Attraction

Why Glenn Close’s 1980s monochrome still thrills. Glenn Close has a thing about movie memorabilia. The six time Oscar nominated actress not only collects props from films she’s made, but incredibly, is often allowed to keep some of her costumes too. Case in point: the signature black leather wrap coat with oversized shoulder pads she wore as the…

100 Women In Film: An interview with Gillian Armstrong

Here, revered Australian film director Gillian Armstrong talks about being amongst the “chosen few” at film school; her amazement at learning of unsung Australian cinema hero Orry-Kelly; and the importance of costume design on any director’s work. Gillian Armstrong is talking about her dislike for documentaries. It’s not, er, entirely what I was expecting, given that she…