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I’ve seen a lot of people complaining about Fantastic Beasts winning an Academy Award when none of the Harry Potter films ever did. And to that I say, “Really?”

We’re specifically talking about an Academy Award for Costume Design. For the most part, the HP films left the characters in their student robes. Simple and efficient, but nothing to really write home about. You have a couple exceptions of great costumes (The Yule Ball costumes, Dumbledore & McGonagall’s robes, etc), but for the most part we had student robes for 7 movies, and whole bunch of clothes off the rack from the Gap.

On the other hand, Fantastic Beasts is a 1920′s period piece with THOUSANDS of extras that all had to be outfitted in period appropriate wear). In an interview recently she talked about the usual rental studios not having enough 20′s apparel for their needs so she sent people scouring the globe to collect them. In addition to that, you have the gorgeous work on things like Graves’ coat, Picquery’s Phoenix dress and headdress, and Queenie’s coat, that was hand woven out of 30,000 feet of silk thread.

AND THEN THERE’S THE INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF WIZARDS SCENE, WHICH DESERVED THE OSCAR ALL ON ITS OWN

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La La Land (2016)

Directed by Damien Chazelle

Cinematography by Linus Sandgren

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Blade Runner (1982)

Directed by Ridley Scott

Cinematography by Jordan Cronenweth

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

Directed by David Yates

Cinematography by Philippe Rousselot

'Fantastic Beasts' Sequel Rounds Out Cast, Major Plot Details Revealed

The as-yet-untitled follow-up has started shooting in the U.K., with Jude Law among the new additions to the wizarding world.

Principal photography has now started on the as-yet-untitled sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first Harry Potter spinoff that grossed some $814 million for Warner Bros. last year.

And alongside the chief returnees of Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander and Johnny Depp as the dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, a host of additions have been made to the expanding wizarding world.

As previously announced, Jude Law has joined the cast as a young Albus Dumbledore, alongside Ezra Miller as Credence, Zoe Kravitz as Leta Lestrange, glimpsed in a moving photo as a woman from Newt’s past in the first, and Callum Turner as Theseus Scamander, Newt’s brother, a war hero and Auror.

Other names appearing include Claudia Kim (The Dark Tower, Avengers: Age of Ultron), a young woman introduced as an attraction at a wizarding circus, William Nadylam as a wizard named Yusuf Kama, Ingvar Sigurdsson as a bounty hunter, Olafur Darri Olafsson as Skender, who runs the circus, and Kevin Guthrie as Abernathy, the boss of the Magical Congress of the USA.

The screenplay — again written by J.K. Rowling after her debut in the first film — opens in 1927, a few months after Scamander helped to unveil and capture the infamous Grindelwald. However, the dark wizard was true to his word and escaped, gathering more followers to his cause. This time, it’s down to his former friend Albus Dumbledore to stop him, but with the help of former student Scamander.

The second in the five-part Fantastic Beasts series, being directed again by David Yates, is set to move the magic from New York to London and Paris, with some “surprising nods” to the Harry Potter films.

David Heyman, Rowling, Steve Kloves and Lionel Wigram are producing the film, with Tim Lewis, Neil Blair, Rick Senat and Danny Cohen serving as executive producers. The creative teams are led by Oscar-winning director of photography Philippe Rousselot, three-time Oscar-winning production designer Stuart Craig, three-time BAFTA Award-winning editor Mark Day, four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor Tim Burke, and Oscar-nominated visual effects supervisor Christian Manz.

The film is being shot at Warner Bros.’ Studios Leavesden in the U.K., home of all the Harry Potter films so far, and is slated for release on Nov. 16, 2018.

(www.hollywoodreporter.com)

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Rogue One (2016)

Directed by Gareth Edwards

Cinematography by Greig Fraser

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One of our strongest (and certainly most beautiful) collecting areas focuses on costume design, specifically for Broadway and for the various Paris music halls.  

The heart of our costume design collections are the papers of Freddy Wittop (b.1911- d.2001).  Wittop designed for many venues, including the Folies Bergère.  Our collections of Wittop’s designs include not only an extensive holding of his original design artwork, but also his sketchbooks and slides of designs and productions, research material, awards, playbills, and genuine costumes from several of Wittop’s productions.

Beyond the Wittop materials, our extensive Paris Music Hall collection encompasses over 6,000 original renderings of costume designs and 1,000 original renderings of curtain designs from the fabulous music halls of Paris from the first decades of the 20th century.  Included in this collection are original designs from such eminent designers such as Erté, Serge Kojan, Alex Shanks, José Zamora, and Zig, as well as more materials from Freddy Wittop.

Both the Freddy Wittop collection (MS2727) and the Paris Music Hall collection (MS714) are open for research and study.  The designs featured with this post are both from the Freddy Wittop collection.

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“SMART IDEAS ARE FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN SMART TECHNOLOGY”

Max Lamb, product and furniture designer (mentor for the Lexus Design Award 2016)

Max Lamb is a product and furniture designer who explores both traditional and unconventional materials and processes at his workshop-based design practice. His extensive knowledge of manufacturing techniques stems from his childhood in Cornwall, England, where he engaged with various materials in the physical landscape. Currently Lamb teaches at the Royal College of Art in London and holds regular design workshops around the world.

Pictured Works
> Planks shelving (top); peg-and-hole adjustment system for Planks shelving (left bottom)

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And here’s the video version… 

The Oscars introduction for the Production Design category last Sunday.

These clips were directed & Designed by Henry Hobson with Elastic.

Congratulations to Wes Anderson & everyone who worked on The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Wes has had an enormous influence on my creative life. 

(Shoutout to the Yankee Racers forum!)