Monica D. MurgiaArt, creativity, and fashion
There is a great video that illustrates the difference between fantasy and historically accurate costuming. Character development in film and animation is largely controlled by garments. Illustrators and costumers are faced with a challenge of making the character believable and accurate, while still appealing to modern tastes and fashions. Reconciling historical and modern tastes can be a challenge. This is largely due to the fact that ideal beauty changes over the course of time. (New to my site? You should view my previous posts, Movies, Beauty, & Ideal Beauty and A Return to the Ideal.) The video shows Disney characters alongside with what their actual everyday garments would have been. I think each of these looks is great, although I prefer the historically correct versions better. Enjoy!
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything. – Alan Watts
“The dress was a bridesmaid dress from my mother’s wedding 1948. She was one of NYC’s top models and Hollywood starlet so she had a big wedding…plus she married someone from a very aristocratic family. Also her wedding dress is in our storage unit and last time I say it a couple years ago , it was in perfect condition but in a box so it’s crinkled…it may be by Castillo also or maybe Dior since she modeled wedding dresses for Dior.”“I attached photos of my mother ….one of her in her wedding dress! She had thousands of clothes and we had a huge sale in NYC in 2009…her name was Frances Ward when she was a Power’s model in the 40’s and 50’s. She started modeling at age 15.”
“Wedding Bells Chime – sweet harmony as Frances Louise Ward weds piano-heir Charles Kohler White in St. Aloysius Church, Great Neck, Long Island. Charles beams with pride – Frances looks luscious. Her cream-smooth complexion? A, that’s Woodbury’s beauty trick. ‘It’s been a daze’ chuckles Charles, ‘since Frances danced into my life!’ Courtship kept him hopping. Yale! New York! Carolina plantation!”
Many thanks go Susan for sharing these great images of her mother. She is currently working on conserving the Castillo dress and will provide some photos when she is finished. If you have any additional information on Frances Louise Ward, please leave a comment.
“The flow of life . . . you are going along with it whether you want to or not. Like people in a stream, you can swim against it. But you’ll still be moved along by it, and all you’ll do is wear yourself out in futility. But if you swim with the stream, the whole strength of the stream is yours. Of course, the difficulty so many of us have is finding out which way the stream is going.” – Alan Watts
And they asked, “How do you get to the paradise land?” He said: “It will not come by waiting for it. It will not be a matter of saying ‘here it is ‘or ‘there it is’. Rather, the paradise land is spread out upon the earth and you do not see it. What you seek is inside of you as much as it is outside of you.” Gospel of Thomas