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Eye On Design: Louis Vuitton Bags from The Darjeeling Limited

LV Bags Installation View
All Photos By Gail

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To travel in classical style across India requires an elegant vehicle and suitable luggage. That thought was clear to the celebrated film director Wes Anderson, when planning the props for his new film The Darjeeling Limited.

President Suitcase
President Suitcase

Together with Marc Jacobs, the Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton, Anderson studied firm archives and historical luggage to come up with the design for an authentic calf-leather suitcases which play a role in the action.

Small Suitcase 2

Nil Bag
Nil Bag

The Darjeeling Limited tells the story of three brothers who have drifted apart since the death of their father. They set out on a train journey, on the Darjeeling Limited, to tour the Indian sub-continent. They take with them the suitcases which belonged to their father. Decorated with his initials, J.L.W., and a series of tropical motifs – giraffe, rhinoceros, antelope and palm tree – and constructed from Nomade natural leather, the luggage is perhaps a metaphor for the brothers’ emotional baggage.

2 LV Suitcases

The individual items of luggage became uniquely valuable collectibles after the conclusion of the film, and were indeed auctioned – with the proceeds going to the Rawal Mallinathji Foundation (RMF). As well as the luggage set, Marc Jacobs of Louis Vuitton was also responsible for the suits of the three brothers and the memorable blue leather shoes.

Nil Bag

Photographed as part of the Exhibit Louis Vuitton: Volez, Voguez, Voyagez, in NYC, Which Runs Through January 7th, 2018. Curated by Olivier Saillard, the exhibition retraces the adventure of the House of Louis Vuitton from 1854 to the present. A story told through the portraits of its founders, as well as those who today are inventing the Louis Vuitton of tomorrow.

2 LV Suitcases

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Photos From Star Wars and the Power of the Costume Exhibition at Discovery Times Square!

Exhibition Marquee
All Photos By Gail Except Where Noted (Click on Any Image to Enlarge for Detail)

Hey what’s up? Today we are having our first official snowfall here in NYC, and it is lovely, but mostly it makes you start pondering how are we going to get through the winter months, and still have fun, without leaving the house. If you are looking for ideas of fun outings you can take in the borough of Manhattan that involve indoor activities, and which are all pretty close to public transportation (i.e. limiting required outside time) then you should plan to head over to the Discovery Center in Times Square for the Star Wars and the Power of the Costume Exhibition, which is just outstanding.

Dressing the Galaxy
Each Section of the Exhibit Leads With a Poster Like This, Which Indicates the Theme of the Costumes You Are About to See

Perhaps you are thinking that you have not seen all of the Star Wars films, and won’t have fun because you don’t know all of the specific minutia of the backstory for each character that wore a particular costume, so I am here to tell you that it does not matter. All you need is a loose grasp of the franchise and the names of a few main characters and you’ll be good to go, because there is such clear and compelling narrative that follows each display. I learned so much and was so intrigued that it made me want go back and see the films I haven’t seen yet. Even the ones everyone whines about.

Let’s get to the costumes!

Jedi Robe and Padme Outfit
Jedi Robe of Anikan Skywalker and Gown of Queen Padme Amidala from Episode 1: The Phantom Menace (Photo Credit: Geoffrey Dicker)

George Quote

The exhibit galleries are scattered with quotes like the one above, from Director George Lucas, and others who worked on the costumes, which add a new dimension of understanding to what “The Power of the Costume” means.

Jedi Robes

The Jedi Vs Sith Gallery has interactive features and also the best lighting of any gallery, which is helpful, because flash photography is not allowed.

Sith Lords

Darth Maul, what badass.

George Quote 2

Luke and Anakin

Robe worn by adult Luke Skywalker next to child costume of the young Anakin Skywalker, the future Darth Vader. Heavy.

Droid Design

The Droids have one small gallery.

C3P0 Sketch
Early Sketch for C-3P0, Which was Modeled on the Robot in Fritz Lang’s Silent Film, Metropolis

Three Droids
C-3PO, BB-8 and R2-D2

Royalty and Beyond

Princess Leia Vs Amidala Pre-Senate
Princess Leia Robe, and Padme Amidala Pre-Senate Robe, Which was Modeled After the Japanese Kimono

Queens Handmaidens
The Entourage!

The Phantom Menace costumes were inspired by the art of the Pre-Raphaelites — 19th Century English painters – who had particular visions of heroines and female beauty. The use of rich color influenced the fashions of Padme’s handmaidens and the citizens of Naboo.

Handmaiden Gown Detail

The Yellow Throne Room Costume (above) included a hood, constructed to extend out and create deep shadows, used to hide the faces of the handmaidens and give them a sense of mystery. This also enabled Padme to travel in disguise as one of the group.

Costumer Quote 1

The elaborate costumes of the first three episodes generally serve to emphasize the point that, once The Empire falls to The Dark Side, fashion goes out the window.

Symbolism and Military Power

Droid and Uniforms

Imperial Navy Uniform
Imperial Navy Uniform
The Stormtrooper

Few costume designs in the history of film are as iconic as the Imperial Stormtroopers. This “Spooky White Space Armour” was inspired by designer Ralph McQuarrie’s knowledge of medieval armor.

Room of Stormtrooper Helmets

This is a mirrored room filled with suspended Stormtrooper Helmets. Very cool and super hard to photograph!

Assorted Light Sabers
Assorted Light Sabers

Senator Amidala, Chancellors Office Gown
Senator Amidala, Chancellor’s Office Gown

Emperor Palpatine
Robe of Emperor Palpatine

There is a deeply fascinating backstory on the de-volution of Senator/Emperor Palpatine that accompanies several of the costumes worn by actor Ian McDiarmid.

Outlaws and Outsiders

Jango and Boba Fett
Costumes of Jango and Boba Fett

Tusken Raider Female and Male Costumes
Tusken Raider Female and Male Costumes

Princess Leia Boushh Bounty Hunter and Slave Bikini
Princess Leia Boushh Bounty Hunter and Slave Bikini

Truth: the famous Leia Slave Bikini looks very jenky up-close. I can’t even imagine how uncomfortable it was to wear (look out for Carrie Fisher’s hilarious quotes to that effect, somewhere in the display narrative).

Chewy and Han Solo
Chewbacca the Wookie, and Han Solo

Padme's Journey

There is no argument that actress Natalie Portman got to wear the best costumes of any character. Padme Amidala’s clothes are simply stunning.

Padme's Outfits

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Padme Tatooine Homestead Dress

Padme Meadow Picnic Dress
Padme Meadow Picnic Dress

Padme Twilight Nightgown
Padme Twilight Nightgown

This the costume Padme is wearing when the audience first sees that she is pregnant with Luke and Leia.

Padme Lake Retreat Arrival Dress
Padme Lake Retreat Arrival Dress

Padme Geonosis Arena Costume and Naboo Starfighter Pilot
Padme Geonosis Arena Costume, and Naboo Starfighter Pilot Costume

Anakin and Padme Wedding Scene
Anakin and Padme Wedding Scene

Padme's Funeral Gown
Padme’s Funeral Gown

Darth Vader

There is no question that Padme Amidala stole Darth Vader’s thunder in the costume department, but as we all know, he got the last laugh.

Darth Vader Costume
Darth Vader Costume

Geoffrey and I visited the exhibition at 6 PM on a Saturday, when attendance was sparse  (read: it’s a good time to go, as the exhibit is open on Saturdays until 9:00 PM).  A highlight of our time there was when we overheard one of the exhibit attendants excitedly tell another attendant that a guest was “on her knees, fully worshiping the Darth Vader Costume.” Hilarious.

Darth Shadows
Darth Shadows– HAHA!

The Force Awakens

The final gallery of the exhibition is dedicated the latest episode in the franchise, The Force Awakens, which I saw over the Christmas holidays, and just loved.

Stormtrooper Costumes
First Order Stormtrooper, First Order Tie Fighter Pilot, First Order Snowtrooper Costumes

Costumes Worn By Finn, Ray and Poe
Costumes Worn By Finn, Ray and Poe

Exit Through The Gift Shop

After having all kinds of crazy fun, it was time to Exit Through the Gift Shop and ogle the vast bounty of Star Wars swag available for purchase!

Boba Time T Shirt
A Little Boba Time T Shirt

I Woke Up Like This
“I Woke Up Like This” Darth Vader T Shirt

If only this shirt had come with long sleeves, they would have made an easy sale.

Backpacks and Lunch Sack
Backpacks and Lunch Sacks For The Kids!

Darth Vader Bobble Head
Darth Vader Bobble Head

Character Cardboard Stand Ups

And for the truly lonely, Actual-Size Cardboard Character Stand Ups!

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A Critical Analysis of David Bowie’s Crotch Bulge in Labyrinth

David Bowie Labyrinth Costume
David Bowie’s Jareth the Goblin King Costume, Wig and Props from Labyrinth (Photographed By Gail at Seattle’s EMP)

All of this very sad David Bowie news is the only thing that is making people click on links this week, it seems, and we are all in need of a serious laugh, as a respite from our endless weeping. So, here you go, just in case you missed this brilliant piece of alternative film criticism by Rob Bricken when it was originally published at This Link in April of 2013:

A curious movie watcher [asks]:

I realize that you may not be able to answer this question in the same way that ladies and gay men would be, but in your professional opinion as a nerd and movie watcher, which had the greater visual impact in their respective films: David Bowie’s pants in Labyrinth, or Sting’s eagle-shaped codpiece in the Dune movie? In both cases, I felt strongly that their respective directors filmed them in such as way as to convince me that [their crotches] were completely independent, possibly sentient entities. If so, do you think they should have also received separate acknowledgement during the end credits in their films?

Well, you’re right in that I might have a different answer than some, so consider this my opinion, and nothing more: I say the Bowie Bulge in Labyrinth had more visual impact than Sting’s Stinger in Dune, and here’s why:

Sting Dune 1984

First of all, Sting’s underwear in Dune — while winged and containing a massive bulge — doesn’t really show off a lot of detail. Obviously, Sting’s packing something down there, but the underpants themselves cover a volume of space, which Sting’s junk could be contained with room to spare, or fill to the brim. The underpants are solid and opaque, so there’s no way to know for sure.

Meanwhile, Bowie is wearing tights in Labyrinth that show off his Diamond Dog in stunning detail, so we know it’s enormous. It might — might — be smaller than Sting’s package if it truly maxes out its container, but I say the visual proof of Bowie’s gargantuan batch beats Sting’s potential.

But that’s not all; Sting is only in his skivvies for one scene in Dune, while Bowie is strutting around in his Pants Magic Pants for almost the entirety of Labyrinth. More importantly, the way Lynch made Dune, the film — well, Sting’s near-naked duel makes sense, visually and conceptually, within the film’s style. It has a visual impact, but it’s an impact on par with things like the Sandworms and Baron Harkonnen and all that.

Meanwhile, Bowie’s package is the sexual tyrannosaurus hiding in plain sight in what is supposedly a fun kids’ fantasy-adventure movie. While technically more subtle, this half-hearted attempt to hide it is like trying to hide an elephant in your closet — it just makes the elephant a lot more obvious. And most importantly, remember, Labyrinth is about a teenage girl trying to rescue her baby brother from goblins — and the fact that the Goblin King has a massive, massive dick adds this weird, omnipresent sexuality to the entire movie, which I’m not 100% sure wasn’t included on purpose. I say Bowie’s bulge definitely had the bigger impact (so to speak). Also, I am 99% sure Bowie’s penis has its own SAG card.

Should I mention that “Postal Apocalypse” is my favorite thing I do at io9, or does the fact that I got to write 300 words about David Bowie’s crotch in Labyrinth make it go without saying?

david bowie crotch bulge

Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition at Discovery Times Square Center

Avengers Station Party Invite
All Photos By Gail Except Image Above and Where Noted

Nobody throws a party quite like the Discovery Center in Times Square, but they out did themselves this past Thursday as a crowd of 700 invited guests gathered for the opening night launch of Discovery’s newest state-of-the-art exhibit Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. – which is a must see attraction for Marvel Comics fans.

Shield Bio Lab

It was fun to get a preview of the exhibit in a setting that wasn’t rushed and allowed us space to take decent photos. I’d also like to give a shout out to whoever catered the event, as the food – which included Lobster Brioche, Shrimp Toasts, Mini Big Macs, Chicken Quesadillas and Chocolate Mini Cupcakes (courtesy of Georgetown Cupcake) was also among the best party food I’ve ever had. And now, on to the exhibit!

Hologram

Marvel’s AVENGERS S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) The Exhibition is a completely immersive experience that brings visitors into the world of The AVENGERS. Visitors of all ages are granted S.H.I.E.L.D. access to the official S.T.A.T.I.O.N. headquarters and taken deep into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Avengers Control Room Stock
Avengers Control Room Image Courtesy of Discovery Times Square

Once inside, visitors have open access to a vast array of intelligence files, classified studies and experiments that explores the history and scientific origins of Marvel’s The Avengers. Visitors will also be given unprecedented access to some of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s most highly guarded artifacts such as Captain America’s Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki’s Scepter, a hermetically sealed Chitauri and more, recovered after the Battle of New York.

Memorabilia Case

NASA, the Science & Entertainment Exchange (a program of the National Academy of Sciences), Neuroverse, and Thwacke are all collaborating on the Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibition visitors will get the chance to map out the stars to find Asgard (where Thor lives!), learn to operate Iron Man’s suit, witness the neurological effects of Bruce Banner’s transformation into the Hulk, and physically test themselves against Captain America.

Control Room Screen

Here are some photos of what you will see when you visit Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.

Movie Prop
Captain America’s Birth Pod

Captain America Shield
Captain America Shield

Captain America Costume
Captain America Costume

Avengers Prop

Avengers Costume
Chitauri Warrior from Loki’s Army

Avengers Loki Props
Loki’s Scepter and Hemet (He is Such a Badass)

Avengers Props

Avengers Props

Avengers Trench Coat Costume
Nick Fury’s Trench Coat

Avengers Costume

Iron Man Costume
Iron Man Suit

Iron Man Room
Iron Man Lab

The is also a gift shop in the basement that is the size of Toys r Us where you can get your Geek on.

Hulk Masks

Avengers Action Figures

Thor Gift Shop

Discovery Times Square is located at 226 W 44th Street (Between 7th and 8th Avenues) New York NY 10036.Visit This Link for more Information, Exhibit Hours and Advance Ticket Sales.

Avengers Station Signage

Bowers Museum Presents Cut! Costume and The Cinema

Bowers Costumes Duchess Purple
Costume Worn by Keira Knightly in The Duchess (All Photos By Gail)

If you live in Southern California, you still have a few more weeks left to visit Bowers Museum in Santa Ana to see the Cut! Costume and The Cinema exhibit, which I saw in December.

Bowers Costumes Black Gown and Suit

Here’s a little bit about the exhibit from Bowers’ website:

Discover the glamour, luxury and artistry of cinematic couture in this exhibition from the renowned British costumer, Cosprop Ltd and organized by Exhibits Development Group. Forty-three costumes worn by 30 actors in 25 different films attest to the sumptuous fabrics, lavish lace and embroidery, unparalleled craftsmanship and creativity, and the essential ingredient costumes play in the authenticity of a period film. Many of the costumes have won major awards including Oscars from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and BAFTAs from the British Association of Film and Television Arts.

Bowers Costumes Brown Gilt Jacket

Bowers Costumes Wonderland
Robe Worn By Kate Winslet in Finding Neverland

Visitors to the exhibition will be transported from fairy tale England (Angelica Huston, Ever After) to colonial Virginia (Colin Farrell, The New World) to 18th-century England (Keira Knightley, The Duchess) and to 19th-century Paris – fantastic and opulent – (Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera). They will enjoy the fashions of the early 20th century – of World War I Italy (Sandra Bullock, In Love and War), of seedy Shanghai in the 1930s (Natasha Richardson and Ralph Fiennes, The White Countess) and of World War II Belarus (Daniel Craig, Defiance).

Bowers Costumes Black Dress

With the exception of The Duchess and Finding Neverland, I hadn’t seen, or in many cases even heard of, some of the films in which these costumes were worn. The costumes are all beautiful though and the exhibit includes extensive information and back stories on each piece, how it was made and how the garment relates to the historical period of the film. Very interesting!

Bowers Costumes Radha Mitchell Dress
Dress Worn by Radha Mitchell in Finding Neverland

If you enjoy fashion or cinema I would say this is a must-see exhibit!

Bowers Costumes Black Suit

Cut! Costume and The Cinema, will be on Exhibit through March 10th, 2013 at Bowers Museum, Located at 2002 N. Main Street in Santa Ana, California.

Bowers Costumes Grey Dress and Stole
Dress from Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Bowers Costumes Grey Gown

Bowers Costumes Land of Blind Gown
Red Ball Gown from Land of The Blind

Bowers Costumes Pink Petal Dress
Dress from Phantom of The Opera