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MUSE: the incredible Wes Anderson March 18, 2014

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All day long 24/7 our brains are ingesting cues — into the mix pours a never-ending stream
of everywhere signals…

Out of all of the competing sensory envoys out there, my favorite is MOVIES.

Here you find the construct where a complete style focus takes place.

But it’s a complicated success. Just watch an OSCAR show to appreciate all the categories it takes to create a time and space that exists independent of the real world but just as reality based: timeframe, location, wardrobe, music, sounds, all themed together to weave a credible material world.

I am a huge Wes Anderson Fan.

Not only do I get completely lost in whatever tale he’s telling, I get completely lost in the details and looks that he crafts in the process.

DAZED Magazine is hosting a Grand Budapest Day at their site with many interviews and articles but this one really grabbed my attention: “Tavi selects the most overlooked Wes Anderson costumes” where she writes:

“The cultish look of each of Wes Anderson’s films creates a self-contained visual world where quirky sartorial touches are the main vocabulary.”

Indeed – his newest film The Grand Budapest Hotel is deliciously candy-colored vintage bliss:


But it is Anderson’s mix of wardrobe details and photo lighting that I find so very special.

They create moments in time like no other; although many have a vintage reference or use character types or costuming that cue a vaguely remembered whole, the end result is something completely out of this world:

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This book “The Wes Anderson Collection” illustrated by the wonderful Max Dalton puts it all into a colorful perspective:

I could wander these worlds for many a day – it is intriguing to experience the back-story behind all of the landscapes Anderson creates.

One of the most intriguing outputs enjoyed this week? A collection of color chips from WA’s archive shots that sample the details of scenes from various films (takes a moment to load):

truly a happy romp in the visual garden – have fun exploring these links and be mused…

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beautiful Rome, beautiful 1951 French actress Capucine, wearing a lovely persimmon-colored sweater

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Adding a little spice to the sugar, today we invite you on a little trip…

Earlier this year, the lovely Michele Bernstein helped us on our photoshoot of TAURIEL in the forestry magic of Laurelhurst Park and this week wrote about it on her blog.

I had a great time working with Michele – she helped me with a huge reflector and did what I call “dotting the i’s & crossing the t’s”: making sure there were no weird clothing glitches or shadows or other stuff that the photographer has a hard time keeping track of in the middle of the fast paced work!

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It was a challenging shoot – the light was soft and atmospheric – very overcast, meaning Nature’s Softbox was helping us get a really pretty diffused look.

But it was also very moist out – actually started raining and that was a “hidden” drawback. In my last two photo shoots, dealing with intermittent rain and heavy humidity has been very challenging. When you shoot outside, there’s usually nowhere to hide and you just have to keep going.

Something new I found that happens is the model blinks much more than when it’s dry out! So next time, I need to take a few more shots to fool Mr. Rain!

Read Michele’s post here at PDXKnitterati where we’re giving away a copy of the pattern. Comment and join the fun!

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